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Host a Camera Club Photobook Competition

Making a photo book extends your creative skills in editing, sequencing, layout and visual storytelling. Establish a photo book prize for your camera club with some help from Momento Pro’s competition guidelines and web template.

If you’re keen to extend the photographic skills and creativity of your camera club members, consider hosting an annual photo book competition. Through the process of transforming a series of photographs into a book, they’ll refine their photo editing skills, learn about sequencing, layout and design, and improve their visual storytelling.

To make setting up a competition an easy process, we’ve created a How To Host A Photobook Competition Guide as well as a Photobook Competition webpage template, and profiled some winners of existing club comps below. If you’re inspired, feel free to hit us up for a voucher prize too.

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‘Souvenirs of Sleep’ by Ling Ang

Momento Pro recently produced a custom format limited edition photo book for film maker Ling Ang. In this interview we ask her and designer Ned Rahmanovic about their creative collaboration, innovative book design and their choices on the photo book’s format and materials.

Singaporean born, Melbourne-based filmmaker, Ling Ang, has been journaling her dreams for years, and her upcoming photo book Souvenirs of Sleep is where she reveals them. Her limited edition book produced by Momento Pro weaves together photographs captured from her conscious world to illustrate the narratives of her subconscious mind. Here we interview Ling and designer Ned Rahmanovic about the book’s origins and playful design, and take you behind-the-scenes of its production.

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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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10 Golden Rules of Photobook Design by Sybren Kuiper

The ten golden rules of photobook design by Dutch graphic designer Sybren Kuiper.

Sybren Kuiper is a contemporary Dutch graphic designer who specialises in narrating stories through images and text. His ten rules below are written from the perspective of a graphic designer when working with a photographer on a photobook project.

#1. Never forget the basics: a photo book has two defining qualities: 1. it is a book; 2. it is full of photographs.

#2. When you start designing don’t listen to the photographer. Listen to the photos, then to the photographer.

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