|Welcome to the Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award hosted by Momento Pro. The Award celebrates excellence, originality and 'fitness for purpose' in photo book creation, while the cash and print prizes help local artists produce publications and progress their photographic career. Since 2011 prizes valued at $137,000 have been distributed to 155 finalists whose work has been showcased in a travelling exhibition and print catalogues that are distributed to photo book communities, critics, and media across the world. Visit our gallery to see past winners, and for photo book inspiration and information follow our Instagram feed and newsletter.
The Awards are now held biannually. The next round of submissions open late 2021 and winners are announced early 2022. Books created or published between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 will be eligible to enter.
Cast your People's Choice vote online
CONGRATULATIONS to our winners:
Winners + Finalists 2019
And to our other finalists from 104 entries:
- PHOTOBOOK WINNER: Apókryphos by Cherine Fahd and M.33, Melbourne
- STUDENT WINNER: The Bridge by Matteo Dal Vera and Michael Weatherill at University of Technology, Sydney
- PHOTOBOOK COMMENDED: Jump Into Bed With Me by Paul Knight and Perimeter Editions
- PHOTOBOOK COMMENDED: Tem Bigato Nessa Goiaba by Cecilia Sordi Campos
- STUDENT COMMENDED: The Moat by Oliver Hodgkins at Photography Studies College, Melbourne
View all our 2019 winners and finalists in detail here.
- Banana Spider Bite by Jordan Madge and Bad News Books
- Imaanshaha by Saynab Muse and PhotoForum Inc
- Mongrelism by Jono Rotman, Here Press (London) and Images Vevey (Switzerland)
- Rear View Mirror by Jonathan May
- Still Looking Good by Alice Connew with Oliver Connew and GLORIA Books
- Tabriz to Shiraz by Sarah Pannell, Perimeter Editions and Hillvale
- The Man from Apophenia by David Symons
The winners were announced on Friday 6 March 2020 at the Photobook/NZ festival opening night, hosted at Te Papa in Wellington, New Zealand by the legendary Spanish photo book maker and Magnum member, Cristina de Middel.
2022 Entry dates
- Open - second half of 2021
- Close - to be confirmed
Award host, Momento Pro is offering $10,000 in print credit prizes to enable winners and finalists to print and publish an existing or future publication. See full Prize Terms & Conditions below. The print credit prizes include:
Momento Pro Print Prizes
- Photobook Winner: $2,000
- Student Winner: $1,500
- Photobook Commended: $1,000
- Student Commended: $750
- Finalists: $500 each for up to 8 finalists
- People's Choice: $750
For Photobook Winner
Our Award partners are also offering extra prizes and value designed to help extend the awareness and audience for the finalists and winners.
- Onstage interview at PHOTO 2020 festival
- Marketing consult with Unless You Will
For all Winners + Commended
- Interview with Paper Journal
- Blog post at The Momentum
For all Finalists
- Inclusion in Award exhibition travelling to Photobook/NZ, The Library Project (Dublin), PHOTO 2020 festival, and other venues throughout the region
- Profiling on @anzphotobookaward + @photofestivalau Instagram feeds
Judging & Criteria
The judges are experts in photography, picture editing, publication design and photobook production, who review the digital and physical books to assess the:
The judging panel consists of Australian and New Zealand based judges, and one international judge. The international judge reviews the digital files only and participates in the physical judging via video.
- Excellence of the photography, design, layout, typography and cover art
- Quality of the photo editing and sequencing to create an engaging visual narrative
- Originality of the concept and design
- Ability of any additional imagery, text or ephemera to enhance the story in the photographs and/or book
- Appropriateness of photography, design and format for the book's intended purpose and audience
Due to the small and close knit antipodean photobook community, some judges may have an association with an entry. The Judging Chair and Award Coordinator will ensure that judges are unable to score or comment on entries they have an association with.
The People’s Choice Award goes to the finalist who receives the most votes from visitors to the finalist exhibition.
Judging Chair: Ann Shelton
Massey University, Te Kunenga Ki Purehuroa, University of New Zealand
Ann is an internationally recognised photo artist, and Honorary Research Fellow in Photography at Whiti o Rehua School of Art. Her work comprises large-scale, hyper-real photographic works and her most recent research engages with plant narratives and histories. Her first solo exhibition in the US, Jane Says was presented at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York in 2019, while her past work In A Forest has been shown in London, Berlin and Spain. She has also published several photo books including: Dark Matter, A Library To Scale, Redeye, A New Skin and Room Room. Shelton has a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University, and an MFA from the University of British Columbia.
Ángel Luis Gonzalez Fernandez
Founder & CEO of Photo Ireland
The PhotoIreland Foundation is dedicated to stimulating a critical dialogue around photography in Ireland and to internationally promoting the work of Irish-based artists. The Foundation hosts the PhotoIreland Festival every July, and runs The Library Project, a bookshop, gallery and resource housing 2500+ photo books from 250 publishers worldwide. Ángel won the David Manley Entrepreneur Award in 2011 for the PhotoIreland Festival project and has been a portfolio reviewer at Les Rencontres d'Arles, Format Derby and PhotoEspaña.
Picture Editor, Creative Director & Producer (Australia)
Born in San Francisco, Rachel has lived and worked in Sydney and in New York, as a photography editor, curator, teacher, advisor, and producer. After graduating from Sydney College of The Arts in 1984 she worked for a picture book publisher and photographers' agency. She moved to New York in 1990 and worked as the Director of Photography at Rolling Stone Magazine (NY), with photographers including Mary Ellen Mark, Mark Seliger, Peter Lindbergh, Dan Winters, Herb Ritts and David Lachapelle. She now lives in Sydney, freelancing on photography and film projects, and teaching for the Australian Centre for Photography. Rachel recently put together the Art for The Wilderness auction.
Head of Publishing, Penguin Random House NZ
With over 18 years’ experience in the ANZ book trade, Claire has a passion for non-fiction and illustrated books, including biography and memoir, history, Māori and Pasifika, art, design and photography. Her past roles include picture researcher at Sydney's The Photolibrary, Publisher at Te Papa Press, and more recently, product and audience development leader at Radio New Zealand. She has worked closely with senior cultural leaders, journalists and artists, to bring their stories to life and has, "refreshing and progressive ideas for local publishing." Claire is also the training and development liaison for the Publishers Association of New Zealand.
Founder/Creative Director, Bundy Agency
Scott has a passion for photography that tells a story and communicates a strong message. For over 30 years, he has worked with some of Australia’s finest commercial, fashion and portrait photographers. His has been photographing since the age of 21, and since then has guided major shoots for BMW, Australian Cricket, Qantas, The Australian Formula One Grand Prix and Australian Defence Force. Working in advertising, digital and design, Scott brings a different set of eyes to the judging panel.
Momento Pro is the proud patron of the Australian and New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards, and Australia's first and and finest on-demand photobook company since 2004. We produce premium hardcover and softcover books, as well as booklets and personalised stationery, to international award-winning standards and in quantities of one up to 250 copies. We actively support the local photo book community through these Awards, hosting Photobook Reviews and self-publishing workshops, connecting photographers with editors, designers and publishers, and with practical publishing guides. To find out more or ask for advice visit our online homes at momentopro.com.au or momentopro.co.nz.
Photobook/NZ is New Zealand’s national photobook festival, celebrating small press photobooks. The next biennial event takes place from 4 to 8 March 2020 in Wellington. The festival will feature the Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award ceremony and exhibition, a masterclass with Cristina de Middel, Anna Brown and David Cook, a book fair, and presentations by Matthew Casteel, Daniel Boetker-Smith, Jono Rotman and Perimeter.
PHOTO 2020, international festival of photography
PHOTO is a new biennial international festival of photography running from 23 April to 10 May 2020, in collaboration with over 25 cultural institutions in Melbourne's CDB and across regional Victoria. It will showcase photography from Australia and around the world through exhibitions and artist commissions, as well as talks, screenings, masterclasses and education programs. The festival will also host our Award exhibition, an interview with the 2019 Photobook Award winner, as well as talks and book launches by past winners.
The Antipodean Photobook
The Antipodean Photobook is an online resource dedicated to information about the art, practice and history of the photobook format in the Antipodes – Australia and New Zealand - founded by Australian academics and photo book artists, Dr Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper. The duo also coordinate the Award exhibition and and accompany it to some of its destinations including Brisbane, Hobart, Canberra and Adelaide. They often host workshops and presentations about the practice and history of creating antipodean photo books.
Studio 541 is an art gallery based in Mount Eden, Auckland, that supports and encourages emerging and established artists from differing disciplines, through exhibitions, workshops, and discussions in the area of photography and fine art. Studio 541 has previously hosted an Award ceremony and exhibition, and in 2020 they will be hosting the judging session, as well as the exhibition.
Unless You Will Studio
Unless You Will, founded by photographer-curators Heidi Romano and Alana Holmberg, is a creative studio specialising in design and communications for the photography industry. They provide a range of high-quality services related to social media, website design, branding, media relations and marketing strategy to artists, galleries, agencies, online platforms and cultural institutions. In 2020 they will provide a 2-hour consult to the Photobook Award winner tailored to the winner's specific marketing needs.
Paper Journal is an online and print magazine, and event host, that presents the best in contemporary visual arts and photography, care of contributors from Melbourne, London, NYC and around the world. To help boost the profile of antipodean photo books and their creators, we've teamed up with founder and editor, Patricia Karallis, to publish an interview with the 2019 winners in the Paper Journal March edition.
PhotoIreland - The Library Project
Run by PhotoIreland in Dublin, The Library Project is a bookshop, photobook library, and gallery that showcases local and international artists with a focus on contemporary photography and photobooks. The Library Project will host the Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award 2019 finalist exhibition, and all past winning books, in 2020.
Founded in 2015 by Anita Tótha, Remote Photobooks distributes photo books and photo-related publications from established and emerging creators and independent publishers in New Zealand. Harvey Benge, Bruce Connew, Shelley Jacobson, Simon Devitt, Allan McDonald, Chris Leskovsek, Solomon Mortimer, Ann Shelton and Yvonne Todd.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
How to enter
1. Register your entry online by 11:59:59pm AEST on 20 January 2020 including the:
2. Submit a physical copy by 11:59:59pm AEST on 20 January 2020 to one of the addresses below. Note: Due to the public holiday in New Zealand on 20 January, we will accept receipt of the physical book until 21 January by 4:59:59pm AEST.
- Upload of a low-resolution PDF book file, less than 200MB (if your book is handmade)
- Upload of a cover image in JPEG format (or first page if there is no cover design)
- Payment of an Entry Fee (if required)
- If you experience upload issues click here
The package must be addressed to Photobook Awards c/o Momento Pro and include a copy of the Registration Form.
New Zealand residents
- By Post or Courier: 15-17 Merton St, Zetland NSW 2017
- By Post: PO Box 24 111 Manners St, Wellington 6011
- By Courier: 102-108 Wakefield St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011
- Australian resident: AUD $35.00 inc GST
- New Zealand resident: AUD $34.00 GST not applicable
- Australian or New Zealand resident: No entry fee required
- Must be a publication that focuses on photographic content presented in a visual narrative
- Can be printed via any method or service
- Can be unpublished, self published, trade published or published by an academic or cultural institution
- Does not require an ISBN
- Can include work by one or more photographers, who meet all entrant requirements outlined below
- Can include found images as long as they meet all other terms and conditions
- Must not infringe copyright, breach any laws or violate third party rights
- Must have been published or the design completed between 1 Jan 2018 and 31 Dec 2019
- Must be submitted as a digital PDF file compatible with the requirements outlined below, and as a physical copy
- Must not have been entered into previous Australian or New Zealand Photobook Of The Year Awards
- Books will be returned to non-finalists who include a prepaid, self-addressed envelope with their book submission
- Winner and finalist books will remain in the Award archives for public access and exhibition
- We do not accept responsibility for damaged books or books lost in transit
- Must be the photographer or publisher of the book
- Must own the copyright or provide written copyright permission on request
- Must register online, submit a digital file and physical book according to specifications in the How To Enter section
- Must agree to be added to the Awards and Momento Pro email list
- Must grant permission for the book to appear in digital and print promotions of the Awards
- Must indemnify Momento against any and all claims by third parties relating to a violation of intellectual property rights as a result of entering this competition, and bear all costs arising from such a breach, including any damages
- If selected as a finalist:
- Must grant permission for the book to appear in digital and print promotions for the Awards
- Must be able to provide a 60 second video compatible with our specifications, for showcasing online and during the exhibition
- Must approve the inclusion of a double page spread from the finalist book to be printed by Momento Pro and hung in the exhibition
Photobook Category Entrant Requirements
- Must be a citizen, permanent resident or registered company in Australia or New Zealand
- Must pay the entry fee
Student Category Entrant Requirements
- Students can enter either the Photobook or Student category but not both
- Must have studied at an Australian or New Zealand institution
- There is no entry fee for the Student category
- Must have published or completed the design of the photo book while enrolled as a student between 1 Jan 2018 and 31 Dec 2019 at:
- An Australian or New Zealand university
- An Australian TAFE institute or Registered Training Organisation
- A New Zealand university, Private Training Establishment (PTE) or Institute of Technology & Polytechnics (ITP)
- International students are eligible to enter, provided they meet the criteria above
- Photobook prizes can only be awarded to an entrant of the Photobook category
- Student prizes can only be awarded to an entrant of the Student category
- Finalists will be selected from Photobook and Student category entrants
- Student and Photobook winners are not eligible to receive the Finalist credit prize
- The People’s Choice award is selected from the finalists, and goes to the book with the most votes from visitors to the Award exhibition
- Finalists will be exhibited in the Award exhibition, catalogue and on the website
- Prizes will be awarded to the entrant as listed in the entry form
The print credit value:
- Is in AUD or NZD depending on the winner's country of residence
- Can only be used for printing work created by the photographer or publisher
- Is non-transferable to another party
- In the case of a published photo book, 50% of the credit does to the photographer and 50% to the publisher
- Expires 18 months after written notification and no extension will be granted
- Is not redeemable for cash, and cannot be combined with any other Momento Pro discount
- Can be used to purchase books, booklets or albums in the Momento Pro print-on-demand, standard volume range or an approved custom order
- Winner/s must register with the Momento Pro service within 30 days to allow for the credit to be added to their account
- Works printed using the credit prize can:
- Only be produced by Momento Pro Australia
- Only be delivered to Australian or New Zealand addresses
- Be included in Award and Momento Pro promotions
How do the Awards define a 'photobook'?
A photobook is a publication that focuses on photographic content presented in a visual narrative.
Does the book need to be previously published?
No. The book can be unpublished, self published, trade published, or published via an academic or cultural institution.
Does the book need an ISBN?
No, an International Standard Book Number is not required.
Can the book be published overseas?
Yes, as long as the photographer is an Australian or New Zealand citizen, resident or student at the time of publishing.
What format is required for the digital book file?
A low-resolution PDF less than 200MB. Individual JPEG files will not be accepted.
How can I submit a digital file if my book was not digitally created, it was handmade?
Video or photograph each page or spread of your book. Submit the video via our Hightail account. Convert your pages from jpegs to a single PDF
before uploading via the Entry Form or Hightail account. You can use the Momento Pro software to layout and sequence your jpegs into a single book file. To use Momento Pro's software, register with Momento Pro then download the software. After exporting the book design, upload the Master.MBF file to your Momento Pro account then email firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact our service team for more details or assistance.
What if you experience issues uploading your file via the Entry Registration form?
Submit your file via our Hightail account instead, including "ANZPA entry," your name and book title in the Message field, then email email@example.com.
Is a physical copy of the book required?
Yes. You must submit a physical book. The book can be printed via any print service or process.
Does the book need to be printed by Momento Pro?
No. It can be printed via any method or service. Should you wish to print a copy with Momento Pro a 30% discount is available for Award entries. Custom book orders must be placed by phone before 5.00pm on 6 January 2020, while Standard book orders must be placed by phone before 5.00pm on 20 January 2020. The time is based on AEST in Australia or Wellington time in New Zealand. Details and due dates are listed below.
Can the book include images by more than one photographer?
Yes. Photobooks including work by multiple photographers are eligible but details of all photographer credits must be entered in to the Entry Form and all photographers must meet the Entrant Requirements listed above.
Can the book include found or archival imagery?
Yes, as long as they meet all terms and conditions listed above.
Is there an entry fee?
Yes, there is an entry fee for entrants to the Photobook category. There is no entry fee for entrants to the Student category. Entry fee revenue will assist with the administration of the Awards.
Can international students enter?
Yes, if they were enrolled at an Australian or New Zealand institution between 1 Jan 2018 and 31 Dec 2019, and meet the Student Category Entrant requirements.
Can I submit more than one book?
Yes, you can submit up to three books.
Will I receive feedback on my book?
No. Due to the number of entries we’re unable to provide feedback on every entry.
Will my book be returned?
This is an acquisitive award. Books will be returned to non-finalists who include a prepaid, self-addressed envelope with their book submission. Winner and finalist books will remain in the Award archives for public access and exhibition. We also encourage entrants to submit a copy to the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive.
Momento Pro book discount
Entries can be printed via any method or service. Should you wish to print a copy with Momento Pro, we offer a 30% discount on books that are entered into the Awards. This applies to books from our standard Momento Pro book range. Custom orders are also eligible for a discount but a quote is required first.
Orders must be placed by phone with our Customer Service Team in Australia or by our Service Representative in New Zealand. Custom book orders must be placed by phone before 5.00pm on 6 January 2020, while Standard book orders must be placed by phone before 5.00pm on 20 January 2020. The time is based on AEST in Australia or Wellington time in New Zealand.
Orders will not require payment for delivery as the finished book will be submitted directly to the Awards. Should you wish to view your book prior to submission you will need to order by 6 January 2020 and pay for delivery.