Archive for July 3, 2008

Publication Competition: PHOTOBOOK NOW Deadline July 14


This new publication competition has a great roster of Judges, and a $25,000 first price. If you are interested in entering, create the book you would love to have produced (using BLURB’s free Booksmart software) and either digitally or in hard copy.

To me, there are two great benefits of entering.

First, it will cause you to think seriously about the book you want, to edit, sequence, think about captions, text, EVERYTHING related to the book you would love to have to showcase your work.

Second, your dream book will be seen by this group of Judges:

Darius Himes, Head Judge, Co-Founder, Radius Books, Santa Fe

Jen Bekman, Jen Bekman Gallery, NYC

Elisabeth Biondi, Visuals Editor, The New Yorker

Frish Brandt, Director and partner, Fraenkel Gallery

Charlotte Cotton, Curator and Head of Department, Photography. Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Stephen Gill, Photographer

Lesley A. Martin, Aperture Books

Alan E. Rapp, Senior editor of art, design and photography books at Chronicle Books

Kathy Ryan, Photography Director, The New York Times Magazine

Brian Ulrich, Photographer

Denise Wolff, Commissioning Editor for Photography, Phaidon Press

There will also be an educational component that lead juror Darius Himes is organizing called The Photography.Book.Now International Salon and Symposium which includes a half-day program of panels and presentations exploring the modern photography book movement. You’ll hear working photographers talk about their books, hear industry practitioners discuss how to curate and design books, and learn how to market a successful book.”

If you have been thinking about a book of your work, now is the time…

Good luck!

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APERTURE PRIZE: Closing Deadline Soon! JULY 7

From the competition website:


The purpose of the Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and specific artists whom we can help by bringing their work to a wider audience. In choosing the first-prize winner and runners-up, we are looking for work that is fresh and that hasn’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.

First prize is $2,500. The first-prize winner and runners-up are featured on Aperture’s website for approximately one year. Winners are also announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches thousands of subscribers in the photography community. To see the work of the winner and runners-up for the 2007 prize, please click here.

The entry period for the 2008 Aperture Portfolio Prize is Thursday, May 1, through Friday, July 11. For specifics on how to enter, see the Guidelines and FAQs pages. Good luck!

Please note: Due to the high volume of requests, it is not possible for Aperture’s editors to review unsolicited material outside of the Portfolio Prize competition. Thank you for your understanding.

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