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:
Rene Nuijens, Yuri Gagarin: 50 Years of Human Space Flight
Rafal Milach, In The Car With R
Thomas Michael Alleman, Sunshine & Noir
Goseong Choi, Umma
The People’s Choice winners are:
Zoltan Vansco, Unintended Light
Peter Irmai, Summer Garden (Sommergarten)
Idan Hojman, Along the River
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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