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Award-winning design: Antarctica

If you need some inspiration, look no further than this stunning layout by Robin Moon. It's no surprise Antarctica Journey to the sublime won the 2023 Australian Photographic Society Photo Book Award travel category.

 

Look inside here and find out why its a winner below


 

Antarctica photo book by Robin Moon
Cover & curation

The cover visuals immediately grab your attention. The photo is strong, unique, and well represents the icy wonderland. The photos inside are also exceptional, and the number of them just right. Not too many, and not too few.


 

Antarctica photo book by Robin Moon
A moment to pause

We rarely see a book that doesn't start with the title page, but Robin's bucks the trend by starting hers with this ethereal landscape. It's perfectly placed to encourage you to wind down before exploring this dreamlike destination.



 

Antarctica photo book by Robin Moon
Title page & font

We find the title on page 3 instead. The organic, friendly curve of the font blends beautifully with the folds of the icy slopes on the opposite page. The subtitle "Journey to the sublime" also suggests we'll be taken on a poetic journey, rather than a statement of facts.

Antarctica photo book by Robin Moon
Chapters & content

Dividing the book into chapters implies we'll find more imagery than icebergs and water, and reveals what inspired Robin to visit this strange land. The inclusion of a chapter about Storms  also tells us she's a creative who looks beyond the standard.

 

Antarctica photo book by Robin Moon
Visual variety

Not having been to Antarctica, I imagine it could be difficult to capture 'different' photos of the majestic white formations, but Robin's keeps surprising us with different angles and page layouts that reveal their unique personalities.

Antarctica photo book by Robin Moon
A rounded view

And of course she doesn't exclude the spectacular wildlife, which she weaves in with some descriptive information to give us a clear sense of their features, their activities, and how they survive in such an unusual environment.


Antarctica photo book by Robin Moon
Pace & sequence

The pace of the book is languid, with mainly one to two images per page. But by presenting a series of penguin shots across a double page spread, their personable and playful nature is blatantly clear.


Antarctica photo book by Robin Moon
Lasting impressions

The grand finale is a striking pastel landscape. The water disappearing into the distance appropriately suggests she is homeward bound, but doesn't provide a hard end to the book. Allowing the reader to continue daydreaming about their own Antarctic adventure.


Congratulations Robin!

Congrats on such a professional and poetic showcase of Antarctica. Your award was well deserved, and, if this is your first photo book design, we imagine there'll be plenty more awards to come!

 

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