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The international dummy competition for the best unpublished photobook mock-up of the year.

The KASSEL DUMMY AWARD is the dummy competition for the best unpublished photobook mock-up of the year. Together with our cooperation partners, we invite all photographers worldwide to take part. 50 books will be selected for the shortlist and exhibited at international photo events. The shortlist jury (see below) will be held at The PhotoBookMuseum in Cologne on 2 October. 3 winners will be chosen by an international jury. The winner of the First Prize will be produced and published.

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The registration period goes to 30 September 2021. All registered books have to be send to Kassel until 30. September (arriving).

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We are pleased to introduce this year’s shortlist jury.

Natasha Christia  | Curator, Writer and Educator, Barcelona
Natasha Christia is an unaffiliated curator, writer and educator based in Barcelona. She was the artistic director of the fourth edition of DocField Documentary Photography Festival 2016. She has curated various exhibitions and regularly contributes essays on photography criticism for international publications and for artists. In 2019, she edited with Lukas Birk (Fraglich Publishing) on Gülistan (winner of the PHotoEspaña Best Photobook Award 2019, International Category).

Thekla Ehling  |  Photographer, Founding Member of The PhotoBookMuseum, Cologne
Thekla Ehling is a trained bookbinder and studied photography in Germany and Ireland. Her photo books ‘Sommerherz’ and ‘Vergizsmeinnicht’ have been published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg. She works for magazines nationally and internationally and is represented by Galerie Robert Morat , and Galerie Clair by Kahn. In 2014, she co-founded The PhotoBookMuseum in Cologne. Since 2017 she has been a lecturer, on the subject of photo books, at the universities in Hannover and Dortmund.

João Linneu  | Co-Founder of VOID Publishing House, Reykjavík
Brazilian born, based in Reykjavík, João Linneu (1978) is the co-founder of Void, an independent publishing house focused on photography books, established in 2016. Graduated in Communication, he worked for more than 20 years as Art Director, Head of Art and Creative Director in several advertising agencies in São Paulo and London. He was awarded prestigious advertising and design awards such as the D&AD, Cannes Lions, One Show, and Clio.

Frederic Lezmi  |  Photographer and Editor, The PhotoBookMuseum, Cologne
Frederic Lezmi (*1978) is a photographer, editor and book-designer. He studied visual communication at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and fine arts at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in Beirut, Lebanon. From 2012 to 2015 he lived in Istanbul. Lezmi regularly gives photobook workshops in Germany and abroad (Arles, Istanbul, Ankara, Dhaka) and is a lecturer for photography and book design. He is a founding member and chief curator of the PhotoBookMuseum in Cologne.

Ufuk Sahin  |  Printer and Publisher, MASMAT, Istanbul
Ufuk Şahin studied photography at Hofstra University, NY. Since 2007, he has been part of the core team at MAS as the second-generation manager and partner. In 2010, he founded MASA, a publishing house specializing in facsimiles, photobooks and art-books; which has since published more than 30 books. He is a jury member in the Kassel Photobook Festival Dummy Competition. He is also a photography enthusiast and an avid photobook collector.


Exhibitions planned so far:
(Details to be announced soon)

The PhotoBookMuseum
Cologne, Germany
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Organ Vida International Photography Festival
Zagreb, Croatia
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Photobook Week Aarhus
Aarhus, Denmark

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Fotograf Festival
Prague, Czech Republic
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NOKS Art Space
Istanbul Photobook Festival

Istanbul, Turkey
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Dublin, Ireland

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Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops
Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Singapore International Photography Festival
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Fotopia Collective Festival
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Officine Fotografiche Roma
Rome, Italy
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RAW Phototriennale
Worpswede, Germany
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