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Most Beautiful Books Australia and New Zealand award winners announced

The winners of the inaugural Most Beautiful Books Australia and New Zealand (MBBANZ) award have been announced.

The winners are:

  • Anthology of New Zealand Literature (ed by Jane Stafford & Mark Williams, Auckland University Press)
  • A Bell is a Cup (Matt Connors, Rainoff)
  • Incomplete Discography (Karl Nawrot, Horizon Pages)
  • Louise Menzies’ Local Edition (Louise Menzies, DDMMYY)
  • Luminous: Celebrating 50 Years of the Australian Ballet (ed by Kate Scott & Lorelei Vashti, Australian Ballet)
  • Form Next to Form Next to Form (Nova Paul, Gwynneth Porter & Karl Steven, Clouds and Dent-de-Leone)
  • Owl Know How (Cat Rabbit & Isobelle Knowles, Thames & Hudson)
  • Ildiko Kovacs: Down the Line 1980-2010 (ed by Daniel Mudie Cunningham & Terence Maloon, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery)
  • The Anatomy of Business (Louis Porter, Twenty Shelves)
  • Institute Zagreb 1986 & The Air Of Conquerors (S T Lore, HRH Publishing)
  • My Abuela’s Table (Daniella Germain, Hardie Grant).


The MBBANZ award is presented bienially by Monash University Art Design & Architecture (MADA) in partnership with the State Library of Victoria. MADA faculty dean Shane Murray said the newly established award ‘extends beyond the boundaries of the university and reaches out into the community of creative practice’ and ‘recognises the international profile that book design has in Australia and New Zealand’.

The organising committee received over 315 nominations after calling for entries in January from designers, printers, publishers and readers. The judges selected a shortlist of 37 books, then narrowed this down to 11 winners. All the books were published in Australia and New Zealand during 2011 and 2012. The judging panel included architect Peter Corrigan, UK designer James Langdon, design lecturers Denise Whitehouse and Warren Taylor, and Auckland’s split/fountain director Layla Tweedie-Cullen.

The MBBANZ award winners were announced at the opening of an exhibition featuring the winners and highly mentioned books. The exhibiton runs from 20-25 March at the MADA Gallery at Monash University in Caulfield, Victoria. More information is available on the website here.



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