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2022 First Edition Photobook Award

The University Library Special Collections, and The Photographic Historical Society of Canada.

The University Library First Edition Photobook Award 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. 

This is the 8th year of the award and I am always 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, become part of the Library collection and are displayed at the Archives and Special Collections along other esteemed collections including the Kodak collection. 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.


The 2022 First Edition Photobook Award winners, include:


The Paper
By Kayla Ward










Back Book
By Pengxiang Zhou










Shrieking Sisterhood
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 Ice to the Lake
By Yixuan Mark Wang