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Due to a postponement of the jury meeting, we have extended the submission deadline until February 20. All registered books must now arrive in Cologne by February 20 latest.

The Kassel Dummy Award is the international competition for the best unpublished photobook dummy of the year.
In cooperation with The PhotoBookMuseum Cologne and MAS Matbaa, Istanbul, we invite all photographers worldwide to take part. From all entries, 50 books will be selected for a shortlist to be exhibited at international photography events (see list below). 5 winning books will be selected from the shortlist. One of these books will receive the PBM/MAS Prize. The book that wins the PBM/MAS Prize will be produced and published by the leading Turkish photobook printing and binding house MAS Matbaa in cooperation with the Kasseler Fotografie Festival and The PhotoBookMuseum. The costs for this will be covered 100%. The other 4 winning books will be receive an production grant of 25% for printing their books at MAS Matbaa.

THE SHORTLIST JURY

We are pleased to announce our this years shortlist jury:

Anastasiia Leonova
is a publisher, art manager and curator, co-founder of IST Publishing house based in Ukraine. From 2014 to 2020 she ran a small independent art gallery of contemporary art in Kharkiv. With a background in sociology and art history she has a focus on photography and photobooks. Leonova is the curator of the BOOK CHAMPIONS WEEKEND festival and coordinator of the Eastern region of the UPHA (Ukrainian Photography Alternative). More Info.

Ângela Ferreira
aka Ângela Berlinde is an artist, photography curator and lecturer in various faculties in Portugal and Brasil. She was co-founder and artistic director of the Portuguese Photofestival Encontros da Imagem in Braga and very recently curated Solar FotoFestival in Fortaleza, Brasil.
She is co-founder of the Portuguese Photobooks Observatory, an online ptafform dedicated to the study of Portuguese books. More Info.

Nicolas Polli
is a photographer, graphic designer and the publisher of CIAO Press. After he founded Yet Magazine together with Salvatore Vitale he has started his own graphic design studio Atelier CIAO. Polli lives in Bienne, Switzerland where he is designing books for various photographers, publishers and festivals and has made himself a name as amateur pizzaiolo. More Info.

Ufuk Şahin
studied photography at Hofstra University, NY. Since 2007, he has been part of the core team at MAS printing house 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 40 books. He is a photography enthusiast and an avid photobook collector. More Info.

Frederic Lezmi
is a photographer, designer and photobook curator. He is artistic director of The PhotoBookMuseum in Cologne, wich he co-founded together with Markus Schaden in 2014. Lezmi teaches photobook design at various universities and faculties in Germany (FH Dortmund, FH Hannover and DHBW Ravensburg). More Info.

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Planned exhibition venues for the Dummy Award 2023 shortlist books:
(in alphabetical order):

Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Format Festival, Derby, England
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Fotofestiwal, Łódź, Poland
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Grisart, Barcelona, Spain
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Internationale Photoszene Köln – Festival, Cologne, Germany
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Jakarta International Photofestival (JIPFest), Jakarta, Indonesia
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Lumenvisum, Hong Kong
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NOKS Art Space Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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Officine Fotografiche, Rome, Italy
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Offset Projects, New Delhi, India
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Organ Vida, Zagreb, Croatia
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Photobook Week Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark
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PhotoIreland, Dublin, Ireland
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Reminders Project & Reminders Photography Stronghold, Tokyo, Japan
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Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), Singapore
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space for visual culture and artistic thinking, Ankara, Turkey
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ZOETROPE, Athens, Greece
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