How I Created This Volume 3 Final Cover Low

The Front and back covers for How I Created This—Vol 3


Have you ever entered an online photography competition? It is an expensive undertaking and the chances of actually winning an award or prize are quite slim… and where do all those entry fees go? Half the time you never even hear about the results of the competition. At the end of the day, what do you get out of this experience, perhaps a "shout out" on social media… nothing more… big deal!

As we head into the 7th month of this pandemic, I am still looking for creative solutions to stay busy and to provide photographic stimulation for my photo family. How I Created This Vol 1 & Vol 2 each came out really well. We had submissions from 31 photographers in each—a few that submitted to Volume 1 also asked if they could send in to Volume 2, which of course they could. 

This book is still going to be all about you. Everyone is a winner here! If you have never had work appear in print before, now you are going to be published. For a modest fee, you will send me a minimum of 2 files (and up to 4), of your best images ever, and I mean your best, knock-your-socks-off photographs. After the upload deadline (27 September, 2020), these images will be curated into a book called How I Created This—Volume 3.

Once the book is completed you will each receive a copy at no extra expense (except for the shipping). So how about that?

Sample Spreads From How I Created This Vol 2












You may upload a minimum of 2 images via the link below once you have paid the Image Submission Fee (you may also add a further two more images, it is up to you). Before uploading your images, please add your initials in front of the file name ie, JW_myfile.JPG.

Your fee buys you a whole page per image submitted. If you would like the image to be printed over a double spread, please indicate that when you send in your image (the double spread will count as 2 images).

The images should be saved as high resolution JPG files (saved at image quality 12) with the AdobeRGB1998 color profile applied, and with the long side dimension of at least 4800pixels.

IMPORTANT: Please include the RAW files for the corresponding images. These will be used to correct any potential color issues should they arise. 

  • Please check your images for sharpness, focus and camera shake. If they are not sharp they will be rejected and I will request an alternate.
  • Please do not submit HDR images unless they do not look 100% natural.

Each image should be labelled with the following information in mind: think the 5 "Ws"—"When", "Where", "What", "Who", and "Why". I will be grabbing the camera info and exposure settings from the metadata so you do not need to worry about that.

Please provide a brief description (30-50 words tends to be the best) of how you created your images, list any special circumstances or photographic techniques, and share any anecdotal thoughts that came to mind when you took the shot. The way the book is designed, the copy integrates with the image so the more copy you write, the smaller the image may be. Some people wrote whole stories (which I also encourage) and I would devote copy to a whole page (see the spread examples above).

Also, if you are working on a project and would like a bit more coverage, I will take up to 9 images per page (which will count as 1 image) as long as they relate to each other in the project (see Gary's, and France's spreads above).


I will be producing a 12"x12" square format book so the images are going to look gorgeous. We will print 4-colour throughout on a 100# coated matte stock. The cover will be a 12pt coated matt stock with a UV varnish finish.

The book will be perfect bound. Depending on the response to the project, I hope that the book will have a minimum of 100 pages.

How I Created This—Volume 1 received submissions from 31 photographers and ended up being 136 pages in length, and How I Created This—Volume 2 also received images from 31 photographers and topped out at 142 pages.


If each of you shares this link with 5 of your photo friends we will produce something quite extraordinary—remember, I am only looking for your best work, images that you are proud of, images that are in your lifetime top 10. They can be of anything; landscapes, wildlife, culture, urban, color, black and white, infra red, you name it. Let us work together to produce an amazing keepsake.

If you live outside the US you may also participate but realize that the shipping fees are quite heavy (including Canada).


the choice for the Cover image will be decided by you. I will come up with a selection of images that I think will work. I will also put them up on social media and let the public chime in.

All images should be in by midnight on September 27, 2020

There is a minimum quantity of 2 images ($40). A 3rd ($15) and 4th ($10) may be added… your choice!
Additional books will be available (the price will be dependent on the page count).
Shipping is extra.

Please load your RAW & JPG files below. Please add your initials in front of the file name ie, JW_myfile.RAW

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