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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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‘A Sun Dance In Sandringham’ by Solomon Mortimer

‘A Sundance in Sandringham’ is a photo book by New Zealand photographer, Solomon Mortimer, published in collaboration with PhotoForum in March 2019. The book was produced by print-on-demand company Momento Pro care of Mortimer winning the New Zealand Photobook of the Year Self Published Award 2015.

Momento Pro established the Australia and New Zealand Photobook of the Year Award, and its earlier incarnations, to help antipodean photo artists produce publications and progress their photographic career. We’re proud to have now helped bring 10 new photo book titles to life including, A Sundance in Sandringham by Solomon Mortimer. This title was published by Mortimer and PhotoForum in March 2019, and the story behind-the-book is outlined below.

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‘ROYGBIV’ by ANZPA Student winner Kira Sampurno

The Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award Student Winner for 2018, Kira Sampurno, reveals details about the editing, sequencing and design process of ROYGBIV.

We feel it’s important to tell the story behind photo books as it gives insight into their purpose and process. It can also enlighten those creating their own photo book or looking to enter international photo book competitions.

Today we interview the Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award Student Winner for 2018, Kira Sampurno, about her playful publication, ROYGBIV, that presents a fresh perspective on the streetscape of downtown Wellington. Indonesian born, Sampurno, produced the book as part of a Bachelor of Design (Honours) at Massey University, New Zealand. Read on to learn how she put it together.

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