Congratulations to the winners of Australia’s only national amateur photobook competition hosted by the Australian Photographic Society (APS) and Momento Pro. In its fifth edition, the competition attracted 37 entries across the Storytelling and Portfolio categories, from members of the APS and local camera clubs. The books were diverse in format and subject, and they featured a range of photographic genres including landscape, portrait, travel, nature, architecture, street and fine art nudes.
The success of a photo book is subjective but at the Australia & New Zealand Photobook Awards the guiding principle is the “fitness for purpose and audience” for every element of the work: the photography, the design, layout, sequencing, text, typography, cover and format. An engaging visual narrative and originality of the concept and design are also vital.
Book awards have already played a significant role in the career of emerging Melbourne photographer Sarah J. Walker. In 2017 she won the Perimeter Small Book Prize. She went on to win the Photobook category of the Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award 2018 with Second Sight – the book published as a result of the Small Book Prize.
One of the the antipodes most prolific and outspoken photo book creators, passed away last month, Harvey Benge. In his own words, “I live and work between Auckland and Paris. My interest lies in the strange anthropology of cities, observing and making photographs of the unusual and overlooked in the human landscape where nothing is as it seems. I make photographic series which evolve into book works.”