The Photography.Book.Now International Juried Competition seeks entries for its second annual competition celebrating self-published photography books and the photographers behind them. The grand prize is $25,000 to finish – or start – a photography project of the winner’s choice. Entries will be accepted in three categories – Fine Art, Editorial, and Commercial. The grand prize and first-prize winners will receive a private portfolio review with members of the judging panel in the category in which they submitted.
Submissions will be accepted through 16:00pm BST on the 16th July, 2009, at Photography.Book.Now
, the complete entry guidelines and rules can also be found here. The Photography.Book.Now International Juried Competition is presented by Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books.
Noted photography book expert Darius Himes will serve as lead judge for the second year. In this role, Himes will lead a panel of editors, gallery curators, publishers, and photographers who will jury the Photography.Book.Now competition. The full panel of judges will be announced shortly.
“We were truly blown away by the amazing and inspiring range of work we saw in the competition’s first year,” said Himes, lead judge of the first Photography.Book.Now contest. “We expect submissions this year will be even more spectacular. Photography.Book.Now offers photographers of all backgrounds a wonderful opportunity to showcase compelling work in book form. The three categories celebrate the photography book as an experience that is more than just the sum of its parts.”
In 2008, more than 2,000 photography books were submitted for consideration to the inaugural Photography.Book.Now competition. Beth Dow, a professional photographer from Minneapolis, MN, was awarded the $25,000 grand prize for her project, "In the Garden," a book-length presentation of a portfolio of large platinum-palladium prints that examine tensions of mass, light, and perspective in highly cultivated landscapes.
An important aspect of Photography.Book.Now is bringing together the photography community. Later in the year, there will be an awards celebration and meet-up in New York, where attendees will celebrate outstanding books and have a chance to meet some of the most influential figures in the field. Photography.Book.Now will also host similar events in San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Paris.
“Long gone are the days where only an elite few could see their work in print,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s founder and CEO. “Now all photographers can create high-fidelity and beautifully produced books, while retaining full control of the creative process – forever changing the face of publishing. Photography.Book.Now salutes the innovators in this newly accessible and affordable medium, and the fantastic books they create.”
Please submit your photography books by 16:00 pm BST on the 16th July 2009.
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