The Australian Photo Book of the Year Awards

The Australian Photo Book Of The Year Awards are proudly presented by Photobook Melbourne and Momento Pro, to celebrate excellence and innovation in photo book creation, and to showcase the work of Australian photo artists to a growing local and international audience. The cash and credit prizes valued at $10,500 are designed to help photographers create, produce and promote their publications.


Self Published Winner
+  Red Herring by Jordan Madge

Highly Commended: LA - NY by Sam Wong + Jack Shelton
Highly Commended: Your love is not safe with me by Ailsa Bowyer

Trade Published Winner
+  Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars, 1993-2012 by Stephen Dupont, published by Steidl

Highly Commended: Belanglo by Warwick Baker, published by Perimeter Editions
Highly Commended: Birdland by Leila Jeffreys, published by Hachette

Peoples Choice: The Middle of Somewhere by Sam Harris, Ceiba Foto

View all New Zealand Photo Book of the Year Winners

Award Finalists

Self Published Photobooks
+ LA-NY by Sam Wong and Jack Shelton
+ Magic City #2 by Chloe Ferres
+ By the River by Ian Flanders
+ Red Herring by Jordan Madge
+ STAN by Christian Belgaux and Jack Pam
+ The Moon Belongs to Everyone by Stacy Mehrfar
+ The Smell of Narenj by Hoda Afshar
+ Your love is not safe with me by Ailsa Bowyer

Trade Published Photobooks
+ Belanglo by Warwick Baker, Perimeter Editions, Dan Rule
+ Birdland by Leila Jeffreys, Hachette
+ Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars, 1993 - 2012 by Stephen Dupont, Steidl
+ Limits to Growth by James Farley, Currency Editions
+ The Middle of Somewhere by Sam Harris, Ceiba Foto
+ Arc by Zoe Croggon, Perimeter Editions, Asia Pacific Photobook Archive

Winners announced at Photobook Melbourne project space, Thursday 25 February from 6-8pm.
Categories + Prizes
Momento Pro is delighted to offer cash and credit prizes valued at $10,500.  Full category definitions below.

Self Published Photobook Of The Year $2,000 cash + $5,000 worth of Momento Pro photo book printing
Trade Published Photobook Of The Year $1,000 cash + $2,000 worth of Momento Pro photo book printing
People’s Choice Photobook Of The Year $500 Momento Pro printing
Important Dates
Entries open 1 Nov 2015
Entries close 8 Feb 2016
Award Presentation 25 Feb 2016
Exhibitions Schedule Below
Alasdair Foster of Cultural Development Consulting will chair a panel of photography, design and book publishing experts as they review the physical books and assess their excellence in:

Photography – quality of vision and sequencing of images
Design – layout, typography, cover art, narrative flow
Format – suitability of materials and presentation for purpose
Audience – suitability for exhibition, sale or collection

The judging panel includes:
Heidi Romano of Photobook Melbourne
Alison Stieven-Taylor of Photojournalism Now
Paul McNally of Smith Street Studios
Des Cowley of the State Library of Victoria
Isobel Parker Philip of the Art Gallery of NSW
People's Choice Award

The People's Choice Award is judged from Finalist entries in the Award exhibition only. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to complete a voting form confirming their favourite book. The book with the most votes wins the People's Choice Photobook Of The Year Award. The winner will be announced 31st July.


Winner and finalist books will be showcased in a series of exhibitions at:

H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga
4 to 22 July
Exibition Times: TBC

Building 21, Boorooma St
Charles Sturt University

Whitecliffe College, Auckland
15 to 30 November
Exibition Times: TBC

24 Balfour Road, Parnell

Past Exhibitions

Photobook Melbourne project space, Southbank, Melbourne
25 February to 13 March

Momento Pro, Sydney
24 March to 7 April
Exibition Times: Weekdays 12 - 4pm

20-40 Meagher St, Chippendale
Limited visitor parking available

Maud Gallery, Brisbane
14 April to 24 April
Exibition Times: Wed to Fri @ 4-7pm, Sat to Sun @ 11-4pm

6 Maud Street, Newstead

Terms and Conditions

Entrant requirements

  • Must be a Australian citizen, permanent resident or registered company
  • Must be the photographer, designer or publisher of the book
  • Must own the copyright or provide written permission from the copyright owner to enter. Copyright remains the property of the copyright owner.
  • Must grant a license to reproduce photographs of the work for promotional purposes in connection with the Awards, in digital and print format including media releases.  We will include copyright details wherever possible.
  • Must indemnify Momento Pro and Photobook Melbourne against any and all claims by third parties relating to a violation of intellectual property rights as a result of the entry of their book in this competition, and to bear all costs arising from such a breach, including any damages.
  • Acknowledge that the Judging Panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Self Published Photobook requirements

  • Must be printed or published by the creator
  • Includes dummy books and unpublished work

Trade Published Photobook requirements

  • Must be published by an independent or major trade publisher

All Photobook requirements

  • Must focus on photographic content in a visual narrative
  • Must have had the design completed or have been published between 1 Jan 2014 and 31 Dec 2015
  • Must be submitted as a physical copy to the Awards by 8 Feb 2016
  • Must be the original work of the entrant
  • Must not infringe copyright, include images that: are defamatory, misleading, deceptive or taken in circumstances of trespass; breach industrial law or applicable industry codes; violate third party rights, in particular copyright or rights of personality
Momento Pro 40% Print Discount

Should you wish to print a copy of your Award entry with Momento Pro they are offering a 40% discount on your order. To take up the offer:

  • You need to register online with Momento Pro
  • Your book must be compatible with Momento Pro's book sizes and specifications
  • You must upload your file as a Momento Pro MBF file to your Momento Pro account
  • Then call the Momento Pro service team to pay and activate your order
  • Your order must be placed by the Final Order Dates outlined below
  • The book will be submitted directly to the Awards unless you request otherwise

Be aware that these final order dates do not include time for you to receive and review your book before submitting to the Awards.  If you wish to review your book beforehand you need to calculate the extra time needed to order based on your location and preferred delivery method.

Momento Pro book types

Final Order Dates

Majestic size or Inkjet printed   

Mon 11 Jan 2016

Premium finishes

Mon 18 Jan 2016

Standard finishes

Mon 25 Jan 2016

Click here for more details about Momento Pro printing options, finishes and production times.


In 2016 Photobook Melbourne will host a project space at Boyd School Studios, 207-229 City Rd, Southbank, where Festival Director, Heidi Romano will present exhibitions, workshops, book swaps and slide nights. Through this space Photobook Melbourne will provide a venue for creators and publishers to present their work, launch books, share stories and learn about the practice of book publishing.

More at www.photobookmelbourne.org

Momento Pro is Australia's first and finest on-demand photobook producer that services amateur, emerging, enthusiast and professional photographers and other creatives in Australia and New Zealand.  We are committed to supporting photographers in the region, encourage best practice and innovation photo book production and are proud to the be major sponsor of the Awards and Photobook Melbourne. 

More at www.momentopro.com.au


How do the Awards define a 'photo book'?
A photo book is a publication that focuses on photographic content presented in a visual narrative. It does not include text books about photography.  

What is a 'dummy book'?
The Australian Photobook Of The Year Awards defines a ‘dummy book’ as a photo book that has the design completed but it has not yet been printed or published.

Can I submit a photo book featuring images by more than one photographer?
Yes. Photo books including work by multiple photographers are eligible but details of all photographers must be entered in to the entry form.  

Can the book have been published overseas?
Yes, the book can be published overseas as long as the photographer or designer is an Australian citizen or resident.

Is there an entry fee?

I don’t have a physical copy of my book, can I still enter?
No. You must have a physical book to enter. Should you wish to Momento Pro can print a copy of the book at 40% discount.

Can I enter an ebook?
No, a printed copy of the book must be submitted. Due to feedback from both entrants and judges in past Award series, in 2015 we are judging the photo book 'experience' including the visual and physical nature of interacting with the book as an object.

Can I submit more than one book?
Yes, you can submit up to three books  

How will I know if I am a finalist?
Finalists will be contacted via email in late February 2016. Unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

Will I receive feedback and suggestions on my book?
No. Due to the number of entries we’re unable to provide feedback on every entry.

Will my book be returned?
Non-finalist books will be returned: 

  • If a prepaid, self-addressed envelope is provided with the submission. 
  • Rare and expensive Finalist books will be returned after the exhibition, but we may request you resupply the book for future exhibitions.
  • After 1 March 2016
Award partners are not responsible or liable for:
  • Damaged books or books lost in transit
  • The cost of returning the book

Finalist books will not be returned.

  • They will be exhibited then stored in the Award archives
Contact Us

Email us at awards@photobookoftheyear.com.au with any queries.