If you’d like to test out your photo book design skills, the Australian Photographic Society Photobook Competition is accepting entries until 21 August 2020. The comp is open to Australian Photographic Society and Australian camera club members, and entry is free. You simply need to submit a physical copy and an entry form and you could be in the running for $1500 in prizes including $500 cash from the APS Print Group and $1,000 worth of vouchers from Momento Pro.
There are two categories you can enter depending on your interest in making photo books – Portfolio and Storytelling. There are no restrictions on the size, content or print method, so you can be as creative or you like or simply curate a selection of your best images.
You can print your book by any method or service, including printing at home and hand binding – if you possess such skills! If you choose to print with Momento Pro, don’t forget that Camera Club members get 30% off their first order then 10% off all other orders. You’ll need to order by 30 July to receive your book in time to submit before the deadline, which means you’ll also get an extra 10% discount care of our Helping Hand special offer. Note: The extra 10% discount can’t be combined with first order discount).
So what are the judges looking for in a photo book? Excellence and fitness-for-purpose in the photography, the selection and sequencing of images, as well as the design, layout and typography. In the Storytelling category, the judges will also be assessing the originality of the concept and design, and whether your book presents an engaging visual narrative.
For some guidance here’s what the judges (Tammy Law, David Symons and Louis Lim) had to say about last year’s winners.
2019 PORTFOLIO CATEGORY WINNERS
1st place: Shooting Hummingbirds in Ecuador by Elizabeth Riley >> Look inside
“The design and layout elegantly presented; appreciate the technical difficulty; beautiful photographs.”
2nd place: Remote Australia by Martin Riley >> Look inside
“The pairing of people and landscape is effective; thoughtful pairing and sequencing of images; somewhat inconsistent use of colour and mono images.”
3rd place: Skyview by Mieke Boynton >> Look inside
Beautiful aerial view; to refine suggest remove drop shadow in text; the rhythms of the landscape need to be reflected in the cover.
2019 STORYTELLING CATEGORY WINNERS
1st place: Fortitude by Lou Gilbert
“Executed and unique concept; some brilliantly contrasting pairings; something different and effective.”
2nd place: The Last Months Of Kathputli by Ingrid Hendriksen >> Look inside
“Photography, design and layout all excellent; beautiful images and sequencing; a really impressive visual narrative.”
3rd place: Any Given Thursday by Anne Pappalardo >> Look inside
“Particularly well-sequenced sections; great book concept with thoughtfully constructed images: lovely images match the narrative of the book, well done.”
CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners. If we’ve inspired you to enter, visit the APS Photobook Competition web page and submit before 21 August. Good luck!
Tammy Law (more)
Tammy is a documentary photographer who’s practice focuses on issues of migration, diaspora and cultural difference. She was a finalist and winner of the People’s Choice awards for the 2018 Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award and her book, Permission To Belong, was included in the 2018 Singapore International Photography Festival Photobook Showcase.
David Symons (more)
David is a Brisbane-based photo artist who’s interest in photography sits on the edge of the real and imagined. He has been a finalist in the Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award, The Olive Cotton Award and the IRIS Award.
Louis Lim (more)
Louis is a photographer and book-maker who explores the human condition of those under-represented in mainstream media. His work has been shortlisted in Singapore International Photography Festival Photo Book Showcase 2018, and 2018 Libris Award with acquisition by Artspace Mackay and exhibited at the Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo, Melbourne Art Book Fair and Tokyo Art Book Fair.