Photography Book Now Enters Final Month for Submissions

Enter your photography book before July 15, 2010 for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize

San Francisco, Calif.
June 29, 2010

Photography Book Now, the international juried competition that recognizes the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books, is issuing a final call for entries before the submission deadline on July 15, 2010. Now in its third year, Photography Book Now celebrates the very best in self-published photography books and the photographers behind them.

With only a couple of weeks left to enter the competition, photographers are invited to submit their entries up to 11:59pm Pacific on July 15, 2010, at http://www.photographybooknow.com.

Prizes will be awarded to the most creative and innovative photography books in three categories – Fine Art, Editorial, and Portfolio. There is an exciting line-up of prizes for those interested in entering the competition, including the $25,000 grand prize. The grand prize and first-prize winners will also receive a private portfolio review with members of the judging panel in the category in which they submitted.

In addition, the finalists’ books in each category will become part of the permanent collections at the International Center for Photography, the Annenberg Space for Photography and the George Eastman House.

Photography Book Now is presented by Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books. Sponsors include Hewlett Packard, Sony Electronics, Lensbaby, CENTER, Wacom, B&H Photo, Digital Photo Pro Magazine, X-Rite, Induro, Tenba and Maine Media Workshops, New Page Corp., American PHOTO, Photo District News and British Journal of Photography.

More than 2,000 photography books from over 50 countries were submitted to the 2009 Photography Book Now competition. Rafal Milach, a professional photographer from Warsaw, Poland, was awarded the $25,000 grand prize for his project, "Black Sea of Concrete," a book-length presentation of shots of the Ukraine during winter, capturing the raw landscape and examining the lasting impact of Soviet control on the Ukraine.

An important aspect of Photography Book Now is bringing together the photography community. Later in the year, there will be an awards celebration in New York followed by meet-ups in Los Angeles, Seattle, London, Berlin, Paris, Toronto and Rome where attendees will celebrate outstanding books and have a chance to meet some of the most influential figures in the field.

Photography books that have already been submitted to the 2010 competition are available to browse and to buy in the Photography Book Now Bookstore at www.blurb.com/bookstore/pbn.

About Photography Book Now

Photography Book Now is an international juried self-published book competition, and a celebration of the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books – and the people behind them. Now in its third 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 7:59am on the 16th July, 2010. For more information, visitwww.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 books with first class production values. 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 indie publishing platform offers the ability to design, publish, share, market, distribute, and sell both digital and print books. Further, Blurb puts independent publishers 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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