The book competition this year is for physical books, but we are also looking for a pdf file submission so that members will be able to view your book. As always, a jpeg ofthe book front cover needs to be submitted to the competition on the BCC web site.

Submissions open January 4th. Members may submit up to TWO books.

Books can be mailed or dropped off.They must be received by January 23rd, 2021.

There are numerous ways to create a PDF of your book. Lightroom will output your book as two PDFs – one is the front and back cover, the other is the body of the book.Submitting those two files is fine.BookWright which is free book creation software from Blurb will output a preview PDF.If you make a book with Blurb, you will also be able to purchase a low cost e-book which comes as a PDF file.You can also use Photoshop – see:https://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/how-to-create-a-multi-page-pdf-in-photoshop/

Other book printing services and software may also provide PDF output and or e-book delivery. If you cannot find a way to create a PDF you will not be penalized, the judge will be able to show on camera the physical book in the meeting for critique.If there is a pdf he will also be able to screen share it.

Once you create your PDF, the file size needs to be less than 50 MB.If your file is larger than 50MB there are several free software options including this from adobe to compress the file with minimal loss of quality. See:https://www.adobe.com/acrobat/online/compress-pdf.html

There are other free services to compress a PDF.

Use theGoogle Form at link below to upload your PDF file.It should be named with the book title and your name for example:MyBookTitle-TomHill.pdfIf you have one PDF file for the cover and one for the book body, post them both (use the word "cover" in file name for the cover PDF).

To submit the PDFs click here.

Other book requirementsThe cover must include the book title and maker’s name.The book must be limited to 60 pages (that’s 30 sheets where each side is a page).

Drop off / Mail In info:

Books can be mailed or dropped off the front porch at

Tom Hill

126 Eastbourne Road

Newton, MA02459

If you have any questions about this please contact Anna or Tom.


Photo Book Competition is open to any subject matter.

Books canbe photos only or with text that tells a story. There are no restrictions on using winning images from regular BCC competitions, andthere are now no size restrictions, any size book will be considered! Books may be hard or soft bound andlimited 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?
• Normalphoto 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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