Kassel Photobook Dummy Award 2018

3 winners will be chosen by an international jury.


One attraction of the FOTOBOOKFESTIVAL KASSEL is the dummy competition for the best unpublished photobook mock-up. Together with our cooperation partner Verlag Kettler, the festival invites all photographers worldwide to take part.

For the first time, the FOTOBOOKFESTIVAL KASSEL will offer dummy book REVIEWS to all DUMMY AWARD participants. During this REVIEWS, the participants will have the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons and the feasibility of their future photobook with jury members. They can apply for the REVIEWS by mentioning this on the DUMMY AWARD registration form. Besides the book selections for the DUMMY AWARD shortlist, the shortlist jury will select photographers/authors for the DUMMY REVIEWS. They will be contacted by the festival team in April 2018 to book two 30-minute reviews with 2 jury members. To take part in the REVIEWS, they have to be in Kassel on 31 May 2018 (Festival opening day) and pay a € 60.00 fee.


50 books will be selected for the shortlist and exhibited in Kassel and at other international photo events. 3 winners will be chosen by an international jury. The winner of the First Prize will be produced and published by Kettler, Germany. Second and Third Prize is a book production voucher given by our partner k-books, who specializes in high-quality book productions in small quantities.


Any photographer from around the world who accepts the following conditions can participate by registering for the competition and submitting an unpublished work as a physical book. All books published digitally or by self-publishing in small print-runs or through a photobook-publishing platform like blurb can be submitted.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The entrant declares that he/she is the owner of all copyright, usage-, application and other protection rights, or if he/she is not the owner of these rights – that he/she has the permission of the owners of these rights and is able to use them without a time or spatial limit and is able to transfer them. Given that this is provided for, the entrant transfers to the Kasseler Fotografie Festival gUG (haftungsbeschränkt) the right to selective publication in the media. Furthermore, permission is granted to publish and duplicate all submitted works during, and in the name of the Fotobookfestival Kassel through the Kasseler Fotografie Festival gUG (haftungsbeschränkt). An obligation to remunerate does not apply. The entrant also ensures that foreign rights, especially foreign copyright and similar regulations of the initiator, the entrant or any third parties, will not stand in the way of the above-mentioned transfer of rights. The entrant releases the Kasseler Fotografie Festival gUG (haftungsbeschränkt) from all possible claims on any legal grounds. Copyright and the above-mentioned usages of the photobook designs apart from the Kasseler Fotografie Festival gUG (haftungsbeschränkt) remain with the entrants and the authors.


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