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ONE FOR THE BOOK – THE 2013 BLURB BIFB BOOK AWARD

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BIFB visitors checking out the book award entries

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ONE FOR THE BOOKS

A display of some of the best self-published photobooks in the country are being exhibited at the 2013 Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

A PRIZE FOR SELF PUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS proudly sponsored by Blurb

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale with major sponsor Blurb, present ‘One for the Books’ an exciting new prize celebrating the book as an innovative and contemporary format for presenting photography in a creative and narrative form. This prize is specifically for self publish, print on demand books. Books previously published by a traditional publishing house are not eligible for entry.

WHO COULD ENTER

The 2013 ‘One for the Books’ Prize will accept submissions for two categories; Professional and Amateur.  Winners will be announced at on Monday 19th August 2013 at the Post Office Gallery, Ballarat. Entrants must be Australian residents. Around 100 books were submitted for the judging and 20 finalists were selected.

THE FINALISTS WERE …

The finalists [professional category]
Rhiannon HOPLEY NSW
Charles KLEIN SA
Darren MARTIN NSW
Garry MOORE VIC
Gary SHEPPARD NSW
Doug SPOWART QLD
Andrew STY AN NSW
Peter WHYTE TAS

The finalists [amateur category]
John Paul AZIZ & Shaun DUNCAN VIC
Michael DAVISON VIC
Lidia D’OPERA WA
Grant HUNT QLD
Paul JURAK ACT
Erin STONESTREET ACT
Scott VINEY QLD

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AND THE WINNERS WERE …

At a special event on Monday August 19th the announcement of the winners of the inauguaral One for the books prize was announced.

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Charles Klein’s Awarded Book – Professional Category

Dadslides is a book dealing with a personal sense of nostalgia in the discovery of one’s own family photographs after the passing of a loved one. Klein’s book consisted of his father’s slides made between 1950 and 1981. The photos were scanned and sequenced within the book to create a document of a family growing up, going on holidays, messing around in the back yard and the other things that symbolise Australian life in this era. Strangely, whilst the book is about Charles Klein’s family, it strikes a resonance with us all and therein lies the beauty and the power of its narrative.

SEE THE BLURB REVIEW HERE: Charles Klein’s Awarded book

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Erin Stonestreet’s Awarded Book – Amateur Category

Air & Earth: The view from 30,000 ft is a book that deals with the aerial view of the earth. The rich colours and image juxtaposition create for the viewer an abstract view – all scale is abandoned and the images take on a sense of the magical, and perhaps even for some, a spiritual meaning.

SEE THE BLURB REVIEW HERE: Erin Stonestreet’s book

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I was excited to be a finalist in the award – Here is my book…

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Doug’s Finalists Book

My book deals with the political scene and is a parody of the potential for government agencies and politicians to do absurd things for, as they call it, ‘the good of the people’.

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SEE THE BLURB PREVIEW HERE: Doug’s Book.

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PLEASE ENJOY – And do get to Ballarat to see these amazing books in person …

And join in on the photobook print-on-demand revolution.

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  1. I certainly got a smile on my face when I saw the book ‘Dadslides’. Memories of all the slide nights we would sit through as kids whenever the Grandparents went on a holiday. Very special. Thanks

    jan ramsay

    August 26, 2013 at 10:07 am

    • Hi Jan – Your comments are exactly the power of that little book – it brings back memories.
      You can purchase a copy on Blurb …
      Cheers Doug


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