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First Edition Photobook, 2020-2022 Award winners

The University Library First Edition Photobook Award was launched in 2015, with Alison Skyrme, Special Collections and liaison librarian and Christopher Manson, Image Arts instructor leading the awards program. The award was initiated in relation to work completed as part of a third year Image Arts course titled: The Photographic Book. For the course, students learn design and composition principles and are required to conceive of, and produce, their own photobook from their own photography.

“Over the eight years the award has been granted I have always been impressed with the quality of the work that the photography students produce,” says Skyrme.

Each year student works are submitted for the award and the winning photobooks are selected by panel. In addition to the award, the photobooks are purchased by the Library to become part of its book collection. They are housed by Special Collections and are available for viewing in the Archives and Special Collections reading room. The acquisition of these titles is supported by a donation from The Photographic Historical Society of Canada.

“Every year our collection of student books grows, we have 54 in the collection now, and it becomes a stronger and more impressive record of the creativity and talent of the photography students over time,” says Skyrme.

For the winter semester the Award winning books from the past three years will be on view in the exhibit cases on the 4th floor of the library, located just outside our reading room doors.

A complete list of award winners can be found in the First Edition Photobook Award collection record.

2020 Award Winners:

Metamorphosis by Julie Ng

Interplay of Light by Jordana Petruccelli

Biotypes by Gabrielle Tyrie

Two Minutes of Progress Avenue by Austin Waddell

The Disposable Glitch by Teagan Lopes

Surveillance Culture by Yarden Haddie

  • Photograph of front cover of book Metamorphosis by Julie Ng
  • Photograph of front cover of book Interplay of Light by Jordana Petruccelli
  • Photograph of front page of book Biotypes by Gabrielle Tyrie
  • Photograph of front page of book Two Minutes of Progress Avenue by Austin Waddell
  • Frpnt page from book Surveillance Culture by Yarden Haddi

2021 Award Winners:

My Mennonite Mother by Sarah Bauman

No, You by Freida Wang

You, The Light & Nothing Else by Christina Oyawale

Right Here. Right Now by Deion Squires-Rouse

Mapping Colour by Abygail De Leon

Plant Kingdom by Zongzhe Cai

Fag! by Tyler Da Silva

I Beg You to Have Patience by Caeden Wigston

  • Photograph of front cover of book My Mennonite Mother by Sarah Bauman
  • Photograph of front page of book No, You by Freida Wang
  • Photograph of front cover of book You, the light & nothing else by Christina Oyawale
  • Photograph of front cover of book Right Here. Right Now by Deign Squires-Rouse,
  • Photograph of front cover of book Mapping Colour by Abygail De Leon
  • Photograph of front cover of book Plant Kingdom by Zongzhe Cai
  • Front cover of book Fag! by Tyler Da Silva
  • Photograph of front page of book I Beg You To Have Patience by Caeden Wigston

The full range of books created for consideration for the 2021 awards can be viewed on the TMU Artspace webpage “First Edition Photobook Show 2021

2022 Award Winners:

Back Book by Pengxiang Zhou

Shrieking Sisterhood by Kayla Ward

The Paper by Kayla Ward

Calm and Chaos by Kay Nadjiwon

Rosemary and Thyme by Katya Lina

Need Me by Payton Keeler Cox

Meu Avo by Andrew Moreno

Bring Back the Ice to the Lake by Yixuan Mark Wang

  • Photograph of the front cover of the Back Book by Pengxiang Zhou
  • Photograph of the front page of the book Shrieking Sisterhood by Kayla Ward
  • Front cover of The Paper by Kayla Ward
  • Photograph of front cover for book Calm & Chaos by Kay Nadjiwon
  • Photograph of front page of book Rosemary & Thyme by Kayta Ilina
  • Photograph of front cover of book Need Me by Payton Keeler Cox
  • Photograph of contents of box that makes up book Meh Avo by Andrew Moreno
  • Photograph of front cover of book Bring Back Ice to the Lake by Yixuan Mark Wang