If you are among the many photographers who have recently self-published a book of your work, take note: A new competition wants to see it. Called the Photography.Book.Now International Salon and Symposium, this contest celebrates and surveys self-published photo books, with a grand prize of $25,000 going toward the completion — or the beginning — of a new photo project of the winner’s choice.
Entries will be accepted in two categories: General — pretty much open to any self-published photography volume — and Themed, which includes work that “demonstrates how photography can create a narrative in book form,” according to the contest announcement, released today. (Above is a spread from a themed book on portraits.) Entry deadline is July 14. For entry details and guidelines, visit photographybooknow.com.
With a jury panel led by photographer and author Darius Himes, the contest will judge the entries based on creativity, innovation, and image quality. Along with an awards ceremony set for September 12 in San Francisco, related events include a traveling salon and symposium, detailed on the Website.
“To affordably make a book of one’s own photography, with complete creative control, is a liberating, exciting, highly personal, and satisfying experience,” says Eileen Gittins, CEO of Blurb, one of the contest sponsors (others include Livebooks, Flickr, SmugMug, and American Photo). She adds that the contest is for “photographers making the books they’ve always wanted to make — with a real chance to gain worldwide recognition and win a tremendous prize.” — Jack Crager