Photography.Book.Now Announces Call For Entries In Self-Published Photography Book Competition

Photography.Book.Now launches international salon, symposium, and book competition with $25,000 grand prize

San Francisco, Calif.
March 18, 2008

The Photography.Book.Now International Salon and Symposium seeks entries for a new photography book competition celebrating self-published photography books and the photographers behind them. The grand prize award is $25,000 to finish - or start - a photography project of the winner’s choice.

World-renowned photographer and photography book expert Darius Himes will lead a panel of editors, publishers, curators, and photographers who will jury the Photography.Book.Now competition. Photographers are invited to submit their most creative, most innovative, and finest self-published photography books.

Entries will be accepted in two categories, General and Themed. The General category celebrates the diversity of the photographic medium, and gives entrants the creative freedom to produce the book of their choice. The Themed category invites any topic, concept, or collection of work that demonstrates how photography can create a narrative in book form. Complete entry guidelines and rules are available at

An important part of Photography.Book.Now is bringing the photographic community together. There will be an awards ceremony in San Francisco where the grand prize and top category winners will be honored. There will also be meet-ups in San Francisco, New York, London, and Cologne, where attendees can hang out with industry peers, judges, and friends.

Photography.Book.Now includes a traveling salon showcasing the competition’s winning books, and a half-day symposium featuring panels and presentations exploring the modern photography book movement.

The Photography.Book.Now International Salon and Symposium is presented by Blurb, the creative publishing service. Sponsors include American Photo, Photo District News (PDN), Livebooks, Flickr, SmugMug, and JPG Magazine, among others.

“Most photographers, whether photography is their day job or they wish that it could be, want to see their work published,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s founder and CEO. “To affordably make a book of one’s own photography, with complete creative control, is a liberating, exciting, highly personal, and satisfying experience. That’s what Photography.Book.Now should inspire: Photographers making the books they’ve always wanted to make, with a real chance to gain worldwide recognition and win a tremendous prize.”

To enter, photographers must visit and submit their photography books by July 14, 2008.

About Photography.Book.Now
Be a part of the modern photography book movement. Photography.Book.Now celebrates the most creative, most innovative and finest self-published photography books - and the people behind the. Photography.Book.Now is an international juried book competition, traveling salon and symposium. Get started by making your book using Blurb’s free software and commercial-quality printing, or ender your own self-published book. Join the movement and submit your book by July 14th for your chance at the $25,000 grand prize, a trip to San Francisco, and worldwide recognition. For more information visit

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