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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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How to win a photo book award: judge’s enlightenment

To guide you in the creation of an award-winning photo book we’ve curated some comments from the 2018 judges of the Australia & New Zealand Photobook Awards, that may help you avoid some pitfalls and inspire you to consider some elements for your own publication.

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.

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Sarah J. Walker: Second Sight & Pelci Manor

If you’re contemplating entering the Australia & New Zealand photo book awards (or not), peruse this post about Melbourne-based Gen Z photographer Sarah J. Walker who can credit two photobook award wins for producing her first two publications.

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.

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Homage to Harvey Benge (1944 – 2019)

Harvey Benge was well known in the anitpodean and European photo book community as prolific, oustpoken and entertaining. Following his passing this month we share his thoughts on book making, his bibliography and comments from his photo loving network.

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.”

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