In­au­gu­ral Pho­to­book of the Year win­ners an­nounced

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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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