It is with absolute delight that Fier Institute can formally announce they were awarded the winner of the 2012 Canon APPA (Australian Professional Photography Awards) Photography Book of the Year.

It is especially meaningful that the judges realised the significant socio-cultural value and contribution the book will make as a social record of Contemporary Australian Family Lives and relationships.

Fier institute is very grateful to our sponsors, especially Momento Pro for their valued support and belief in the project. Copies of the Family Project book may be purchased directly from Momento or from Fier Institute

Momento Pro wins an award with the Family Project book at the 2012 HP Indigo Asia Pacific / Japan Digital Print Awards

Fier Institute deserves to feel proud – it was announced last night at the opening of the Family Project at Momento, that Momento had won an award for entering the Contemporary Australian Family Photographic Project book in the 2012 HP Asia Pacific / Japan digital print award for consumer photobook – it is wonderful news for Momento but is also exceptional news for Fier Institute’s inaugural book publication.

Looking at the Family in Photography – A discussion panel

Fier Institute is proud to announce a discussion panel to be moderated by Alasdair Foster on Looking at the Family in Photography will be featured at Sydney College of the Arts on May 24th. It will include John Godfrey, Dawne Fahey, Vanessa Wiggins and Cim Sears. It will be a lively discussion, and a great event where the proceeds will be used to help fund the Family Project. For further details please go to:

A new group titled: Contemporary Photography Projects has been initiated on Linkedin. So if you are a Linkedin member and have a desire to be involved in future photographic projects, or be involved in discussions about contemporary photography projects please join in the conversations that are to come.

My thanks goes to the Perth participants for sharing their thoughts and experiences of being involved in the Family Project. Your comments are valued. For other participants who would like to share their experiences of being involved in the project – a survey will be sent to you directly.

April Ward:
“Having the project to focus on helped consolidate a body of work for me. The knowledge that curators would be involved was great because it is invaluable to be critiqued by respected members of photographic community

The staging of exhibition and launch meant that a wider audience had access to my work that I would not have been able to put together myself. The feedback has helped further my profile and encouraged me to do more within my field. I have also met and connected with more of my peers and now feel part of a network.
The book has been a wonderful showcase for my work and has meant a lot to the subjects that they are important enough to be featured. They are very proud.
Knowing that the institute has been established makes me feel proud and honored to give back to the community by way of my art and I feel as though it has given the project greater respect and importance.

Having the exhibition appear in two states at major festivals is great for my profile. Also having the book held at the national gallery makes me a part of photographic Australian history. There have only been positives for me by being involved on this project”.