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Photography.Book.Now International Competition Seeks Self-Published Photography Book Entries for Contest

SAN FRANCISCO , March 2 -- 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 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

"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 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

About Blurb

Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the power of books: making, reading, sharing, and selling them. Blurb is flexible and smart enough to help anyone make a book - photographers, creative professionals, bloggers, artists, writers, travelers, everyone. Blurb's bookstore and online marketing tools let people share, market, and sell their books, and keep 100% of the markup. Blurb's community features empower socially connected groups of consumers and professionals to create Blurb books together.

Blurb won a 2008 Webby Award for Best Services website, has been recognized as an OnMedia 100 winner by AlwaysOn in 2008, was named a Momentum 15 company by Dealmaker Media in 2007, and was the 2007 Pixel Awards Geek Winner. Blurb was founded by Eileen Gittins in 2005 and is funded by Canaan Partners and Anthem Venture Partners. Blurb BookSmart(TM) software is free for Mac or PC at