The APS Momento Pro Photobook Competition
A project of the Australian Photographic Society Print Group and Momento Pro
The Australian Photographic Society Momento Pro Photo Book Competition 2021 opens for entry between 4 July and 15 October 2021 with a prize pool of $2,000 in cash and photo book voucher prizes on offer. Congratulations to the six 2020 winners and should you be inspired to host your own view our Camera Club Photo Book Competition guidelines and design tips below, and contact us for some photo book voucher prizes.
Please note that this competition web page will soon be transferred to the Australian Photographic Society website.
$500 in cash prizes
The Australian Photographic Society Print Group will award cash prizes across the Portfolio and Storytelling categories:
- First place: $150
- Second place: $75
- Third place: $25
$1500 in photo book voucher prizes
Momento Pro vouchers will be awarded to the six winners across the Portfolio and Storytelling categories:
- First place: $350
- Second place: $250
- Third place: $150
How to enter
- Entry is FREE
- Entry is open to Australian Photographic Society and Australian camera club members only
- Entries must be received between 4 July to 15 October 2021
- Entries must be submitted as printed books, using a printer of your choice
- Entries much include a completed Entry Form (download here)
- Entry can be made into the Portfolio and/or Storytelling categories (see full details)
- There is no limit on the book's subject, size, format or length
- The book/s must not have been previously entered into the APS Photobook Competition
- Entry is limited to a maximum of one book to each category
- You may include your name on your book as the author
- Entries must be submitted to:
c/o Yvonne Hill
67 Sugars Rd
Bellbowrie QLD 4070
Excellence and fitness for purpose in:
- Selection and sequencing of images
- Design, layout and typography
Additional criteria for Storytelling category:
- Originality of concept and design
- An engaging visual narrative
Entries in the Portfolio category will typically reflect an overarching theme or subject that is explored through the artist’s choice of images.
A collection of images that stand together, typically illustrating a specific subject or topic. Text may be included but is not a compulsory element. The selection of images may showcase varieties of form, characteristic behaviours, different moods or any other aspects of the subject that the author wishes to portray. Ideally, the selected images will work together so that the portfolio has a visual impact “greater than the sum of its parts”. Judging criteria include excellence and fitness for purpose in photography; selection and sequencing of images; design, layout and typography.
Entries in the Storytelling category will typically follow a story line illustrated by the artist’s choice of images and their sequencing. That said, it is quite possible for a photo book to fit into either category if, for example, it presents thematically-related images that tell a story. In such cases the author is free to enter their work in either category.
A collection of images that stand together to present a story or narrative. Images are typically chosen and organised to illuminate the story that the author wishes to tell. Text may be included to augment the narrative but is not a compulsory element. In addition to excellence and fitness for purpose in photography, selection and sequencing of images, design, layout and typography, the judges will give weight to the originality of concept and design as well as an engaging visual narrative.
Winners will be announced online via a Zoom presentation on 27 October.
0404 822 317
Storytelling category winners
- First place: I’m Not Me Any More by Lou Gilbert
- Second place: If I Had My Life Over I'd Pick More Daisies by Helen McFadden
- Third place: The Music Of The Spheres by Paul Balfe
Portfolio category winners
- First place: Hokkaido Winter 2020 by Lesley Bretherton
- Second place: Liked by Brian Rope
- Third place: Amsterdam Rush Hour by Anne Pappalardo
View the winners books at 'The Momentum'.
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There is absolutely no requirement for you to print your book with Momento Pro but should you wish to please be aware that we offer a 30% discount on first order then 10% off other orders to members of Australian camera clubs who join our Camera Club Program. When planning your entry please allow 14 days for production (ex delivery) for standard book orders and 21 days for production (ex delivery) for premium book orders. Please allow more time for delivery.
Join the Program
To help Camera Club members prepare their best entry for the national Australian Photographic Society Photo Book Competition, by learning and refining the art of editing photos and photo book design, you may wish to start a Photo Book Competition for your Camera Club or Photographic Society.
We recommend you host the competition between January and May to allow for entry, judging and feedback prior to the APS competition opening for entry in July, and suggest an entry period of 6-8 weeks as this gives entrants sufficient time to conceptualise, capture, design and print their book.
Feel free to contact us for guidance on how to administer the competition and to request for Momento Pro voucher prizes.
*** Co-founder Libby Jeffery is offering to judge and provide feedback via a Zoom presentation for the first three clubs to launch a competition in 2021, who email a request to email@example.com by 15 March 2021. ***