Variations For Troubled Hands

By Steve Carr + Perimeter Editions
© Katrin Koenning
The Australian Photobook of the Year Awards

These awards have been proudly presented by Momento Pro since 2011 with the aim of celebrating excellence and innovation in photo book creation, and to showcase the work of Australian photo artists to local and international audiences. The cash and credit prizes valued at $10,000 are designed to help photographers create, produce and promote their publications.


+  Variations for Troubled Hands by Steve Carr + Perimeter Editions - W I N N E R
+  Areoglyphic - Volume 1 by Chloe Ferres - C O M M E N D E D  
+  The Pines by James Bugg - C O M M E N D E D     
+  Tokyo is Yours by Meg Hewitt - C O M M E N D E D
+  Desperado by Hannah Nikkelson   
+  Family Photos by Eliza Hutchison + Perimeter Editions
+  Form Supplement by Traianos Pakioufakis + Éditions
+  Fucked Up Fotos by Stephen Dupont   
+  On the Sea Stands a Rock by Sam Forsyth-Gray  
+  Pabva Zizi Pagara Gondo - Where the Owl Left the Eagle Comes to Sit by Cameron James Cope 



Award ceremony

Friday 23 February
6.30pm - 9.00pm

Sunstudios Sydney
42 Maddox St, Alexandria
RSVP via our Facebook Event

$10,000 in prizes
  • Photobook Of The Year Award: $1,000 cash + $4,000 Momento Pro printing credit
  • People’s Choice Award: $500 cash + $2,000 Momento Pro printing credit*
  • Commended: $500 Momento Pro printing credit
*Visitors to the exhibition are invited to vote for their favourite finalist book. The finalist with the most votes is the winner of the People's Choice Award receives $500 cash + $2000 Momento Pro print credit.
Entries open 15 September 2017
Entries close 18 December 2017

Judging Panel

Our panel of judges are all actively engaged in the Australian and international photo book community, and will bring diverse perspectives and knowledge of photography, design and publishing to the discussion.
Heidi Romano - Judging Chair
Unless You Will + Threestones

Heidi has over 14 years experience as a photographer, graphic designer, publication designer, editor, curator and mentor. She has been a major champion for photo books in Australia, co-directing the country’s first ever photo book festival - Photobook Melbourne - and connecting Australian creators to the international community via Unless You Will, her online photography journal dedicated to showcasing the finest international visual storytelling. Heidi has also been as a judge and Portfolio Reviewer at Rencontres d’Arles and Photo Ireland.
Anouska Phizacklea
Monash Gallery of Art (MGA)

Anouska is Director of Monash Gallery of Art (MGA), the Australian home of photography. Prior to MGA Anouska held senior management positions at Heide Museum of Modern Art and ACCA and worked for many years in art research and valuations in galleries and auction houses in Melbourne and London. Anouska has a strong art, commerce and organisational background, with Masters degrees in both Art and Commerce.
Paulina de Laveaux
Thames & Hudson Australia

Paulina is an Associate Publisher at Thames & Hudson Australia, specialising in illustrated books on art, architecture, design, photography and fashion. She works with some of the country’s most creative individuals to turn images and text into award-winning publications, challenging the notion that the book is dead.
Ingvar Kenne
Ingvar Kenne + The Pool Collective

Ingvar studied Photography at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 1988-1991, has exhibited internationally and in 2005 the Cannes Lions festival selected him as one of 31 New Photographers - Hottest Talents Of Tomorrow. In 2009 Kenne won the National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra and was runner up in the Moran Photographic Prize. He has published four photobooks, On The Side (1992), Chasing Summer (2004), CITIZEN (2012) and The Hedgehog And The Foxes (2014). CITIZEN went on to win the Australian Photobook of the Year Award 2013. Ingvar is represented by The POOL Collective in Sydney and Snyder Represents in New York.
Patricia Karallis
Paper Journal + Patricia Karallis

Patricia recently returned to Australia, having spent 11 years in London. She works as a freelance photographer for clients such as Topman, Brownbook and Metal Magazine, and is founder and editor of online visual arts magazine Paper Journal; launched in 2013. Paper Journal showcases fashion, culture and photography from unknown or new photographers alongside established names via interviews, features and photobook reviews. It continues to grow on and offline with independent exhibitions, publications, talks and events. Karallis has also nominated artists for the MACK First Book Award and BJP Ones To Watch.

Judging Process

Judges review both the digital file and the physical book to assess the:
  • 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 
Changes to Entry Criteria

Based on feedback from entrants and judges these improvements have been made to the 2017 Award criteria:

Full Entry Criteria is below.

The Australian and New Zealand Photobook of the Year Award finalist books travel to various local and international destinations, and guests are also invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.

23 February SYDNEY - SunStudios, Alexandria
9 - 10 March   WELLINGTON - PhotobookNZ, Te Papa
1 - 6 May AUCKLAND - Snowwhite Gallery, Unitec
25 May - 10 June WAGGA WAGGA - H.R. Gallop at Charles Sturt University
3 - 4 August BRISBANE - Maud Gallery, Newstead
12 - 19 August CANBERRA - The Photography Room


How to enter
By midnight (EDST) 18 December 2017
1. Complete the online registration form including the upload of:
  • a low-resolution PDF of your book file
  • a JPG of the cover image
  • If you experience upload issues use our Hightail account instead and include your country, name and book title in the subject line
2. Send a physical copy of the book with a printed copy of your Registration Form to the address below.
  • Books will be returned to non-finalists if a prepaid, self-addressed envelope is provided with the entry.

Postal address
APOTY Awards c/o Momento Pro
PO Box 140
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

Courier address
APOTY Awards c/o Momento Pro
15-17 Merton St
Zetland NSW 2017

Entry Criteria

Entrant requirements

  • Must be a Australian citizen, permanent resident, registered company or student at an Australian institution.
    • International students must have been studying at a local institution during 1 January 2016 and 18 December 2017.
  • Must be the photographer or publisher of the book.
  • Must own the copyright or provide written permission from the copyright owner to enter.
  • Must grant permission for the book, photographs of the book, and photographs within the book to appear in digital and print form for the purpose of promoting the Awards. Copyright will be included wherever possible.
  • Must indemnify Momento Pro 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.
  • If selected as a Winner must:
    • Use the print credit prize within 24 months of notification.
    • Use the print credit prize only for works of their own creation and copyright.
    • Grant permission for the works printed using the credit prize to be used to promote the Awards and Momento Pro's print service. 
  • Acknowledge that the judging panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Photobook requirements

  • Must focus on photographic content in a visual narrative.
  • Must have been published or the design completed between 1 January 2016 and 18 December 2017.
  • Must be submitted as a digital PDF file and a physical copy.
  • Must not infringe copyright, breach any laws or violate third party rights.
  • Must not have been entered into previous Australian Photobook Of The Year Awards.
  • Must not be entered in the New Zealand Photobook Of The Year Awards in the same year.
40% off Award book prints

Should you wish to print a copy of your Award entry with Momento Pro we offer a 40% discount, redeemable when you place your order by phone. Visit our Get Started page for details on sizes and specifications, and our Products page for print, paper and cover material options.

To place your order you must upload a compatible file to your Momento Pro account then call our service team to make payment. Orders must be placed by the dates listed below, and please be aware that the book will be submitted directly to the Awards. To review your book beforehand you will need to allow extra time.

Book types Final order date
Inkjet printed 11 December 2017
Indigo printed 18 December 2017

Momento Pro is Australia's first and finest on-demand photobook producer that has serviced amateur, emerging, enthusiast and professional photographers and other creatives in Australia and New Zealand since 2004.  We have won many local and international awards for our printing and binding quality, we're committed to supporting Antipodean photographers, and we're proud to the be the founder and patron of both the Australian and New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards

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How do the Awards define a 'photobook'?
A photobook is a publication that focuses on photographic content presented in a visual narrative. It does not include text books about photography. It may include but is not limited to: a portfolio, cultural record, for sale or collection, a promotional tool, to raise awareness, for artistic legacy, a personal project, to distribute or expand access to photography.

And thanks to Doug Spowart and Victoria Cooper ... "The diversity of the discipline defies a standard definition and may include: newspaper styled items, photo-zines, and the bespoke hand-made ‘artists book’, self-published books using digital POD technologies, trade published books and designer confections. Photobooks can contain photographs only, they can be books with photographs and accompanying texts, prose, poetry, captions and they also can be complex and sophisticated design experiences, even – the book as object."

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 is an Australian citizen, resident or student at the time of creation.

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.  If required, Momento Pro can print a copy at 40% discount.

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

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 your entry.
  • Finalist books will not be returned. They will be exhibited then stored in the Award archives.
  • Rare or expensive finalist books may be returned on request.
  • We do not accept responsibility for damaged books or books lost in transit


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Email us at awards@photobookoftheyear.com.au