Photo Book Competition is open to any subject matter.

Books can be photos only or with text that tells a story. There are no restrictions on using winning images from regular BCC competitions, and there are now no size restrictions, any size book will be considered! Books may be hard or soft bound and limited to 60 pages, 30 pieces of paper with each side considered a page. There is no rule on type of paper, glossy, matte or luster. Any book received that does not meet these rules will be disqualified.

Please submit your book front cover when you have it (1 image). This image is supposed to include text and look like an actual cover. Taking a screenshot of your cover then crop it if needed would work fine.

For more information, see Ilya Schiller 2016 presentation: Body of Work. Please keep in mind that while the vast majority of information there is timeless (sort of) some specifics might be outdated, most notably there is no book size restrictions anymore and the list of available printing options may have changed since then.

Guidelines for the BCC Photo Book Contest (lightly edited PSA suggestions):       

While some of the guidelines below might be actual considerations of our judge,

there may be other considerations as well. We are not submitting books to PSA though.
• Does the cover draw you into the book wanting to see more?
• Does the cover represent what the book is about?
• Does text on the cover fit with the image?
• Normal photo competition considerations for images used in the book.
• Do the images and/or text flow from page to page in a pleasing sequence?
• Does the book have a theme or story that is carried through the book?
• Does the text add to the book?
• Is the font used pleasing and go with the subject matter?
• Are there any typographical errors?
• Is the placement of text and images pleasing in the layout?
• Is the subject or topic well covered in the book?
• Is the layout pleasing? Is placement of text and images pleasing?
• Do captions make sense and add to the book?

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