User-created book publisher Blurb is taking entries from its customers for its second Photography.Book.Now competition. The grand prize is $25,000 (around £17,500) to finish – or start – a photography project of the winner’s choice. Entries will be accepted in three categories – Fine Art, Editorial, and Commercial. The grand prize and first-prize winners will receive a private portfolio review with members of the judging panel in the category in which they submitted.

Submissions will be accepted until 4pm on July 16 2009 at the Photography.Book.Now website.

Noted photography book expert Darius Himes will serve as lead judge for the second year. In this role, Himes will lead a panel of editors, gallery curators, publishers, and photographers who will jury the Photography.Book.Now competition. The full panel of judges will be announced shortly.

In 2008, more than 2,000 photography books were submitted for consideration to the inaugural Photography.Book.Now competition. Beth Dow, a professional photographer from Minneapolis, MN, was awarded the $25,000 grand prize for her project, In the Garden, a book-length presentation of a portfolio of large platinum-palladium prints that examine tensions of mass, light, and perspective in highly cultivated landscapes.