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MomentoPro Book Comp - Winners Announced 2020

Six winning entries from the 2020 APS Photobook Competition

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The fifth edition of the Australian Photographic Society’s Photobook Competition received a record breaking 37 entries from 13 camera clubs.  Congratulations to the six winners across the Storytelling and Portfolio categories - Lou Gilbert, Helen McFadden, Brian Rope, Lesley Bretherton, Paul Balfe and Anne Pappalardo - who share prizes of $500 cash from the APS Print Group and $1400 in photo book vouchers from Momento Pro.

The competition attracted 18 entries in the Storytelling category, and 19 in the Portfolio category, from 20 female entrants and 11 males entrants, from camera clubs across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. They presented a diversity of photographic genres and subjects including landscape, portrait, travel, nature, architectural, street and fine art nude photography. Most entries were hardcover books in landscape format with printed covers, featuring lay-flat paper or binding.  



Yvonne Hill, outgoing Competition Coordinator turns the pages of one of the competition entries for the digital judging by Momento Pro’s Libby Jeffrey (on the laptop screen)


Major thanks go to outgoing competition coordinator Yvonne Hill, and incoming coordinator Anne Pappalardo, who this year introduced the Storytelling and Portfolio categories, negotiated more prizes of greater value, and adapted the judging process to meet COVID requirements.

Judging took place on 22 August at the Art at Heart studio in Bellbowrie. Sue Gordon (President of the Photographic Society of Queensland) and Warren Vievers (accredited judge for the Photographic Society of Queensland) reviewed the books physically, while Libby Jeffery (co-founder at Momento Pro) Zoomed in from NSW. To allow Libby to judge remotely, the coordinators presented each book to multiple video cameras, describing their physical characteristics, reading out essential text, and flicking through every page.



Judge Warren Vievers


After five hours of review, the judges’ scores were analysed and the six winners were confirmed. The judges awarded the following 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 book is outlined below.

With five years of coordinating the competition under her belt, Yvonne Hill confirmed that, "the standard of winning entries continues to improve year after year and 2020’s entries were no exception.” Libby Jeffery stated that, “all the winning books showed an appreciation for white space, symmetry and consistent alignment, and many of the books made good use of text and extra graphics to enhance the story behind the photos. We hope the process of reviewing, editing and sequencing photos into a book layout helped the entrants develop new skills, and inspired them to work on more creative photo series or projects in the future.”




Hokkaido Winter 2020


Hokkaido Winter 2020 by Lesley Bretherton of Melbourne Camera Club

Prizes: $150 cash and $350 Momento Pro voucher

Watch a video of the book

This book was the unanimous winner, due to its immaculate landscape photographs that were poetically paired with a haiku. The font style and colour blend beautifully with the tone of the photography, while the placement of a Location Index at the back of the book is in keeping with the book’s minimalist nature. Hokkaido Winter 2020 is a visual meditation.



Brian Rope with ‘Liked’


Liked by Brian Rope of Canberra Photographic Society and Canberra PhotoConnect

Prizes: $75 cash and $250 Momento Pro voucher

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Liked presented an engaging series of abstract black and white images and it made us laugh. The image selection was unique and contemporary, as only photos that received a ‘Like’ from a photography peer were chosen. Including the social post text and comments, in the Facebook font, also added to the context and humour. It’s a great creative collaboration.


Anne Pappalardo with “Amsterdam Rush Hour”


Amsterdam Rush Hour by Anne Pappalardo of Queensland Camera Group

Prizes: $25 cash, $100 Momento Pro voucher

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Amsterdam Rush Hour is a well-edited and beautifully sequenced series of photographs of the city’s bike riders. The technically excellent images have been strategically paired and placed on the pages to play on and enhance the concept of motion, and the choice of a matte white stock and black end pages was a perfect match for the monotone imagery.




Lou Gilbert with “I”m not here any more”


I’m not me any more by Lou Gilbert of Brisbane Camera Group

Prize: $150 cash and $350 Momento Pro voucher

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Despite its intimate size, this book packs a powerful emotional punch. The portraits of an elderly woman woven in with her comments on moving into a nursing home, are confronting. The grey cover, the addition of deliberately blurred images, and their random placement on the page, all tragically reflect the status of her Alzheimer's affected mind



Helen McFadden with “If I had my life over I’d pick more daisies”


If I Had My Life Over I'd Pick More Daisies by Helen McFadden of Canberra Photo Connect

Prize: $75 cash and $250 Momento Pro voucher

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Helen has brought together all her creative skills in this beautifully edited and formatted photo book. In addition to the excellent photography and fine art photo editing, she enhanced the photographs with botanical illustrations, painting and poetry, making full use of the book format to create her memoir in flowers from 30 years in floral art.


Paul Balfe with “The Music of The Spheres”


The Music of the Spheres by Paul Balfe of Redlands Camera Club

Prize: $25 cash and $100 Momento Pro voucher

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Not only are the photographs of moving light sources skilful and fascinating, but the text, font and layout of the book are perfectly aligned with its purpose. The design is clean and consistent, the use of headings and captions makes it feel like a scientific document, while the organic motif used throughout the pages, reflects the concept of movement too.  



Learn more about the APS Photobook competition here  [ ] and keep your eye on the APS eNews [] or Momento Pro newsletters [] for the announcement of a webinar on How To Create An Award-winning Photo Book Design, to be hosted in early 2021.  

Should you wish to host a photo book competition at your local camera club, and receive a $150 Momento Pro voucher prize email and if you’re not already a member of the Momento Pro Club Program, sign up here [] to receive 30% off your first order then $10 off all future orders.