Beth Dow’s “In the Garden” Awarded Photography.Book.Now Grand Prize For Best Self-Published Photography Book

Winners chosen from over 2,000 photography book submissions in the competition’s first year

San Francisco, Calif.
September 11, 2008

Beth Dow, a professional photographer from Minneapolis, MN, was awarded the $25,000 grand prize in the first-ever Photography.Book.Now competition for her photography book, “In the Garden,” a portfolio of large platinum-palladium prints that examine tensions of mass, light, and perspective in highly cultivated landscapes. Ms. Dow’s work was chosen as the most creative, most innovative and finest self-published photography book by an esteemed panel of judges led by Darius Himes, a co-founder of Radius Books.

“I’m both humbled and thrilled by this achievement, and to have my work recognized by such a prestigious group of judges,” said Beth Dow, Grand Prize winner, Photography.Book.Now. “This award will allow me to finish a deeply meaningful project that I may not have otherwise had the chance to do, and I’m profoundly grateful. Congratulations to all the photographers who submitted their work to Photography.Book.Now.”

“We were truly blown away by the range and quality of work we saw,” said Darius Himes, lead judge, Photography.Book.Now. “It wasn’t easy to whittle close to 2,000 submissions down to a single Grand Prize winner; in fact it was brutal. The group of winners is both diverse and of exceptional quality. Ms. Dow’s photography is truly outstanding. Her elegant images of the cultivated natural world, her devotion to a traditional photographic process, her ability to make work that feels contemporary, and her intelligent use of the book form to showcase that work is what ultimately separated her work from an impressive field.”

The Photography.Book.Now International Salon and Symposium is the brainchild of Blurb, the creative publishing platform. The photography book competition celebrates self-published photography books and the photographers behind them. Out of 2,000 submissions, the top 50 books are acknowledged as top prize winners and Honorable Mentions. The prize winners are listed below, and the Honorable Mentions are acknowledged in the Photography.Book.Now Bookstore on

  • Grand Prize: Beth Dow, In The Garden
  • Category Winner, Themed: Jonathan Smith, The Bridge Project
  • Category Winner, General: Talia Chetrit, Reading
  • First Runner-up, Themed: Cara Phillips, Singular Beauty
  • First Runner-up, General: John Lehr, Something is Happening
  • Second Runner-up, Themed: Ed Panar, Johnstown / Benjamin Lowy, Iraq Perspectives (tie)
  • Second Runner-up, General: Michael Corridore, Roadworks


One photographer will also receive the Photography.Book.Now People’s Choice Award, which will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on September 19th in San Francisco.

Submissions to the Photography.Book.Now competition are available for purchase in the Blurb Bookstore.

An important part of Photography.Book.Now is bringing the photographic community together. The Photography.Book.Now International Salon and Symposium travels to San Francisco, Cologne, London and New York with ½ day symposia, opportunities to "meet-up" with peers and mentors, and a chance to view the winning books in the traveling salon. It all kicks off in San Francisco with the awards ceremony on September 19.

For more information on all events and meet-ups, and to RSVP, please visit

“We couldn't be more thrilled with the success of Photography.Book.Now in its first year,” said Eileen Gittins, Blurb’s founder and CEO. “The quality and diversity of the work and the understanding of the book form were truly impressive. I spoke with each winner, and was moved and amazed by the stories behind their books. A huge thank you and congratulations to our amazing judging panel, to all our entrants, and to our generous sponsors. We hope to see you all at our social events this fall.”

About Photography.Book.Now
Be a part of the modern photography book movement. Photography.Book.Now International Salon & Symposium celebrates the most creative, most innovative and finest self-published photography books – and the people behind them. Photography.Book.Now is an international juried book competition, traveling salon and symposium. The Photography.Book.Now International Salon and Symposium is presented by Blurb, the creative publishing platform. Sponsors include American Photo, Canon, Flickr, the International Photography Awards – The Lucies, JPG Magazine, Livebooks, the Maine Media Workshops, MyPhotoPipe, PDN, and SmugMug. For more information visit

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