Pictorial Print Division (PPD) Photo Book Essay Contest

Book Essay Contest

Susan Cowles, FPSA, GMPSA, AFIAP·


» June 1 - Pictorial Print Division: PHOTO BOOK ESSAY CONTEST Entry Deadline

The Print Division is always looking for new ways to get members involved in printing their images. At the PSA Conference in Albuquerque (in 2014) alot of talk was heard about people that publish their own photo books. It was surprising how many PSA members were involved in this activity.

While photo books have been around for years in the Wedding industry, it has been slowly growing in popularity with the scrap-bookers, people documenting their kids growing up and family history.

With the ease of building a book and lowering costs, more people are getting involved with all types of books. Most publishers have made it easy with free layout software.


Conditions of Entry

This contest will be open to any subject matter. Books can be photos only or with text that tells a story.  They can be hardbound or softbound with no restrictions on type of paper.  Size will be limited to 11 X 14 rectangular or square formats.  Pages will be limited to 80 (40 pieces of paper, each side being a page).  Entries must be a printed book, not an electronic copy. 

Each entrant may enter only one book.  Contest is open to PSA members only.  While there is no charge for the competition, each entrant must supply return postage in order to get a book returned. We will do our best to protect the condition of each book entry, but cannot be held responsible for loss or damage.

Model Release May be Requested if winning image is a portrait and PSA wishes to publish it

If there is no Model Release available, the image may win but cannot be published. For those who do not have a Model Release, Sample Model Release Form - doc - interactive pdf - both of these forms can be filled out and saved on a mobile or desktop device. 

Helpful Resources

Judging and Awards

Contest will be judged by three qualified judges.  Any name of the maker on the book will be covered during judging.  Awards will be given for First, Second, and Third place and Judge's Choice awards.  HMs will be awarded up to 10% of total entries.    Winning books will be shown in some fashion at the PSA Conference in West Yellowstone and by entering this competition, you give us the right to do so.

Return Postage for return of book:  $6.00 for USA; $10.00 for Canada and Mexico and $15.00 for all other countries.  You can include US Cash or US Check made out to PSA.

Enter the Contest

Please download, print and send in entry form with your entry.  All entries should be sent to the competition director at the address on the entry form.

» PPD Book Contest Entry Form - pdf (updated February, 2020)