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New sponsors, new award, fresh logo: PANZ Book Design Awards 2013

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11 March 2013

For 2013, a best cookbook category sponsored by 1010 Printing Group will be added to the PANZ Book Design Awards. “The support of 1010 Printing allows us to add a category for food and wine books which we have wanted to do for some time,” says PANZ councillor for the awards Sam Elworthy. “Given the strength of the category in our publishing, it is great to recognise this with the 1010 Printing Award for Best Cookbook.”

PANZ is also pleased to announce that the shipping and freight company Oceanbridge, which generously supported New Zealand’s Guest of Honour year at the Frankfurt Book Fair, will now be a major sponsor of the design awards and principal sponsor of the Book Design Workshop. Geared towards publishers and designers alike, the workshop will be held on 19 July, the morning following awards night.

Sam Elworthy comments, “The Book Design Workshop began last year and was very well received by designers, production managers and publishers, so it’s great to have the great Oceanbridge team back this workshop with their sponsorship and expertise.”

And with a new print sponsor joining the team, the awards are looking in good shape. Idealog, “the home of NZ business ideas, innovation and creativity,” will now operate as the principal print/media sponsor for the awards.

Established categories in the PANZ Book Design Awards are the Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book, the Hachette New Zealand Award for Best Non-illustrated Book, Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children's Book, Pearson Award for Best Educational Book, HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Cover and the Mary Egan Award for Best Typography.

The Gerard Reid Award for Best Book, sponsored by Nielsen Book Services, will be chosen from the winners of these seven categories.

A stand-alone award, the PANZ Young Designer of the Year, will also be presented at the event to be held in Auckland on 18 July. For this award, designers under the age of 35 submit a small portfolio of their work.

Special attention has been given to the judging format to ensure the judging process is fair and transparent for all the awards made. As of this year there will be four judges to cover all entries, and in line with a strict set of rules, judges who have a conflict of interest in any particular category will remain silent and will not submit a score for the book in conflict. Scores will then be based on their average.

The final polish for the refreshed PANZ Book Design Awards is a new logo – created by top graphic and book designer Gideon Keith, Creative Partner at Strategy Design and Advertising.

The PANZ Book Design Awards are now open for entries, with a closing date of Friday 12 April 2013. Criteria and registration forms here.


For more details please contact:
Sophia Broom