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"Historie naturalne" | BRONZE MEDAL
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Historie naturalne (Natural Histories) - published by the Polish Dance Theatre in 2020 - received the Bronze Medal in Best Book Design from all over the World competition organized by Stiftung Buchkunst from 1963.

For more than 60 years, Stiftung Buchkunst (German foundation for book design) has been promoting the exemplary design of commercial books and providing them with a highly regarded forum through three important competitions - The Best German Book Design, Sponsorship Prize for Young Book Design and Best Book Design from all over the World. The results of these design competitions set points of reference and track new developments. They serve as impulses for outstanding design and exemplary workmanship.

Stiftung Buchkunst networks international book design competitions under the umbrella of »Best Book Design from all over the World«.  Despite cultural differences in book production, this competition is an attempt to compare the technical and aesthetic level as well as the appropriate and artistic design of books beyond national borders. The focus is on international exchange and mutual stimulation.

Hundreds of award-winning titles from national competitions in over 30 countries are examined by an international jury of experts. In the international competition, only books that have previously been judged and awarded prizes by expert juries in their respective countries of origin are evaluated.

In 2022, 503 books from 30 countries took part in the competition. The Jury decided to award 14 books from 9 countries: Austria, China, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, and Ukraine. The highest award given by the jury is the “Golden Letter”. In addition, one Gold Medal, two Silver Medals, five Bronze Medals (one for “Natural Histories”) and five Honorary Appreciations will be selected.. 

This is a bold book. What a joy to browse through this “orgy” of images. (...) Photographs which juxtapose images of animal and humans, as well as texts by renowned experts, are united by a common message. There must be longing for positive space in the coexistence of animals and humans. Paws and hands, hooves and feet, faces and mouths, hair and fur – coexist. The boundaries are more fluid than some people would like to admit - says the Jury in its statement and adds: A very strong graphic cover – not to mention the equally strong design of the spine, striking structuring numbers and the characteristic typography of the accompanying essays (5 popular scientific texts in Polish and English) form a grandiose counterbalance. This book is like its own typography lesson.

Books awarded in the Best Book Design from all over the World will be presented during the Independent Publishing Fair “It's a book”  in Leipzig on March 19th, 2022. They will also be discussed during “live talks” hosted by  Katharina Hesse who is the managing director of the Stiftung Buchkunst and the Jury. Talk will take place on Instagram  @stiftungbuchkunst as scheduled:

March 11th, at  11.00 a.m. - Golden Letter / Gold Medal

March 11th,  at 5 p.m. - Silver Medals

March 14th, at 3 p.m. - Honorary Appreciations

March 15th, at 3 p.m. - Bronze Medals


Historie naturalne / Natural Histories  /details:

format: 215 × 280 mm
number of pages: 680
number of copies: 250
ISBN 978-83-951669-2-1

Concept: Iwona Pasińska
Design: Ryszard Bienert

Photography: Andrzej Grabowski

Printer: Drukmania s.c., Poznań (PL)
Publisher: Polish Dance Theatre 


If you interested to buy the awarded book please contact Alicja Hafke, for all details.

"Natural Histories" price: 199 PLN + cost of delivery 

About the competition and awarded books 


photo by Andrzej Grabowski