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17 February 2017, 1 - 4pm
Photobook Reviews
part of Unless You Will, Melbourne
with Thames & Hudson, Hardie Grant + more



Apply by 13 Feb 2017    |   Reviews on Fri 17 Feb 2017    |    $120 for successful applicants + 10% Symposium discount


Present your dummy book, photo series or page spreads to leading art book creators and publishing experts for invaluable feedback and advice in a series of 4x20 minute conversations.

The Reviews are for photographers with an existing photography project or photo book idea to learn about the process and pitfalls of book creation, production and publishing, from concept and funding, through to editing, design, print, pricing, distribution, selling and promotion. Our 10 reviewers will help you refine ideas or photo selection, make layout and design suggestions, explain the impact of book formats and edition sizes, discuss budgets and advice on how to self or trade publish successfully.

Photographers must apply and submit a sample of their work and a project outline by 13 Feb to be in the running for one of 16 places. Participants will be selected on the quality of their submission and compatibility with the reviewers’ interests and expertise. Early submissions will be given greater preference, so book early.

Successful applicants will notified by 9 Feb. $120 due by 13 Feb. Reviews on Fri 17 Feb from 1-4pm at Photography Studies College, Southbank.


Photobook Reviewers


Kristen Abbot | Thames & Hudson ,   Mark Campbell | Hardie Grant Books ,   Sonya Jeffery | Books At Manic ,  
Heidi Romano | Unless You Will ,  Jason McQuoid | Pearce Press ,  Daniel Boetker-Smith | Photobook Archive ,  Vicki Cooper | Cooper & Spowart , Doug Spowart | Cooper & Spowart ,   Katrin Koenning | Photographer ,   Craig Wetjen | Photographer ,   Geoff Hunt | Momento Pro

Reviewer Profiles



How to apply


Email by 4pm on 13 Feb 2016 with the following:

  1. Your name, email, phone, website or social links
  2. Your biography (max 100 words)
  3. Your Project Outline (max 200 words)
  4. Attach or Hightail your project as:
  • A dummy or proof book design (PDF at 72dpi)
  • 10 - 15 page spreads (high quality JPEGs, 1200 pixels on longest side)
  • 15 - 20 images (high quality JPEGs, 1200 pixels on longest side)

You must also bring a printed copy of your work to the Photobook Review.


Reviewer Profiles


Kirsten Abbott

Associate Publisher
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).

Mark Campbell

Design Manager
Hardie Grant Books


Mark worked in design and project management across theatre, film, television, events, advertising, magazines and animation before taking up the role as Design Manager at Hardie Grant. He has been a guest speaker for the Small Press Network, RMIT and the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, and currently is serving as treasurer of the Australian Book Designer’s Association.

Sonya Jeffery

Book Distributor
Books At Manic


We are a small, independent business based in Melbourne, that has been importing and distributing books on contemporary culture, specialising in architecture, art and design to independent bookshops, museum and gallery shops, design shops and others – all over Australia - for over 20 years. Our publishers are from Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA, including self publishers and those that fall outside the mainstream publishing industry.

Heidi Romano

Curator + Book Designer
Unless You Will


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.

Jason McQuoid

Curator + Designer
Pearce Press


Jason is an arts professional of 20+ years, who has built high profile creative organisations from the ground up, including the Edmund Pearce contemporary art space dedicated to photography, and its publishing arm Pearce Press. Jason has designed and published numerous books including Jackson Eaton’s Better Half, and Jesse Marlow’s Don’t Just Tell Them, Show Them with Helen Frajman of M.33.

Daniel Boetker-Smith


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.

Dr Victoria Cooper

Book Creator + Educator
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.

Doug Spowart

Photographer + Book creator
Cooper & Spowart


Dr Doug Spowart has been extensively involved in creative media areas for over 40 years — his practice includes: artists books, photobooks, artist, critic, judge, writer and teacher. He has completed a Doctorate of Philosophy at James Cook University researching issues of the contemporary photobook. Spowart’s work, as well as collaborative work with Victoria Cooper has found its way into many private, regional and state public galleries, national and international photography and artists’ book collections

Katrin Koenning

Photographer + Educator
Photography Studies College


Katrin grew up in Germany then completed a Bachelor of Photography at Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, where she was also the Editor of the Australian PhotoJournalist Magazine.  Her photography and moving images focus on physical and emotional connection to place and our complex relationship to the everyday. She has exhibited and been awarded internationally, winning the Daylight Photo Award 2015, and publishing her first book, Astres Noirs, to critical acclaim in 2016.

Craig Wetjen

Photographer + Educator
Men Shed Photography


Craig is a professional photo artist with 30 years experience. He started as a sports photographer for his local US newspaper before helping establish RMIT University’s first digital imaging course in 1996. His latest project “Men and Their Sheds” highlights the importance of a mans’ shed to his physical and mental well being, and included a book of the same name, that became a best seller for Echo Publishing in 2016. Craig is also a lecturer at PSC Photography Studies College Melbourne.

Geoff Hunt

Founder + Product Manager
Momento Pro


For 25 years Geoff has enjoyed technical roles across various creative industries including, audio engineering and software development for the music industry and CD-ROM, DVD and website development for the digital media industry. In 2002 he founded Momento Pro, Australia’s first print-on-demand photo book company, where he directs the development of Momento’s proprietary layout software, and ensures the highest quality colour reproduction and manufacture of premium books.