Book of the Month runners up

Our Runners Up Showcase

Typically, we only share the winning Book of the Month entry, but the quality of customer books we see seem to be reaching greater heights with each passing month. So, rather than let those amazing finalists and their projects go by unseen, we've decided to showcase them here with their permission.

Because at MILK Books, we don't believe in keeping beauty to ourselves.



October Runner Up: Our engagement

Ashlen Sepulveda, USA

Get a glimpse of a private engagement in Santorini, Greece, involving a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean. From start to finish, every moment of the couple’s intimate proposal reflects the love they have for each other.

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October Runner Up: Wedding in Norway

Maggie Gardner, USA

Be enchanted by the celebration of Maggie and Kelly's wintery wedding as their vows were exchanged against the backdrop of a snow-covered landscape. The Northern Lights, a sled of huskies and intrepid locations make this an extra special album to peruse.

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Runners up for September 2023

Wales, 2023

Bryony Melhuish, UK

Large square natural linen premium photo book of baby eating ice cream on beach

Join Bryony’s family on their memorable outdoor journey. Packed with laughter-filled activities, their camping adventure made a landmark in our collection of family photo books.

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T & J

Jayde Cooper, Australia

Blue linen portrait photo book of newlyweds kissing at end of aisle during wedding ceremony

Experience Jayde and Tommy's vibrant wedding bliss in this exquisite Premium Photo Book. Feel the happiness and joy of the newlyweds and guests exuded on every page.

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Runners up for August 2023


Ang Weir, New Zealand

Blue linen landscape photo book of Antarctica with close ups of penguins and rocky shore

Explore Antarctica's frozen wonderland with Ang, as he captures detailed shots of icebergs and Antarctic wildlife. Simply flipping through the pages of his photo book gave us an icy chill!

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Martin Tournebize, France

Red rose colored portrait photo book of a chicken and grandma in polaroids

Martin’s ode to his grandmother gave a glimpse of everyday life at her home. We felt nostalgic from the warmth in these memories, and loved the sweet comments from loved ones throughout.

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Runners up for July 2023

Book of Boz

Bill Meyer, USA

Black landscape photo book with Labrador dogs together on rocks

Follow in the heartwarming adventure of Boz as he grows from a puppy, supported by a loving family and playful companion Enzo. This photo book captures pure joy at its finest!

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The Adlingtons

Rosana Clifton, UK

Magazine with soft lighting photos of wedding vintage car with newlyweds inside holding bouquet

Take a look inside Rosie and Tom's exquisite wedding at Casa do Lago, Portugal. With a soft, romantic ambience, discover the captivating warmth of their wedding ceremony.

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Runners up for June 2023

The Brennans

Brooke Brennan, Australia

Wedding Magazine featuring newlywed couple in Tulum Mexico standing by the poolside in their tropical villa near palm trees

Join the Brennans on their intimate wedding ceremony in Tulum, Mexico, as the rustling palm trees and the vast gulf waters bear witness to their heartfelt vows to each other.

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The Hamiltons

Marina Hamilton, New Zealand

Luxe Softcover Photo Book spread of the Hamilton family with two babies carried by parents wearing green and brown

The Hamilton family preserved precious moments at home in their heartwarming Softcover Photo Book, cherishing their early family memories with adorable babies, August and Zayla.

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Runners up for May 2023

The Outlier

Simon Doughty, UK

Black Square Moleskine Photo Book of black and white photos of UK cliffs by the crashing ocean waves

We were captivated by Simon's breathtaking photography, which was made into a striking photo book. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the dramatic cliffs, rugged hills, and grey overcast skies that veil the landscape.

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The Abitbols

Niko Abitbol, USA

Portrait Magazine two page spread of newlyweds in shades of brown hugging each other and looking into camera as sunlight shines through background pine trees

The Abitbol's stood out with their radiant woodland forest wedding in one of our contemporary magazine formats. We fell in love with the autumnal shades worn by the wedding party and the warm light that cascaded over the ceremony.

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Runners up for April 2023

Natural Histories

Donna Hopkins, USA

Open portrait photo book with poetry and pictures inside of house next to cup of coffee

Embark on a poignant journey of friendship through this beautifully crafted collection of photographs and poems. We love how Donna and Susan have displayed both their visual and written creativity in our timeless Premium Photo Book format.

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Nathan & Jordane

Jordane Hyams, Australia

Open landscape photo book of newlywed couple walking down aisle in Australian hills with confetti thrown at them

This beautiful Premium Wedding Photo Album told the story of Nathan and Jordane’s special day. Jordane wore a stunning floral gown with décor to match, making for a rustic styled union that fit the happy couple perfectly.

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Runners up for March 2023

Our Wedding

Emilia Bellm, UK

Open landscape photo book with bright colorful wedding with shades of pink and yellow and floral themed - bride wears pink dress

This eye-catching Premium Photo Album captured a vivid scene of flowers in a picturesque wedding venue. With plenty of upbeat vibes, this gorgeous wedding was an undeniably festive occasion for the wedded couple and their guests.

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Mr. & Mrs. Metcalf

Zach Doleac, USA

Open portrait wedding magazine with photos of bridal party staring at camera wearing white and pastel shades

With pastel shades and a one-of-a-kind style reflected in this Wedding Magazine, this modern couple celebrated a chic wedding for their special day. Zach Doleac’s photography highlighted the captivating bond they both share with their friends and family.

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Runners up for February 2023

The Society Islands, French Polynesia

Will Kaner, USA

Photo book with tropical island photos

Stunning scenes from The Society Islands, French Polynesia are brought to life in this travel photo book. Full of sweeping vistas and nods to island life, we can think of no better way to capture a great adventure.

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House of Christiansen

Katarina Christiansen, Canada

Wedding magazine with retro style couple

A contemporary format for a modern couple. We loved flipping through the pages of Katarina and Chase’s Wedding Magazine; the endless smiles and unconditional love had us captivated from start to finish.

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Runners up for January 2023


Angela Lam, Hong Kong

Photo book of three children saluting in Northern India

The vibrant colors of Rajasthan come to life beautifully in this Moleskine Photo Book. Packed with captivating photography, each page gives viewers a glimpse at day-to-day life in this state in Northern India.

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From 3 to 4

Edmond Leung, Hong Kong

Photo book with photos of a father and son doing activities together

This thoughtful Moleskine Photo Book captures a year in the life of Georgie, his mama and papa. From an unexpected quarantine stay to beach visits and ice skating, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the moments that marked Georgie’s third year of life.

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Runners up for December 2022

Alva Clarke Poynter

Kelly Poynter, Australia

Premium Photo Book with baby imagery

These touching photographs capture some pure magic between baby Alva and their family. Moments spent at home, playing music, with a cup of coffee in hand, show that it's all about capturing life's simple pleasures. 

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Portraits 2022

Chloe Nario, USA

Classic Photo Book

This beautiful golden-hour family photoshoot takes place in Laguna Beach. These intimate moments captured between the Nario and Romero Family create a sentimental snapshot in time, to be preserved for generations to come.

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Runners up for November 2022

Mr & Mrs

Kaylie Smith, Australia

Wedding magazine

This stunning couple got married in Australia. The beautiful desert venue with its cactuses are reminiscent of a Mexican landscape.

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Japan Photo 100

Benjamin Riki Fletcher, Australia

Red premium photo books

This portfolio is simple yet moving. 100 black and white photos taken across Japan. We love it.

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Runners up for October 2022


Jahnavi Lakkireddy, USA

Photo spread showing family pictures

This photo album provides a display-worthy home for this family’s beautiful portraits. Featuring backdrops of lavender fields and snow-covered terrain, the incredible photography takes center stage in our timeless lay-flat format.

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Jillian & Patrick

Jillian Baco, USA

Photo spread showing wedding portraits

Iceland’s dramatic terrain serves as the backdrop for Jillian and Patrick’s striking wedding portraits. From the country’s quintessential turf houses to dazzling waterfalls, each page of this special memento had us truly captivated.

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Runners up for September 2022

Jenna & Ismael

Nadège Richards, USA

Premium Photo Album showing spread of wedding images

This photo album is 40 pages of perfection. A stunning day, now immortalized in print.

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A Night Excursion in Taipei

Angela Lam, Hong Kong

Moleskine Landscape Monograph book showing black and white image spread

Meet street vendors, locals, and workers during an evening in Taipei.

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Runners up for August 2022

backyard adventure

Alison Swan, USA

Premium family photo book

This beautiful photo book captures a crisp morning in September spent together in the backyard. Sometimes it’s the little adventures that make the most beautiful mementos.

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Jennifer & Johnathan

Jen Wong, Australia

Premium classic wedding album

With over 250 photos, we’re invited to see Jennifer and Johnathan’s beautiful commitment to each other, from the tea ceremony to their wedding day.

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Runners up for July 2022

Book Fleurs

Anne-Sophie Mathis, France

Moleskine Photo Book with images of flowers on spread

A format fit for a masterpiece, this beautiful Moleskine Photo Book is full of photography that beautifully captures the artistic and delicate nature of flora and fauna.

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Me and my dog Bruno (mostly)

Evy Anwar, Australia

Softcover Photo Book closed

This sentimental Softcover Photo Book documents the story between Bruno and his owner, from his earliest days as a puppy to summer holidays at the beach.

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Runners up for June 2022

Welcome Baby Yona

Erik deWeaver, USA

Double page book spread showing family pictures

Erik’s book is a touching piece which shows us the true joy baby Yona’s birth has been for the family. Delicate moments of love are shared between the family, as they come together for this shoot.

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Europe 2019

Kaylee Ogan, USA

Double page book spread showing travel pictures

Kaylee’s adventures leave us hungry for travel as she documents her way around Europe. Surrounded by venerable buildings and some delicious looking food, we know Kaylee’s trip was great!

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Runners up for April 2022

Mr & Mrs Martinez Mas

Cristina Guevara, Mexico

Double page spread of wedding amongst flowers

We love how Cristina has arranged these moments from her special wedding day into a memoir glowing with warmth. Surrounded by exquisite flowers, we can easily see the heartfelt happiness shared between these newlyweds. Congratulations Cristina and Martinez on your marriage! 

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Revisiter l'abandonné

Mélodie Béland, Canada

Open spread of building amongst snow

There is a certain charm to be found in the forgotten world Mélodie captures; abandoned sheds, decaying furniture, and uninhabited spaces lay long untouched under a layer of pristine winter snow. We are intrigued by the fragments of rustic wonderland she has portrayed through her book.

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Runners up for March 2022

The Rosendales

Danielle Bartlett, Australia

The Rosendales

We are delighted to witness the Rosendales’ special day through their Wedding Magazine. The newlyweds lead us through a dreamlike meadow, with an ‘I do’ waiting at the end. Congratulations, on your special day.

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Aotearoa on Film

Gemma Hinckesman, New Zealand

Aotearoa on Film

To capture the essence of a New Zealand summer is a challenge to some photographers – even more so when film gives you only one shot. Gemma has done exactly this, and beautifully, creating a glowing portrait of the country.

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Runners up for February 2022


Alexandra Minnis, USA

Classic Photo Book showing family laughing, holding newborn

A beautiful family photo book which highlights the delights of adding your little one to your tribe. Alexandra gives this beautiful memory as a gift to her son Conrad, who will be able to revisit this for years to come. 

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The Day the Sky Went Black

Tony Kenny, Australia

Black & white Moleskine book on coffee table

We love this Moleskine Photo Book which powerfully documents the Australian bush fires of 2019-20. Tony chillingly captures this natural disaster in grayscale, preserving the moment for lifetimes as to be never forgotten.

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Runners up for January 2022

Mr & Mrs Covill

Alyssa Covill, Canada

Wedding magazine displaying newlyweds posing for portrait.

A magazine which faithfully attests to this particular day being a perfect one for the newlywed Mr and Mrs Covill. We receive the privilege of witnessing their beautiful ceremony, which is accented with flowers and bathed in sunlight.

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Regina Melo, USA

Open book depicting grayscale portrait of old woman.

Regina provides an immersive introspection into the world of her mother. We are given fragments, and whispers, of her that paint a charming portrait. A beautiful memory which this book will forever preserve.

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Runners up for December 2021

Jason & Sundae

Sundae Ngo, New Zealand

Book of wedding couple at beach

A stunning portrait of the newlyweds tying the knot on the shores of a beautiful New Zealand beach.

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Stephanie Klinke, Germany

Book on table of blue door and trees in Provence, France

Did someone say bon voyage? Stephanie provides us with charming insight into the delights to be found in southern France.

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Runners up for November 2021


Natalia De Faveri, Australia

Open photo book showing images of newborn child

This baby book celebrates the arrival of little Tommy. It's a simple collection of newborn photos that is sure to be treasured.

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Mr & Mrs Allen on Film

Hollie Molloy, UK

Open photo book showing images of wedding day

Each photo is captured on a film camera, giving the images a warm quality and making this photo book a wonder to behold.

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