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APS Photobook Competition winners 2019

Meet the winners of the Australian Photographic Society Photobook Competition 2019. In this blog post we profile the books, their creators and why the judges selected them. Enter the 2020 competition by 21 August to be in the running for $1500 in cash and Momento Pro voucher prizes.

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.

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Five publishing success stories from 2019

A case study of five antipodean photo books successfully published in 2019 with assistance from Momento Pro: ‘Intuitive Eating’ by Jana Brunclikova; ‘Loud & Luminous 2019’; ‘Farewell Angelina’ by Anna D’Addario; ‘Pelci Manor’ by Sarah J. Walker; and ‘Lost But Found’ by Peter Sharp.

At Momento Pro, we not only print and bind photo books, we advise on the design and binding that best suits their purpose and budget, as well as ways to fund, launch, promote and sell them. For the inexperienced photo book creator, there are many decisions that will affect the cost and success of your publication. Our aim is to guide you through the maze and help deliver the best outcome for you and your book. Here we outline some projects we worked on in 2019, and the secrets behind their success.

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How to score a photobook publishing deal

Securing a photo book deal with a major trade publisher is rare but Australian animal photographer, Peter Sharp, did just that. Here he shares his experience for others to learn how to pitch, negotiate and navigate a photo book deal of their own.

Peter Sharp is a Sydney photographer who has printed albums for his animal portrait photography business with Momento Pro for many years. When he shared his desire to publish a photo book, we recognised that his project had legs due it accessible and popular subject matter.

We advised on how he could self publish his book, and also put him in touch with local publishers, professional designers and industry experts. In October 2018 he scored a major publishing deal for Lost but Found, and he kindly shares the details of successfully securing and navigating his way through below.

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The ultimate list of photo book awards

If you’ve ever wanted a simple list of photo book awards that Australian and New Zealand photo book creators can enter, look no further. Here you’ll find a list of 21 local and international awards, complete with links and estimated due dates. Go for it!

Entering photo book awards is a great way to get your work seen more – by experts and industry folks who might later connect with you professionally, and by audiences who might want to buy your books or own your prints. This post lists over 20 local and international awards, complete with links to the entry details and estimated due dates. Good luck!

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