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The New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards

The New Zealand Awards were launched in 2015 to complement the Australian Photobook of the Year Awards that were established in 2009. They celebrate excellence and innovation in photo book creation, and showcase the work of Antipodean photo artists to local and international audiences. The Awards are proudly presented by Momento Pro, who offer $10,000 in prizes to help finalists and winners produce and promote their publications.

The Awards were open for entry from 3 Oct to 8 Nov, finalists were announced on 22 February, and the Award presentation was hosted on 3 March. The exhibition now travels through NZ and Australia until August 2017.

Categories + Prizes

Momento Pro is delighted to offer cash and credit prizes valued at $10,000:

  • Photobook Of The Year: $1,000 cash + $4,000 printing credit
  • People’s Choice: $500 cash + $2,000 printing credit
  • Judge's Award: $500 printing credit
Important Dates
Entries open 3 Oct 2016
Online entry + digital file upload closes 8 Nov 2016
Physical book submission closes 30 Nov 2016
Judging Tue 24 Jan 2017
Award Presentation Auckland Fri 3 Mar 2017
Award Exhibition Auckland 3 - 17 Mar 2017
Judging Panel
Our panel of judges are all actively engaged in the New Zealand and international photo book community, and will bring diverse perspectives and knowledge of photography, design and publishing to the discussion.
Jonty Valentine
Index + The National Grid

Jonty is an Auckland based graphic designer, lecturer and sometimes curator and writer. In addition to being Head of the Graphic Design at Whitecliffe College, he runs an internationally acclaimed design studio with Amy Yalland — Index — specialising in publication and graphic design. His work has been published in New Graphic Design: The 100 Best Contemporary Graphic Designers (2013), IdN magazine, ProDesign and Threaded magazine.
Layla Tweedie-Cullen

Layla Tweedie-Cullen is the director and co-founder of split/fountain, a project that merges at least three forms of production and dissemination - art, design, and print – through its operation as a design studio, project space, bookshop, curatorial office, niche publishing house and pocket-scaled laboratory for urban aesthetics and collaborative thinking. Split/fountain works with artists as well as designers and architects and has its own publishing imprint, producing publications, newspapers and artists’ editions. With a special emphasis on printed matter, split/fountain aims to enable and promote critical speculation and knowledge production in the related fields of design, art, architecture and literature.
Prof Anne Noble
Massey University

Anne is one of New Zealand’s most recognised contemporary photographers and curators, and she produces images renowned for their beauty, complexity and conceptual rigour. Anne is also Professor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Massey University Wellington, and was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to photography in 2003. She has published trade and small press books of her work including two books on the Antarctic - Ice Blink and The Last Road - with the forthcoming WhiteOut/WhiteNoise to complete the trilogy.
Haru Sameshima
Rim Books

Haru Sameshima is the publisher at Rim Books, an independent photography and art book publisher established in 1996 and located in Auckland. Rim Books explicit aim is to retain the original vision of the authors/artists, while providing support for editing, design and high quality production, without the constraint of a commercial agenda. Rim publications include Red Eye by Ann Shelton and F4: in the interval by Susan Jowsey and Marcus Williams. 
Ron Brownson
Auckland Art Gallery

Ron is Senior Curator of New Zealand and Pacific Art at the Auckland Art Gallery, specialising in art history and photography. His exhibition and publication projects include John Kinder Photographs, Rita Angus, 1950s Auckland Photographers, John Ioane, John Pule, Marti Friedlander, Fatu Feu’u and John Kinder’s New Zealand. In February 2016 he presented at the inaugural Photobook NZ festival on New Zealand Photobooks – From Daniel Louis Mundy’s Rotomahana to Harvey Benge’s Le Flâneur.
Doug Spowart - International Judge
Cooper + Spowart

Doug Spowart has an extensive involvement in Australian creative industries as an artist, educator, curator, commentator and reviewer. For over 25 years he has made photobooks and artists’ books. Many of these books are held in private, regional and state public galleries, national and international photography and artists’ book collections. His reviews and commentaries on photobooks have been published in journals including the Australian Centre for Photography’s Photofile and the La Trobe Journal of the State Library of Victoria. In 2015 he was awarded a research Fellowship at the State Library of Queensland.
Judging Criteria

The judging panel includes experts in photography, design and book publishing. They will review the digital book file and physical book for each entry 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
  • ability of any additional imagery, text or ephemera to enhance the story in the photographs and/or book
  • appropriateness of the photography, design and format for the book's intended purpose and audience *

* Entrants will confirm the purpose and audience for their book when completing the registration form.

People's Choice Award

Visitors to the Award exhibition are invited to vote for their favourite book, and the winner receives $500 cash + $2,000 printing credit with Momento Pro. The winner will be announced via a Photobook of the Year Award email later in the year. Subscribe to the newsletter by emailing

Changes to the Awards

Based on feedback from entrants and judges we’ve made some improvements to the structure of the Awards.

  • Single category - trade published, self published and unpublished books will be judged together
  • Digital + physical book submission - judges will review the PDF and the physical book for each entry
  • Entries will be returned to non-finalists who provide a prepaid self-addressed envelope
Presentation + Exhibition

The Award presentation and exhibition opening will be held on Friday 3 March at Studio 541, 541 Mount Eden Rd, Auckland, with the support of the AIPA. The exhibition, featuring all the New Zealand and Australian Photobook of the Year Award 2016 finalist books, travels to various destinations in Australia and New Zealand until August 2017. Exhibition guests are invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award winner, who receives $500 cash + $2,000 printing credit with Momento Pro.

17-25 February Magic Johnston, Melbourne
4-17 March Studio 541, Auckland
10-11 June Vienna Photo Book Festival, Vienna
15-21 July H.R. Gallop Gallery, Wagga Wagga
1-3 September Ballarat Foto Biennale, Ballarat
TBC Sydney
TBC Brisbane
TBC Wellington
How To Enter
  • Complete the online registration form by 8 November, including the upload of:
    • a low-resolution PDF of your book file
    • a JPG of the cover image
    • If you experience any issues with your file upload please upload it to our Hightail account instead, and include your country, name and book title in the subject line.
  • Mail a physical copy of the book by with a copy of your registration form to the address below by 30 November. Books will be returned to non-finalists if a prepaid, self-addressed envelope is provided with your entry.
(If sending by post)
c/o Momento Pro
PO Box 24 111
Manners St, Wellington 6011
(If sending by courier)
c/o Momento Pro / Wakefields Digital
102 - 108 Wakefield Street
Te Aro, Wellington 6011
Entries are now closed
Terms and Conditions

Entrant requirements

  • Must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand registered company
  • Must be the photographer, designer 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 was completed between 1 Jan 2015 and 31 Oct 2016.
  • 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 New Zealand Photobook Of The Year Awards.
40% off Award book prints

It is not a requirement of entry but should you wish to print a copy of your Award book with Momento Pro we can provide a 40% discount. Visit our Get Started page for details on compatible 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.:
Final Order Dates  
Inkjet printed Tue 18 Oct 2016
Indigo printed Tue 1 Nov 2016
Presenter + Partners

Momento Pro is the first and finest on-demand photobook producer that services amateur, emerging, enthusiast and professional photographers and other creatives for Australia and New Zealand.  We are committed to supporting photographers in the region, encourage best practice and innovation photo book production and are proud to the be major sponsor of the Awards. 

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f11 magazine is our new media partner for the New Zealand and Australian Photobook Of The Year Awards. f11 is a free digital magazine for professional and enthusiast photographers, designers and creative people working with images, as well as buyers and collectors of photography. The magazine is published 11 times a year from its home in New Zealand.

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The Advertising & Illustrative Photographers Association (AIPA) is a not-for-profit incorporated society that represents the interests of commercial photographers in New Zealand.

Run voluntarily by and for its members for over 30 years, the AIPA continues to support and nurture the profession through education initiatives, seminars, exhibitions, information sharing, publications and networking among members. The AIPA is committed to protecting photographers' moral and intellectual property rights, while also cultivating public interest in photography both as an art form and a communication medium.

In 2017 the AIPA will provide a forum for the Award Presentation and Exhibition in Auckland.
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Whitecliffe is an independent Arts and Design school, producing high quality graduates and shaping exceptional creative citizens. We seek to instill aesthetic judgement, professional knowledge, collaborative skills and technical expertise in all students, and create graduates that become leaders in their field.

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Studio 541 is situated at 541 Mount Eden Rd, Auckland. Founder, Sonja Gardien, has created a gallery, learning centre and professional photographic studio to support and inspire emerging and established photographers and fine artists.



How do the Awards define a 'photo book'?
A photo book 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 Dr Doug Spowart ... "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 registration form.
Can the book have been published overseas?
Yes, the book can be published overseas as long as the photographer is a New Zealand citizen or resident.

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. Should you wish to Momento Pro can print a copy of the book 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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