Last Week to Get a Shot at Blurb's $25,000 Grand Prize!

Posted by Justin Case — 6 Jul 2011

Blurb's annual Photography Book Now competition is entering it's last week, with submissions closing on Thursday, July 14. The competition is in it's fourth year with entries accepted in three professional categories-- Fine Art, Documentary and Travel and for the first time, the competition will celebrate up-and-coming talent with a Student category. This year, entries will be judged by industry giants including lead judge, Darius Himes, Larissa Leclair, Chris Boot, Matt Eich, Steve McCurry and Laura Brunow Miner. The grand prize winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize and four category winners will each receive $5,000!

We love to see JPG's own former all-star editor, Laura Brunow Miner in the judge's lineup for this great competition. Laura is joined by an amazing panel, including:

• Markus Schaden, Publisher and Curator
• Larissa Leclair, Founder, Indie Photobook Library
• John Levy, Founder and Director, FOTO8
• Chris Boot, Executive Director, Aperture Foundation
• Matt Eich, Photographer, LUCEO
• Steven McCurry, Photographer, Magnum
• Whitney Lawson, Photo Editor, Travel + Leisure
• Larry Fink, Photographer
• Henry Horenstein, Educator and Photographer

"Photography Book Now offers photographers from all backgrounds and from around the world an incredible opportunity to showcase their best work in book form," said Darius Himes, lead judge of Photography Book Now. "We are thrilled to have assembled such a prestigious group of photography professionals as jurors for this year's competition. Submissions from the competition's first three years have set the bar high, and our jurors are looking forward to seeing even more inspiring work this year."

"Creating a beautifully produced photography book while retaining complete control of the creative process is what every artist craves," said Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO, Blurb. "We also have heard from past winners of Photography Book Now that having their work recognized by such distinguished jurors as well as featured at international photography events around the world has opened new doors for them professionally. We are deeply committed to celebrating the medium of photography books and are proud to present Photography Book Now for its fourth year."

Leading photography and design organizations have joined Photography Book Now as sponsors. Hewlett Packard returns as the sponsor of the $25,000 grand prize. Adobe will be supplying $5,000 to each of the four category winners, and New Page Corp. is the exclusive People's Choice sponsor. Other category prizes will be provided by liveBooks, Lensbaby, Wacom, Nik Software and X-Rite. Additional sponsors include Mohawk Fine Papers, British Journal of Photography, Photo District News, Digital Photo Pro Magazine, CENTER, D-Photo, FOTO8, iStockphoto, Monster Children Magazine, and PHOTONEWS. To view a complete list of sponsors and prize packages, dash on over to the sponsors page.

Get going... you've got only until 3:00pm PDT on July 14, 2011 to get your entries in!

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