Valerio Spada Wins 2011 Photography Book Now Grand Prize

© Valerio Spada

Valerio Spada of Milan, Italy has won the $25,000 grand prize in the fourth annual Photography Book Now competition, sponsored by Blurb, for his book  Gomorrah Girl. The book, which explores life in Naples among the Camorrah (the local name for the Mafia), was chosen by a panel of jurors from among more than 2,300 entries. Spada’s book and 12 other winners in several categories will be exhibited starting September 15 at the Aperture Gallery in New York City.

The Photography Book Now contest, now in its fourth year, honors creativity and innovation in self-published photo books.  Gomorrah Girl was not published using the Blurb publishing platform.

“Mr. Spada’s self-published book is a strong embodiment of the complex criteria the judges used: strong photography, important subject matter, vigorous edit and intelligent sequencing, combined with a thoughtful attention to those elements that are specifically book-centric,” says  Darius Himes, lead judge for the competition.

The category winners are:

Fine Art
Rene Nuijens, Yuri Gagarin: 50 Years of Human Space Flight
Documentary
Rafal Milach, In The Car With R
Travel
Thomas Michael Alleman, Sunshine & Noir
Student
Goseong Choi, Umma

The People’s Choice winners are:
Fine Art
Zoltan Vansco, Unintended Light
Documentary
Peter Irmai, Summer Garden (Sommergarten)
Travel
Idan Hojman, Along the River
Student
Ian Waelder, Circus Life

A full list of winners, including runners up and honorable mention selections, can be found at the Photography Book Now site.

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