APPA Photography Book Awards 2016

Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto by Robert van Koesveld won the AIPP APPA Photography Book Award 2015 and entries are now open until 11 August for the 2016 Awards. Enter now.


Geiko & Maiko of Kyoto by West Australian photographer Robert van Koesveld won the Australian Institute of Professional Photography’s APPA Photography Book Award 2015, and entries are now open again for the 2016 Awards but only until 11 August.

This photo book presents a series of portraits of geisha in a stunning design that incorporates patterns lifted directly from their exquisite costumes, along with complementary images and information about the cultural rituals and service network that allows the art form to live on.

Robert self published his book under the imprint Presence Publishing, and we were honoured to have produced a proof book prior to the traditional offset print run in China, as well as an inkjet printed, fine art limited edition version that did justice to the intricate details and vivid colours of the photographs.

To learn more about the making of the book or to buy a copy visit



APPA Photography Book Award 2016

The AIPP APPA Photography Book Award 2016 is now open for entry but you’ll need to act quickly as entries close on 11 August.  Official entry details from the APPA website are below, along with our summary to help you get moving quickly.


+ $1000 Cash
+ $1000 Momento Pro product
+ Trophy

Entrant Requirements

Open to all Australian Professional, Emerging, Student photographers that are:

+ AIPP seeded or qualified
+ Approved as Wildcard entrants *
+ Directly invited
+ Overseas professional photographers

Entry Process

+ Fee: $50.00 for AIPP Members and $85.00 for non AIPP members
* Non members must request Wildcard entry from by 28 Jul
To ensure Wildcard approval, confirm you’re a Momento Pro customer
+ The AIPP will send login details for you to register your entry online by 11 Aug
+ Online entry requires you to upload a cover image of your book
+ You must also mail a physical copy of your book to APPA by 5pm 17 August to:

APPA Awards c/o Photographic Studies College
65 City Rd
Southbank VIC 3006

Momento Pro orders for APPA Award entries

If you need to print an existing, unprinted or unpublished book contacts us.

+ Call us on 1300 650 127 to use one of your 40% Studio Display discounts
+ Place your order by Monday 25 July for Premium books
+ Place your order by Monday 1 July for Standard book

Judging Panel

This year the Photography Book Award will enjoy open judging and we invite you to join us on Friday 26 August from 6.30-8.00pm at the Pullman Hotel, Albert Park, Melbourne. The panel includes experts in photography, book design and book publishing.

+ Kirsten Abbott of Thames + Hudson Australia
+ Peter Eastway of Better Photography Magazine + Custom Publishing Services
+ Sally Brownbill of The Brownbill Effect
+ Doug Spowart of Cooper & Spowart
+ Vicki Cooper of Cooper & Spowart

Judging Criteria

As the major sponsor of the APPA Photography Book Category we’ll be hosting an open discussion about all aspects of this Award category after the judging concludes at 8.00pm on Friday 26 August.  We welcome you to join us and have your say.

+ Photography
+ Visual impact
+ Storytelling
+ Design creativity (layout and text)
+ Book composition
+ Presentation
+ Saleability

APPA Photography Book Award 2016 Entry Details


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