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Inaugural Photobook of the Year winners announced


The launch of Photobook New Zealand, which was held over March 11–13 in Wellington, certainly put the inaugural New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards on the map. The awards focus on excellence in photograph­y, layout, and design, and also judge photo books based on how their format complement­s the theme and purpose they present.

More than 71 entries were submitted, mainly from self-publishers and small independen­t presses, and 13 finalists were selected by the judging panel, which was chaired by David Cook, senior lecturer in photograph­y at Wellington’s Massey University.

This year’s winners are, in the Trade Published category, Mark Purdom, photograph­y lecturer at the School of Media Arts, Waikato Institute of Technology, and Ramp Press with their book

From Certainty to Doubt, and Whitecliff­e College of Arts and Design graduate Solomon Mortimer’s F.16 G3 20/25/30 in the Self Published category.

Mr Cook said, “The best works presented a carefully edited selection of images, in an engaging visual narrative, with sophistica­ted design that didn’t overwhelm the imagery. Age and experience weren’t the defining characteri­stics; it was the skill of visual storytelli­ng and the ability to combine photos with graphics, text, and materials to enhance the story told by the images, to create a new artwork in its own right.”

Purdom receives $1K cash and $2K in Momento Pro printing credit for his award, and Mortimer receives $2K cash and $5K in Momento Pro printing credit. The intention is that the prize will allow the photograph­er to produce a limited-edition book to propel their career.

The next New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards will open for entries on November 1, 2016.

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