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Frequently Asked Questions

How do the Awards define a ‘photobook’?
A photobook is a publication that focuses on photographic content presented in a visual narrative.

Does a photobook need to be previously published?
No. The book can be unpublished, self published, trade published, or published via an academic or cultural institution.

Where should I send my book?
Photo Collective
PO BOX 106 Brunswick West 3055

What is the Pre-press category
New to 2021, the Pre-press category allows for photobooks which are yet to be printed to be submitted in digital form. For printed photobooks, please enter the Photobook category.

How do the Student categories work?
Students are welcome to participate in both Photobook and/or Pre-press (digital dummy) categories. Student entrants will be awarded separately to the main category winners, receiving an award or commendation for best student submission to each respective category.

Does the book need an ISBN?
No, an International Standard Book Number is not required.

Can the book be published overseas?
Yes, as long as the photographer is an Australian citizen, resident or student at the time of publishing.

What format is required for the digital book file?
A low-resolution PDF less than 200MB. Individual JPEG files will not be accepted.

How can I submit a digital file if my book was not digitally created, it was handmade?
Video or photograph each page or spread of your book and submit to us via WeTransfer. You will then receive confirmation upon download.

Is a physical copy of the book required?
For the Photobook category, you must submit a physical book. The book can be printed via any print service or process.

Can the book include images by more than one photographer?
Yes. Photobooks including work by multiple photographers are eligible but details of all photographer credits must be entered in to the Entry Form and all photographers must meet the terms and conditions.

Can the book include found or archival imagery?
Yes, as long as they meet all terms and conditions.

Is there an entry fee?
Yes, the entry fee for each category is as listed below:

  • Photobook Category – A$55
  • Pre-press Category – A$55
  • Student Entrants – A$35

Can international students enter?
Yes, if they were enrolled at an Australian institution between 1 Jan 2019 and 1 February 2022, and meet the terms and conditions.

Can I submit more than one book?
Yes, you can submit as many seperate entries as you like.

Will I receive feedback on my book?
No. Due to the number of entries we are unable to provide feedback on every entry.

Will my book be returned?
This is an acquisitive award. Books will be returned to non-finalists who include a prepaid, self-addressed envelope with their book submission. Winner and finalist books will remain in the Award archives for public access and exhibition. We also encourage entrants to submit a copy to the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive.

Does the book need to be printed by Momento Pro?
No. It can be printed via any method or service. Should you wish to print a copy with Momento Pro, a 30% discount is available for standard book orders that will be entered into the Award. Standard and custom book orders must be placed by phone before 5.00pm AEST on 13 January 2022. Please note that custom book orders are not eligible for a 30% discount.

How to order your book with Momento Pro

Order by 13 January 2022 to have the order delivered to you or sent directly to Photo Collective in time to meet the award submission deadline.

To place your order and redeem your discount:

  1. Login or register at
  2. Upload and place your order online
  3. Proceed to the Payment Options page
  4. Then call the Momento Pro service team on 1300 650 127 to make payment
  5. Confirm your Australian Photobook Award entry ID
  6. Confirm delivery direct to Photo Collective or to yourself
  7. Momento Pro will apply a 30% discount and take payment

Please note: The discount only applies to standard book or album products and materials, and does not include inkjet printed photo books.

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