Presented by APS Print Group and;

 

2023 APS Home Book Award 1200x400 MIN

 

Total PRIZE POOL $2,400

  • Entry is FREE and open to all APS members and camera club members
  • Entries must be submitted as printed books, using a printer of your choice *
  • Entrants may submit one book in each category
  • There is no limit to the size, format, or number of pages
  • To get a discount on your photo book prints, see our APS Member discounts

 

Send or deliver entries to Paul Balfe, 120/16 Surbiton Court, Carindale QLD 4152 by 6 October 2023

For further details contact Paul Balfe -  paul.balfe@a-p-s.org.au   or   0404 822 317

 


 

Key Dates

Entries Open  1 July 2023
Entries Close  6 October 2023
Judging  15 October 2023
Winners Announced  17 October 2023

 

Category Definitions

The categories for the APS Photo Book Awards will be Open and Travel.

Open Category Entries

Entries in the Open category are open to any entrant who is a member of APS and/or an Australian camera club, and to group entries prepared by members of any Australian camera club. The subject matter is unrestricted, with the author free to choose any theme, subject or topic.

Judging criteria will include excellence and fitness for purpose in photography; selection and sequencing of images; design, layout and typography; and originality of concept and design. The images in the book should provide an engaging visual narrative and should work together to deliver an overall visual impact that is “greater than the sum of the parts”. Text supporting the visual narrative may be included but is not a compulsory element.

Travel Category Entries

The Travel category is designed to encourage APS and camera club members to prepare and enter photo books that capture their travel stories.  

The category is open to any individual entrant who is a member of APS or an Australian camera club. The subject matter should relate in some way to travel, for example a photo-journal of a particular journey, or a photo essay depicting the landscapes, people or lifestyles of a particular country or region.


Phto Book Print Offer

Momento Pro is Australia's only locally owned and made photo book printer, and they've supported enthusiast and professional photographers since 2004. They've also been supporters of the APS since 2016, inviting members to join their Club Program to receive 15% off every order. Momento's deadline for APS entries is 6 September. Momento Pro is a highly awarded and respected print company with a focus on accurate colour reproduction. As a highly awarded print company with a focus on accurate colour reproduction, they will do your photography justice.

Judges

Our three expert judges for the APS Photo Book Awards 2023 will be multi award-winning professional commercial photographer William Long, APS Senior Vice President Pia Jessen and co-founder of Momento Pro Libby Jeffery.

Entry

Participants can enter one book in each section. Format and page length of books is unrestricted and entrants are free to choose their preferred book publisher. The author’s name may be included on the book cover.


Entrants should complete the online entry form on the APS Website
NEW REQUIREMENT for 2023: Entrants will be asked to upload a photo of themselves with their book as part of the online entry process.

From the 1st July entries should be mailed or delivered to:
Paul Balfe, 120/16 Surbiton Court, Carindale QLD 4152



Entrants wishing to have their book/s returned by post must include a fully pre-paid, self-addressed mailing satchel.
 
Opening date for receipt of entries is 1 July 2023.

Closing date for receipt of entries is 6 October 2023.
Judging will take place on15 October 2023.
Winners will be announced (via Zoom) on 17 October 2023.



For further details contact Paul Balfe – paul.balfe@a-p-s.org.au or 0404 822 317.

 

MomentoPro Book Comp - Winners 2023

2023 APS Photo Book Awards Winners Announced

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Now in its eighth year, the 2023 edition of the Australian Photographic Society’s Annual Photo Book Awards attracted entries from APS and camera club members across Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia. A wide variety of photographic genres, subjects and book-making techniques were represented.

OPEN CATEGORY WINNERS

   
detour by adrian whear    
 

‘Detour’ by Adrian Whear APSEM
APS Member

Prizes: $250 cash and $350 Momento Pro voucher

Take a look inside the book at https://youtu.be/2avoV-vyU34

Judges said:
“Love everything about it. The reason it came into being, the journey involved photographically, culturally and health wise. The design does complete justice to the excellent, interesting and diverse imagery.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The colour, the excellent photography, the clever viewpoints and wonderful street photography. The index with images is a brilliant idea.”

“Wonderful collection of street images.”

   
finn and the demon slayer by di east    

‘Finn & the Demon Slayer’ by Di East

APS Member

Sunshine Coast Photography Group

Prizes: $150 cash and $250 Momento Pro voucher

Watch a video of the book at https://youtu.be/-yf7Kr0qWQM

‘Finn & the Demon Slayer’ was awarded for its ‘beautiful, intimate, sensitive portrait photo journal of a young man with cystic fibrosis, and the story of his journey from ill-health to better times.’

The judges noted the stylish, simple, professional layout and very high production qualities. They commented on the clever design in which the images documenting the severe effects of the disease are presented in black and white, but they switch to colour as new medication sees Finn’s health improve.

   
a book of birds by Ian brewster    

‘A Book of Birds’ by Ian Brewster

Brisbane Camera Group

Prizes: $100 cash and $100 Momento Pro voucher

Watch a video of the book at https://youtu.be/Hdkb-IJQ8nk

Ian’s ‘Book of Birds’ is a beautifully crafted, handmade concertina fold book.

What did the judges think?

“Amazing! Excellent photography, printing, design, concertina binding, box making. Top quality on every front.”

“Original, awesome, excellent photography and depiction of birds.”

“Wonderfully creative approach to the design and construction of this book. Consistent presentation and handling of the images.”

   

TRAVEL CATEGORY WINNERS

 
 
antarctica by robin moon    

‘Antarctica – Journey to The Sublime’ by Robin Moon
APS Member
Mosman Camera Club

Prizes: $250 cash and $350 Momento Pro voucher

Take a look inside the book at https://youtu.be/Jo5DmY1Day0

The judges noted “Travel photo book perfection!  Evocative title. Striking cover image. Appropriate text colour. Great first page to make me stop, reflect and get ready to take in the book and story.”

“Did panoramas justice with page spans. Immaculate photography, fantastic selection of images — not too many or too few, totally complementary pairing.”

“Beautiful imagery, beautiful design.  Overall, solid presentation of images and supporting information through text. Image editing and presentation is consistent and presents well.”

   
not just high rise by ross spencer    

‘Not Just High Rise’’ by Ross Spencer

Gold Coast Photographic Society

Prizes: $150 cash and $250 Momento Pro voucher

Watch a video of the book at https://youtu.be/xgPGD1s39SU

‘Not Just High Rise’ was recognized as a photo book that ‘looks professional from the very first glance.’ The judges noted that Ross had done a beautiful job of incorporating text and creating a classic, timeless design.  One judge summed up the overall visual impact of the book by saying ‘A substantial, high-quality book that entails good design throughout.’

   
NY people and places by anne pappalardo    

‘New York People and Places’ by Anne Pappalardo AAPS

APS Member

Queensland Camera Group

Prizes: $100 cash and $100 Momento Pro voucher

Watch a video of the book at https://youtu.be/0jcM_Q3dM9U

Anne’s book ‘New York People and Places’ captures her experience of iconic locations and lifestyle in the Big Apple during a recent family trip. The judges commented on the ‘impressive presentation inside and out.’ They noted the ‘excellent selection of photos, excellent design and great choice for cover shot which reflects crazy NY life and makes me smile’ as well as the ‘beautiful presentation of images, design, typography and subject matter’.

   

JUDGING

   

Judging took place on 15 October at Carindale, Brisbane. Libby Jeffery (Marketing Manager at Momento and Momento Pro) travelled from Sydney to join Damian Caniglia (professional photographer and videographer) and Pia Jessen EFIAP/g SAPS APSEM (APS Senior Vice President) in reviewing the books physically on site. The judges separately assessed and rated each book in turn. After the judges’ individual scores were collated, they came together to discuss and agree final rankings.

   
judges    

          


 

If you would like to host a photo book competition at your local camera club, email marketing@momentopro.com.au and if you’re not already a member of the Momento Pro Club Program, sign up at https://www.momentopro.com.au/service/clubs to receive 30% off your first order then $10 off all future orders.

 

MomentoPro Book Comp - Winners 2022

2022 APS Photo Book Awards Winners Announced

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PSQ acredited judges Warren Vievers and Sue Gordon judge the 2020 APS photo book comp

Judge Libby Jeffery reviewing the entries in the 2022 APS Photo Book Awards

 

Picture 4   Libby Jeffery examines one of the entries

Now in its seventh year, the Australian Photographic Society’s annual Photo Book Awards 2022 attracted a total of 22 entries. The number of submissions was slightly up on last year and the quality of work presented was once again very high. Congratulations to the three winners in the Individual Open category – Lesley Bretherton, Martin Riley and Anne Pappalardo – and to the Caloundra Camera Group which won the new Camera Club category. Altogether, they shared prizes of $400 cash from the APS Print Group and $1,100 in photo book vouchers from Momento Pro.

 

     
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Greg Sullavan records his comments on one of the Individual Open books

 

Judging took place on 16 October at Carindale, Brisbane. Libby Jeffery (Marketing Manager at Momento and Momento Pro, and coordinator of the Australia and New Zealand Photobook Awards) travelled from Sydney to join Greg Sullavan (professional photographer and videographer) and Lisa Kurtz (award-winning photographer and co-founder of the VERGE Collective) in reviewing the books physically on site. The judges separately assessed and rated each book in turn. After the judges’ individual scores were collated, they came together to discuss and agree final rankings.

The Awards attracted entries from APS and camera club members across Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia. A wide variety of photographic genres and subjects were represented including creative floral art, aerial landscapes, rockscapes, wildlife and endangered species, intentional camera movement, urban architecture, rural lifestyle, photo-travel and food photography.

     
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Lisa Kurtz at the judging table

 

The judges awarded the prize-winning books for their excellence and fitness for purpose in photography, sequencing of images, design, layout and typography, originality in concept and design, and visual narrative.

All contestants were provided with written feedback on their entries, the judges providing positive comments highlighting the strengths of each submission as well as offering constructive suggestions where appropriate.

     
 

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS

   

Lesley Bretherton with ‘A Florilegium’

 

‘A Florilegium’ by Lesley Bretherton

APS Member

Melbourne Camera Club

Prizes: $150 cash and $350 Momento Pro voucher

Take a look inside the book at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJQFERcRiOw

The judges noted ‘A beautiful, timeless book. Creativity PLUS … concept, words, composition and beautifully designed. Consistent, clean, spacious, well balanced, well researched.

Photos almost look like illustrations which beautifully reflect 'purpose'. Lovely cover with the delicate and subtle, painterly images. Beautiful fine art photography. Great exposure and file handling. Colourful and filled with joy for the viewer.’

     

Martin Riley with ‘Textures from Above; The Kimberley’

 

‘Textures from Above; The Kimberley’’ by Martin Riley AAPS

APS Member

Queensland Camera Group

Prizes: $75 cash and $250 Momento Pro voucher

Watch a video of the book at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF8218gfyIQ

 ‘Textures from Above: The Kimberley’ was awarded for its ‘stunning photos and consistent design … visually superior’. The judges noted the excellent quality of photography and commented on the beautiful fine art paper stock. One judge summed up the overall visual impact of the book by saying ‘this is like an exhibition in a book.’

     

Portfolio Anne Pappalardo

Anne Pappalardo with ‘King of Kings Beach’

 

‘King of Kings Beach’ by Anne Pappalardo AAPS

APS Member

Queensland Camera Group

Prizes: $25 cash and $150 Momento Pro voucher

Watch a video of the book at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HWiEkqB6rs

Anne’s book ‘King of Kings Beach’ is a distillation of four years spent photographing her favourite local bird – the Eastern Osprey – around the headland at Kings Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The judges commented that this is a beautifully resolved photo book, with excellent choice of cover photo and a striking, high-impact design. They noted the ‘majestic photo composition and double page spreads and the use of complementary, classical font with excellent layout of text for easy reading and visual pleasure.’

     

CAMERA CLUB WINNER

 
 
     

COASTAL EXPOSURE

Members of the Caloundra Camera Group team with their winning entry ‘Coastal Exposure’

 

‘Coastal Exposure’ by Caloundra Camera Group

Prizes: $150 cash and $350 Momento Pro voucher

Take a look inside the book at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veyWBwCAYjw

In creating ‘Coastal Exposure’ the members of Caloundra Camera Group took the opportunity to celebrate the club’s 25th Anniversary with a compilation showcasing the work of their current active members and life members. The planning and preparation of the book was a truly collaborative effort. A team of seven club members, with varying levels of experience in photography and book making, worked together to complete the design, preparation and production processes. The judges commented on the ‘clear intention, consistent design style, complementary text, and balanced representation of club members.’ Overall, they considered the winning entry to be ‘a very worthy project with some exceptional photography.’

          


 

If you would like to host a photo book competition at your local camera club, and receive a $150 Momento Pro voucher prize, email marketing@momentopro.com.au and if you’re not already a member of the Momento Pro Club Program, sign up at https://www.momentopro.com.au/service/clubs to receive 30% off your first order then $10 off all future orders.

 

MomentoPro Book Comp - Winners 2021

Six winning entries from the 2021 APS Photobook Competition

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Judges (from L to R) Damian Caniglia, Anne Russell and David Symons reviewing the entries in the Portfolio category.

Now in its sixth year, the Australian Photographic Society’s annual Photo Book Awards 2021 attracted a total of 20 entries. While the number of submissions was down on last year (impacted by the extended lockdowns in Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory) the quality of entries was once again very high. Congratulations to the six winners across the Storytelling and Portfolio categories – Judy Parker, Ingrid Hendriksen, Hemant Kogelar, Amanda Luker, Deborah Forbes and Ian Skinner – who share prizes of $500 cash from the APS Print Group and $1500 in photo book vouchers from Momento Pro.


The Awards attracted entries from APS and camera club members across Queensland, New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia. A wide variety of photographic genres and subjects were represented including aerial, creative and littoral landscapes, wildlife and environmental impacts, photojournalism and reportage, human interest, still life graphic, contemporary street photography and photo-travel.

 

 
   

Judging took place on 17 October at the ‘Art at Heart’ studio in Bellbowrie. Anne Russell (Photographic Society of Queensland accredited judge and photography educator), Damian Caniglia (professional photographer and videographer) and David Symons (award-winning photographer, photo book creator and collector) reviewed the books physically on site. The judges separately assessed and rated each book in turn. After the judges’ individual scores were collated they came together to discuss and agree final rankings in both categories.

The judges awarded the prize-winning books for their excellence and fitness for purpose in photography, sequencing of images, design, layout and typography. The Storytelling category winners also showed an originality in concept and design, and an engaging visual narrative. The judges’ rationale for selecting each of the prize-winning entries is outlined below.

All contestants were provided with written feedback on their entries, the judges providing positive comments highlighting the strengths of each submission as well as constructive suggestions where appropriate.

 

PORTFOLIO WINNERS

 

‘Afterthoughts’ by Judy Parker

APS Member
Canberra Photographic Society
Canberra Photoconnect

Prizes: $150 cash and $350 Momento Pro voucher

View book: https://youtu.be/dMJk-0L4A4Y


This book was the unanimous winner of the Portfolio section. The judges noted ‘a stunning body of work with consistent post-production.’ They also commented on the book’s ‘excellent design, layout and use of text to support images which form a beautifully presented, cohesive package. A great concept complemented by well thought out design, paper stock, font and format.’

   

‘Aerial Art’ by Ingrid Hendriksen

APS Member

Prizes: $75 cash and $250 Momento Pro voucher

View book: https://youtu.be/iLZEgwnjJY8

The judges awarded ‘Aerial Art’ for its wonderful natural landscapes, presented as cohesive abstracts. They commented on the beautiful images and good choice of paper stock. Overall, it was seen to be ‘a fantastic body of work’.

   

‘Imagined Places’ by Hemant Kogekar

Northside Creative Camera Club

Prizes: $25 cash, $100 Momento Pro voucher

View book: https://youtu.be/XNqhBEBY0gA

Hemant created ‘Imagined Places’ as a lockdown project using parts of images from earlier travel, together with everyday objects from suburban life. The judges commented that each of the images in the photobook would be ‘amazing as a piece of art presented in a gallery’. They commented on the strong creative idea and good continuity of themes throughout.

   

STORYTELLING WINNERS


 
   

‘Wings on Water’ by Amanda Luker

APS Member
Edwardstown Photography Club

Prize: $150 cash and $350 Momento Pro voucher

View book: https://youtu.be/EprL7T0CRIg

In ‘Wings on Water’ Amanda uses free verse to tell the story of grey-headed flying foxes displaced by climate change and now roosting in Adelaide parklands. The judges commented on the excellent photography throughout, with beautiful images of the flying foxes and effective use of poetry and images to tell the story of their plight.

   

‘Moments on the Waters Edge’ by Deborah Forbes

APS Member
Fine Art Photography Association

Prize: $75 cash and $250 Momento Pro voucher

View book: https://youtu.be/6hp3t0uESXg

In this book, Deborah reflects on happy times spent by the beach with her ageing mother. The judges commented that this was ‘a great idea well executed. Production and placement of images on pages is excellent. Images and story are well connected. A very personal work that succeeds well with its aims. The style of photos fits the subject matter very well’.

   

‘Aftermath: Cadgee 2020’ by Ian Skinner

APS Member

Prize: $25 cash and $100 Momento Pro voucher

View book: https://youtu.be/CUZ0UwO0gBc

‘Aftermath: Cadgee 2020’ is a story of heartbreak and loss in the devastating bushfires which swept through the NSW South Coast hinterland in the summer of 2019–2020. The judges praised the ‘excellent choice in book size, paper stock, design and layout, text/font. Great presentation of story and images.’

     

If you would like to host a photo book competition at your local camera club, and receive a $150 Momento Pro voucher prize, email marketing@momentopro.com.au and if you’re not already a member of the Momento Pro Club Program, sign up at www.momentopro.com.au/service/clubs to receive 30% off your first order then $10 off all future orders.