Call for Entries // $25k Prize - Photography.Book.Now 2009

Brooklyn Art Project is a proud to be a sponsor of Photography.Book.Now, a celebration of the most creative, most innovative, and finest photography books – and the people behind them.

Now in its second year, this international juried book competition is an opportunity for photographers of all stripes to showcase their work to a world-renowned panel of judges, and take a shot at a $25K grand prize. The deadline for submission is July 16th, 2009, get more info and register at:

The international jury includes an impressive list of judges from the NY Times, Rolling Stone and Rizzoli, among others, complete list below. That said, this is definitely a competition we're recommend to emerging photographers. The entry fee is $35 and well worth it given the stature of the competition.


* Vice Aletti, Photography critic
* Anthony Bannon, Director, George Eastman House
* Dana Faconti, Blind Spot
* Karen Hangsen, Rizzoli
* William Hunt, Hasted Hunt Gallery
* Jodi Peckman, Rolling Stone
* Platon, Photographer
* Kira Pollack, NY Times Magazine

Photography books have become a natural extension to the photographic process, and are shaping the future of photography as we know it. Long gone are the days where only professional and internationally renowned photographers could publish their work. Photography.Book.Now salutes the innovators of this newly accessible medium, and the great work created as a result.


Fine Art
The field of contemporary art is the arena to which many photographers now aspire. Whether your working methods are conceptual or stylistic, your aesthetic deadpan or modernist, or your artistic practice rooted in the world or performance, this is your chance to showcase your best photography in book form.

Photography can create compelling narratives, especially in book form. Whether it's a long-term project, a photo-documentary, or a series of editorial spreads, this category celebrates the photography book as an experience that is more than just the sum of its parts.

Superb commercial photography—which can include fashion, corporate, and advertising work—goes beyond just a great product shot. The commercial photographer understands the importance of distinctive visual aesthetics and arresting branding. From fashion to advertising photography, we invite you to showcase your most compelling commercial work in book form.

Important Dates:

- July 16 – Competition ends, 12pm PDT
- July – August – Judging takes place
- September – Winners announced
- September – October – BAP Meet-up here in Brooklyn! Dates and times TBA.

“To have one’s work reviewed by this prestigious group of photography professionals is an honor and a privilege for any photographer,” Himes said. “We’re very pleased to have this level of commitment and support from such a distinguished group. Last year’s submissions set the bar high, and our jurors are looking forward to seeing even more amazing work this year.”

Photography.Book.Now also announced its lineup of sponsors, led by Grand Prize sponsor Hewlett-Packard. Other sponsors include American Photo, Brooklyn Art Project, British Journal of Photography, CENTER, Maine Media Workshops, NewPage, and Virgin America. Photography.Book.Now has enlisted several supporters in the photography community. The complete list is available at

Hundreds of photography books have already been submitted to the 2009 competition, and are available to browse and to buy in the Photography.Book.Now Bookstore at

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(R), the creative publishing and marketing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books.

Competition Structure

Three categories for book submissions:

* Fine Art
* Editorial
* Commercial


Single $25,000 Grand Prize winner
Plus Winner, 1st Runner Up, and 2nd Runner Up in each category
Single People’s Choice Award
Several Honorable Mentions

Submissions will be judged by a panel of celebrated photo editors, publishers, curators, and renowned industry names.

Awards Celebration and BAP meet-ups

An important part of Photography.Book.Now is bringing together the photographic community. There will be an awards celebration and meet-up in New York this Fall, where attendees will celebrate outstanding books together over food and drinks, and meet with some of best in the business. Photography.Book.Now will host similar events during the fall in San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Paris.

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