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Australian and New Zealand citizens, residents, students and companies are invited to enter the Photobook or Student category of the Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award 2018 by submitting a digital file and physical book.  The entries will be judged on their excellence, originality and ‘fitness for purpose,’ and will be in the running for prizes valued at $13,500.

The Award is the evolution of the Australia Photobook of the Year Awards, established by Momento Pro in 2011, and the New Zealand Photobook of the Year Awards established in 2016. Under the patronage of Australia’s first print-on-demand photo book company, Momento Pro, the two award series have now been combined to offer more prizes, more prestige and more competition, including a new Student Award and print prizes for all finalists.

The cash and print prizes valued at $13,500 are designed to help the winners produce and promote their publications, while the finalist exhibition and printed catalogue showcase their work to photography lovers, media and critics across the world.  The 2018 prizes include: 

  • Photobook Winner: $1,000 cash + $3,000 print credit
  • Student Winner: $500 cash + $1,500 print credit
  • Photobook Commended: $1,000 print credit
  • Student Commended: $1,000 print credit
  • Finalists: $500 print credit + inclusion in travelling exhibition
  • People's Choice: $500 cash + $1,000 print credit

This year a Student category has been established to give emerging talent the opportunity to shine. There is a nominal fee to enter the Photobook category, while entry to the Student category is free.  Entrants must register online and upload a digital book file by 17 December 2018, then submit a physical copy of the book by 17 January 2019. The full Terms & Conditions, judging criteria, and entry form are available at

The growing interest in photo books created in the southern hemisphere is signified by the presence of internationally renowned photo book designer Teun van der Heijden, co-founder of Dutch graphic design agency Heijdens Karwai, on the judging panel. Heijden will join Judging Chair, Heidi Romano of Unless You Will, and four local experts in photo editing, book design and publishing including: 

  • Kriselle Baker of Baker Douglas Publishing (New Zealand)
  • Mags King, Managing Photographic Editor, Fairfax Media (Australia)
  • Adam Harding of Centre for Contemporary Photography (Australia)
  • Anita Totha of Remote Photobooks (New Zealand)

The finalists will be announced in early February 2019, and the Award ceremony will be hosted in Melbourne in March 2019. The resulting finalist exhibition will travel to Sydney, Brisbane, Wagga Wagga, Auckland and Wellington so photo book lovers from the region, who are also invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award, can experience the best photo books. Australia and New Zealand currently have to offer.

Momento Pro is Australia's first and finest print-on-demand book company that specialises in producing photo books and publications for photographers and artists in quantities of one up to 250. Momento Pro is also the patron of the Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award that celebrates and showcases the best photo books from the region to local and international audiences. Find out more at

PHOTOS TELL YOU a lot more than words when it comes to a new meeting space in Arncliffe, Sydney, that features the photography of EIZO’s Australian photography ambassadors.

The Gallery is designed as a combination office space, demonstration area and meeting place. One of the best things EIZO can do to sell its monitors is to let photographers see them in action and while this is not the key function of the new Gallery, there is a selection of EIZO’s latest monitors scattered around the various meeting areas.

And already a number of photographers have given workshops and presentations in the EIZO Ambassadors Gallery.

So, why is it also a gallery? Around the walls you’ll find photography by Jackie Ranken, Rocco Ancora, Les Walkling, William Long, Lisa Saad, Karen Alsop, Tony Hewitt, Peter Eastway and Mike Langford.

Said EIZO’s Australian managing director, Matthew Bauer, “All the artwork has been beautifully printed, mounted and hung and I just can’t believe how magical it is. A very big thank you to Les Walkling for his assistance and incredible attention to detail, generosity, and speed!”

So, if you’re in Sydney, keep an eye out for events at EIZO’s new Ambassadors Gallery.

SOME PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINES specialise in technique and creativity, others focus on the wonderful equipment and materials we get to use and it’s from this latter group that the TIPA awards are made. And in 2018, the Best Photo Printer was the Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000.

The TIPA (Technical Image Press Association) awards draw upon a global panel of knowledgeable experts who are exposed to a wide range of products. This year’s awards were selected by representatives from 29 professional, amateur, and business magazines from Asia, Australia, Europe and North and South America, with a delegate from the Camera Journal Press Club in Japan.

As such, winning the 2018 award means that Epson has now received a total of 39 awards from TIPA for technologies and imaging products, including inkjet printers, inks, scanners and projectors, since 1997.

TIPA provided the following citation: “The Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 weighs a relatively lightweight 8.5 kg and, in printing mode, takes up only 476x785x412 mm (18.7x30.9x16.2 inches) of space. This 6-colour printer, including grey ink for enhanced black and white prints, offers variable droplet size as small as 1.5 picolitres and can deliver up to 5760 x 1440 max resolution in print sizes up to 13x19 inches (A3+). It can also handle specialty media, including card stock, via a 50-sheet rear tray, plus 2-sided printing. It offers easy set-up via a 2.4” colour LCD and features wireless connectivity, allowing users to print from their smartphone and tablet.”

The Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-Format Printer is available from for an RRP of $499 and through major Epson retailers and resellers across Australia.

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