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PANZ Book Design Awards 2012 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards, including the AWA Press Young Designer of the Year Award, have been announced.

The titles shortlisted in the best designed cover category are:

  • Tupaia (Joan Bruett, Random House New Zealand), designed by Saskia Nicol
  • Canterbury Society of Arts (Warren Feeney, Canterbury University Press), designed by Aaron Beehre
  • Janet Frame in Her Own Words (Janet Frame, Penguin New Zealand), designed by Anna Egan-Reid.


The shortlists for all categories, including best children’s book, best illustrated book, best non-illustrated book, best educational book and best typography, can be found online here.

Book designers Anna Egan-Reid, Megan Van Staden and Saskia Nicol are the finalists for this year’s AWA Press Young Designer of the Year Award, which is open to designers under the age of 35. Announcing the finalists this week, advisory judge Keely O’Shannessy said that the award received a record-number of entries this year. ‘It was really hard to choose the final three, but we were impressed by the diverse portfolios of the three finalists who showed real ability in design across different genres,’ said O’Shannessy.

The winners of this year’s PANZ Book Design Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony in Auckland on 5 July. For more information about the awards, click here.



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