$10,000 in prizes
© 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. The Awards are now open for entry until 30 November 2017.

$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 30 November 2017
Judging Process
The judging panel will be announced shortly but all are actively engaged in the Australian and international photo book community, bringing diverse perspectives and knowledge of photography, design and publishing to the discussion. 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:


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.

17 - 25 February 2017 Magic Johnston, Melbourne
4 - 17 March 2017 Studio 541, Auckland
10 - 11 June 2017 Vienna Photo Book Festival, Vienna
15 - 21 July 2017 H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga
1 - 3 September 2017 Ballarat Foto Biennale, Ballarat
22 - 23 September 2017 Maud Gallery, Brisbane
14 - 16 October 2017 Volume Art Book Fair, Sydney
How to enter
By 30 November 2017
  • 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
  • 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
20-40 Meagher St
Chippendale NSW 2008

Entry Criteria

Entrant requirements

  • Must be a Australian citizen, permanent resident, registered company or student at an Australian institution.
    • International students must have been stuyding at a local institution during 1 January 2016 and 30 November 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 30 November 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 8 November 2017
Indigo printed 15 November 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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