Photo Book Competition – Photography.Book.Now Announces Prestigious Panel of Jurors for 2009 Photography Book Competition

Hewlett-Packard will award $25,000 Grand Prize, leads distinguished group of sponsors

The Photography.Book.Now International Juried Competition today announced a prestigious panel of jurors for its photography book competition. Lead Judge Darius Himes, co-founder of Radius Books, will chair the panel for the second year. Photography.Book.Now celebrates the finest, most creative, and most innovative self-published photography books — and the people behind them.Himes has hand-picked a group of internationally renowned photographers, photography editors, directors, and gallery curators to select the most creative and innovative photography books in three categories— Fine Art, Editorial, and Commercial — and one $25,000 Grand Prize winner. Juror biographies and full category descriptions are available at

Lead Judge

  • Darius Himes, co-founder, Radius Books


  • 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

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

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 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
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