Photo Book Melbourne

Photo Award 2016

#memory_archive - a global exchange project

Photo Award 2016

Winner of 2015 Photo Award © Alexandra Serrano

Photo Award 2016

© Danila Tkachenko

Photo Award 2016

© Alnis Stakle

Photo Award 2016

© Atsushi Fujiwara

Photo Award 2016

© Cy Frankel

This award is now closed.

Photobook Melbourne will move into a gallery space in January and hopes to celebrate and share this space with you.

In February 2015, we presented a ten-day festival across the city of Melbourne and loved every minute of it, but for 2016 we thought we would do things a bit differently. We applied to the City of Melbourne for an arts residency grant and were super excited when it came through – thank you City of Melbourne. This means for the first six months of 2016, we will have a gallery space to play, exhibit, discuss, experiment and share the work of photographers. We will move into our space in the middle of January and by the 4th of February 2016 we will open our doors with the #memory_archive exhibition and print swap.

We invite you to submit your image to #memory_archive – a global exchange project and exhibition.

What is a memory? It can be a treasured souvenir. It can also be an invented, or entirely distorted recollection of an experience. Memory lies somewhere in-between truth and fiction. For this exhibition we are calling for images to be sent in, that reference true, false or made up stories. This will be a showcase that collectively explores an in-depth reflection on personal, local & global events in 2015. The images will be installed in an exhibition, that creates and reflects on a collective memory. After the exhibition, we will re-distribute the fragments of these photographic memories. Each entrant will receive a print from the exhibition in return.

Louise Clements, FORMAT International Photography Festival
Roger Ballen, Artist
Jon Feinstein, Humble Arts Foundation
Daniel Boetker Smith, Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive
Virginie Lamarche & Bastien Desfriches Doria, Fotofilmic
Luca Desienna, Gomma Books
Talia Smith, Artist
Heidi Romano, Photobook Melbourne

The jury will choose one winner and 20 finalists from the submitted work. The winning prize is A$1,000 (acquisitive). We will purchase an original print from the artist for our collection. Alexandra Serrano was the winner of the 2015 Photobook Melbourne Photo Award.

We will print and exhibit every image (some as small postcards and nothing bigger than 8×10) in an installation.
Exhibition opening 4th February 2016 > Boyd School Studios, 207-229 City Rd, Southbank

Social media
We will share the work of 50 artists through our social media channels (FB, twitter and Instagram).

Print swap
After the exhibition, we will randomly mail you an image from the #memory_archive collection.

Interested in contributing?
Submit your work for consideration. We will review all images and announce the finalists at the end of January 2016.

Entry Fee


Step one
Please pay the $25 submission fee (See link below)
We will wave the submission fee for those who don’t have the means to pay for it or who don’t have access to paypal. Please mention it in the application form.

Step two
Send zipped folder (Firstname_Lastname) to [email protected] with  ‘#memory_archive’ in the subject line.
Include: your paypal receipt, your image and application form.
– image to be 2000 pixels wide (no borders or watermarks)
– titled Firstname_Lastname.jpg
Links to work online will not be considered.

Closing Date
Sunday 17 January 2016 – last day to submit your online entry – no later entries will be accepted.

Pay your submission fee now

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