WINNER 'Astres Noirs'

by Katrin Koenning
with Sarker Protick & Chose Commune
The Australian Photo Book of the Year Awards

Proudly presented by Momento Pro, to celebrate 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. The Awards were open for entry from 3 Oct to 8 Nov 2016, and they are now closed. The Award presentation was held on 17 February 2017 and the finalist exhibition travels with the New Zealand Photobook of the Year Award 2016 exhibition to various destinations in Australia and New Zealand until August 2017.

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Momento Pro is delighted to offer cash and credit prizes valued at $10,000:
  • Photobook Of The Year: $1,000 cash + $4,000 printing credit
  • People’s Choice: $500 cash + $2,000 printing credit
  • Commendeds: $500 printing credit
Important Dates
Entries open 3 Oct 2016
Online entry + digital file upload closes 8 Nov 2016
Physical book submission closes 30 Nov 2016
Judging 23 Jan 2017
Award Presentation 17 Feb 2017
Award Exhibition March - August 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.
Daniel Boetker-Smith
Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive

Daniel is a writer, curator, artist and Course Director at Photography Studies College (Melbourne). He is also Director of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive - the only not-for-profit organisation that promotes and shares books by local photographers internationally. The Archive’s aim is to encourage the study, production and awareness of photo books in and about the region. Boetker-Smith has organised various photo book events at festivals, galleries, and institutions all over the world, including Photobook Melbourne in 2015. He has also been a judge for the Kassel Photobook Awards in Germany, and a nominator for the Prix Pictet Prize in Europe.
Dr Victoria Cooper
Cooper & Spowart

Vicki is a photo artist, teacher and independent researcher, and her work is held in national and state Artists’ Book Collections. In 2013 she completed a Doctor of Philosophy at James Cook University focusing on the scientific image and its place in art and cultural narratives, and in 2015 she was awarded a Siganto Foundation Research Fellowship to study montage compositions in artists’ books and zines held in the Australian Library of Art at State Library of Queensland, with the aim of identify the storytelling characteristics and elements on the montage underpinning the visual and textual narratives.
Helen Frajman
M.33 Publishing

Helen Frajman is an independent editor and curator of photography and since 1993, the Director and Publisher at M.33, Melbourne, an independent organisation which exhibits and publishes contemporary photography.
Emma Phillips
Perimeter Editions

Emma works for independent book retailer, publisher and distrubuter, Perimeter Books. She is a current MFA Photography candidate at the Hartford Art School which has a directed focus on the photo book.
Kirsten Abbott
Thames & Hudson Australia

Kirsten Abbott is an experienced book publisher who recently joined the team at Thames & Hudson Australia to commission a series of illustrated non-fiction titles. In her previous role as Associate Publisher at Penguin Books, she masterminded successful lifestyle titles including Zoe Foster and Jane Webster, and produced the award-winning publication - The Making of MONA. Prior roles include Commissioning Editor with Hardie Grant; Senior Editor at Penguin Books; and Editor at Kyle Books (London).

Judging Criteria
The judging panel includes experts in photography, design and book publishing. They will review the digital book file and physical book for each entry 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
  • ability of any additional imagery, text or ephemera to enhance the story in the photographs and/or book
  • appropriateness of the photography, design and format for the book's intended purpose and audience *
* Entrants will confirm the purpose and audience for their book when completing the registration form.
People's Choice Award
Visitors to the Award exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are invited to vote for their favourite book, and the winner receives $500 cash + $2,000 printing credit with Momento Pro.  The winner will be announced via a Photobook of the Year Awards email later in the year. Subscribe at awards@photobookoftheyear.com.au.
Changes to the Awards

Based on feedback from entrants and judges we’ve made some improvements to the structure of the Awards.

  • Single category - trade published, self published and unpublished books will be judged together
  • Digital + physical book submission - judges will review the PDF and the physical book for each entry
  • Entries will be returned to non-finalists who provide a prepaid self-addressed envelope
Award Presentation + Exhibition

The Award presentation was held on 17 Feb at the opening of Unless You Will at Magic Johnston, Melbourne. The Award exhibition, featuring all the Australian and New Zealand Photobook of the Year Award 2016 finalist books, travels to various destinations in Australia and New Zealand until August 2017.  Exhibition guests are invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner, who receives $500 cash + $2,000 printing credit with Momento Pro.

17-25 February Magic Johnston, Melbourne
4-17 March Studio 541, Auckland
10-11 June Vienna Photo Book Festival, Vienna
15-21 July H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga
1-3 September Ballarat Foto Biennale, Ballarat
TBC Sydney
TBC Brisbane
TBC Wellington
How to enter
  • Complete the online registration form by 8 November, including the upload of:
    • a low-resolution PDF of your book file
    • a JPG of the cover image
    • If you experience any issues with your file upload please upload it to our Hightail account instead, and include your country, name and book title in the subject line.
  • Mail a physical copy of the book with a printed copy of your registration form to the address below by 30 November. Books will be returned to non-finalists if a prepaid, self-addressed envelope is provided with your entry.

(If sending by post)
APOTY Awards
c/o Momento Pro
PO Box 140
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

(If sending by courier)
APOTY Awards
c/o Momento Pro
20-40 Meagher St
Chippendale NSW 2008

Terms and Conditions

Entrant requirements

  • Must be a Australian citizen, permanent resident or an Australian 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 was completed between 1 Jan 2015 and 31 Oct 2016.
  • 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.
40% off Award book prints

It is not a requirement of entry but should you wish to print a copy of your Award book with Momento Pro we can provide a 40% discount. Visit our Get Started page for details on compatible 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.

Momento Pro book types

Final Order Dates

Inkjet printed books

Tue 18 Oct

Indigo printed books

Tue 1 Nov


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. 

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UNLESS YOU WILL is a platform for experimental and innovative photography and book making practices. To share, inform, inspire and to attract the curious.

More at unlessyouwill.com

PSC is a leading contemporary tertiary photography college located at Southbank, Melbourne. For 40 years PSC has delivered specialised, high quality and innovative photography education, consistently producing graduates of the highest calibre and providing students with an environment in which to explore their creativity, see the world anew and give expression to what they see.

More at psc.edu.au


f11 magazine is our new media partner for the Australian and New Zealand Photobook Of The Year Awards. f11 is a free digital magazine for professional and enthusiast photographers, designers and creative people working with images, as well as buyers and collectors of photography. The magazine is published 11 times a year from its home in New Zealand.

More at f11magazine.com



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. 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 registration 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 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


Contact Us

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