PHOTOGRAPHY.BOOK.NOW ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES IN SELF-PUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK COMPETITION

Second Annual International Juried Competition Offers $25,000 Grand Prize

San Francisco, Calif.
March 02, 2009

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 12:00 pm PDT on July 16, 2009, at http://www.photographybooknow.com. 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. Complete entry guidelines and rules are available at http://www.photographybooknow.com.

“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. In the Fall, 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 during the fall 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.”

For more information and to enter the competition, please visit http://www.photographybooknow.com and submit your photography books by 12:00 pm PDT on July 16, 2009.

About Photography.Book.Now
Photography.Book.Now is an international juried book competition, and a celebration of the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books – and the people behind them. Now in its second year, Photography.Book.Now offers photographers of all stripes the opportunity to showcase their work to a world-renowned panel of judges, and take a shot at a $25,000 grand prize. Submit your book by 12:00 pm PDT on July 16, 2009. For more information, visit www.photographybooknow.com.

About Blurb®

Blurb® was founded on the premise that everyone – not just the talented few – should be able to publish, share, and distribute beautifully realized digital and print books with first class production values. Whether creating books for friends and family, for business colleagues and prospects, or for global audiences who may wish to buy your book, Blurb’s platform is built for you. By creating a business model that enables the company to profit on a unit of one, Blurb has opened up the world of publishing to everyone who has access to a computer and a story to tell.

Blurb’s independent publishing platform offers the ability to design, publish, share, market, distribute, and sell both digital and print books. Further, Blurb puts book creators in full control by providing a comprehensive publishing toolkit: a suite of free book design tools including Blurb BookWright™, an Adobe InDesign® plugin and Adobe Lightroom® integration, a variety of print and distribution options, book format and paper choices, and online selling and social sharing tools.

Launched in 2006 by CEO Eileen Gittins, Blurb now enjoys global scale via more than one million book authors, resulting in nearly three million unique book titles so far.

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