Best Self-Published Photography Book Announced

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The winners for the Best Self-Published Photography Book were chosen from over 2,400, with submissions from 50 countries in the competition’s second year.

Rafal Milach, a professional photographer from Warsaw, Poland, was awarded the $25,000 Grand Prize, sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, in the second annual Photography Book. Mr Milach’s work was chosen as one of the most creative, most innovative and finest self-published photography books entered into the competition by an esteemed panel of judges.

Mr. Milach focused his body of work on contemporary Ukraine whilst shooting with 8 other photographers from the Sputnik Photos collective. Commissioned by the Belgian-based NGO Altemus, Mr. Milach focused on the Black Sea coastline during the bitter winter of 2008.

Mr. Milach said: "I’m thrilled this body of work was noticed and recognized for this prestigious award.This was my third project with Ms. Nalecka, who worked on the concept and layout after I provided her with a full edit. I'm always glad to work with someone whose eye I trust, because I get too attached to the image."

The winners for 2009 were:

Grand Prize: Rafal Milach, Black Sea of Concrete

Category Winner, Fine Art: Joshua Deaner, I Sell Fish

Category Winner, Editorial: Kurt Tong, People’s Park

Category Winner, Commercial: Dennis Kleiman, Volume One

First Runner-up, Fine Art: Susan Worsham, Some Fox Trails in Virginia

First Runner-up, Editorial: Andrea Stultiens, Pose

First Runner-up, Commercial: Michael Creagh, Editorial Stories

Second Runner-up, Fine Art: Hermann Zschiegner, +walker evans +sherrie levine

Second Runner-up, Editorial: Kurt Tong, In Case it Rains in Heaven

Second Runner-up, Commercial: Sara Lando, Portfolio

People’s Choice, Fine Art: Lewis Kemper, Capturing the Light

People’s Choice, Editorial: Duwayno Robertson, F Ampersand

People’s Choice, Commercial: Jason Joseph Cappozalo, Jason Joseph Photography

Lead judge of Photography.Book.Now, Darius Himes said “Rafal Milach's ‘Black Sea of Concrete’ stood apart as this year’s Grand Prize winner. His work is a wonderful embodiment of the judges’ criteria: strong photography, important subject matter, vigorous edit and intelligent sequencing, combined with a thoughtful attention to those elements that are specifically book-centric, including type treatment, page-layout and cover design. By enlisting the assistance of a designer and an editor, Mr. Milach exhibited care and attention to the book as a whole; it was truly teamwork that led to a better end result.”

The second annual Photography.Book.Now International Juried Competition is put on by Blurb®, the creative publishing platform www.Blurb.co.uk that allows anyone to design, publish, market, and sell professional-quality books.

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