Nordic Dummy Award


Nordic Dummy Award (NDA) is awarded annually by Fotogalleriet, Oslo. 

During NDA's Open Call all artists with a connection to the Nordic countries are invited to submit their photobook dummy by May 31st. A recognized jury selects a shortlist of candidates and a winner. The shortlisted books including the winner are exhibited and announced in winter 2019. The winner book is published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg and launched the year after the Open Call.

The Nordic Dummy Award was initiated in 2012 by Fotogalleriet and The Norwegian Association of Fine Art Photographers. Today it is administrated by Fotogalleriet with support from the Norwegian Photographic Fund. Fotogalleriet have also initiated collaborations with several other Nordic institutions to send the NDA on tour. See more info further down on this page.


JURY 2018

Katrín Elvarsdóttir (IS)

Artist and Co-Director/ Co-Founder of The Icelandic Photography Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland

Annika von Hausswolff (SE)

Artist and Professor in Photography at Akademin Valand, Göteborg, Sweden

Katarina Skjønsberg (NO)

Artist and winner of the NDA 2016, Oslo, Norway (substitute for Klaus Kehrer)

Tuukka Kaila (FI)

Artist and Co-Founder of Rooftop Press, Helsinki, Finland

Jesper Rasmussen (DK)

Artist and former Rector of the Jutland Art Academy, Aarhus, Denmark

Antonio Cataldo (NO)

Artistic Director, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway


Øystein Agerlie (NO), Encyclopedia of Man
Celeste Arnstedt and Petter Wessel (DK / NO), Olivenbjerget Theo Elias (SE), Smoke
August Eriksson (SE), Kaihogyo
Anna Hyvärinen (FI), Lost identity
Ole Nesset (NO), Unburdened Migration
Steffen Kloster Poulsen (DK), 6 not taken // You Deserve Hell Matilde Søes Rasmussen (DK), Uprofessionel
Tina Umer (SI), Danish Mountains





NDA 2017

Jury: Dragana Vujanovic Östlind (SE) Chief Curator at the Hasselblad Foundation Toni Vallasjoki (FI) Photographer and initiatior of Photobooks from Finland Klaus Kehrer (DE) Director, Kehrer verlag, Heidelberg Johan Rosenmunthe (DK) Photographer and publisher at Lodret Vandret Stephanie von Spreter (NO) Director at Fotogalleriet

Nominees: Terje Abusdal (NO) Simon Berg (SE) Damian Heinisch (DE/NO) Karoliina Paatos (FI) Sanne Vils Axelsen (DK)

Winner: Slash & Burn by Terje Abusdal (NO)

NDA 2016

Jury: JH Engström (SE) Photographer Eva Eicker (GB) Assistant curator, The Photographers´Gallery London Klaus Kehrer (DE) Director, Kehrer verlag, Heidelberg Kristine Kern (DK) Director, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen Marie Sjøvold (NO) photographer

Nominees: Terje Abusdal (NO) Magnus Cederlund (DK) Anna C.J Ekström (SE) Christian Nilson (SE/CH) Alexander Arnild Peitersen (DK) Amar Priganica (DE) Katarina Skjønsberg (NO) Marcus Stenberg (SE) Jo Straube (NO) Nita Vera (FI)

Winner: Be Good to Yourself by Katarina Skjønsberg (NO)

NDA 2015

Jury: Tony Cederteg (SE) Photographer and Creative Director of Libraryman, Stockholm / Paris
Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (FI) Chief curator at Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki Mette Sandbye (DK) Head of Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen Marie Sjøvold (NO) Photographer

Nominees: Gard Aukrust (NO) Nadja Bournonville (SE) Tine Bek (DK) Helga Härenstam (SE) Anni Hanen (FI) Jóhannes Kjartansson (IS/NO) Karina-Sirkku Kurz (FI/DE) Anni Leppäla (FI) Anna Niskanen (FI) Kaisa Rautaheimo (FI) Johan Willner (SE)

Winner: Ungleichgewicht by Karina-Sirkku Kurz (FI/DE)

NDA 2014

Jury: Morten Andersen (NO) Visual artist/photographer Anna Eriksson (SE) Art & Theory Publications, Stockholm Henrik Haugan (NO) Designer at Snøhetta Dieter Neubert (GE) Director, Fotobookfestival Kassel Heli Rekula (FI) Visual artist and Professor in photography at Bergen Academy of Art and Design

Nominees: Terje Abusdal (NO) Andrew Amorim (NO) Frank Biringer (NO) Corinne Ericsson (SE) Preben Holst (DK) Jonna Kina (FI) Felix von der Osten (DE) Jorunn Rike (NO) Kari Soinio (FI) Iikka Antero Tolonen (FI)

Winner: Härkälä by Iikka Tolonen (FI)

NDA 2013

Jury: Beate Cegielska (DK) Director at Gallery Image, Copenhagen Thor Arvid Dyrerud (NO) Editor, Press Forlag Henrik Haugan (NO) Graphic designer at Form etc. Tomas Ek (SE) Elanders Fälth & Hässler Heli Rekula (NO) Visual artist and professor in photography at Bergen Academy of Art and Design Nina Strand (NO) Visual artist and editor at Objektiv

Nominees: Jacob Buchard (DK) Heikki Kaski (FI) Therése Jennie Olson (SE) Erik Östensson (SE) Maija Savolainen (FI) Fatou Madeleine Åsbakk (NO)

Winner: When the Sense of Belonging is Bound to a System of Movement by Maija Annikki Savolainen (FI)

NDA 2012

Jury: Dag Alveng (NO) Visual artist Heidi Bale Amundsen (NO) Art critic and Phd. candidate at University of Oslo Thor Arvid Dyrerud (NO) Editor at Press Forlag Tomas Ek (SE) Elanders Fälth & Hässler Henrik Haugan (NO) Graphic designer at Form etc. Anna Tellgren (SE) Curator at Moderna Museet Stockholm

Nominees: Kaja Bruskeland (NO) Jacob Johannes Buchard (DK) Christina Leite Hansen (NO) Jan Inge Janbu (NO) Sveinn Fannar Jóhannsson (NO) Joakim Kocjancic (SE) Magne Lyngvær (NO) Kalle Sanner (SE) Sara Skorgan Teigen (NO) Simen Øvergaard (NO)

Winner: Notes by Christina Leithe Hansen

WINNER 2017: Terje Abusdal (NO)

Slash & Burn, Terje Abusdal

Slash & Burn, Terje Abusdal





"The jury selects Terje Abusdal’s dummy Slash & Burn as the winner of the Nordic Dummy Award 2017. The project takes an open and vigilant approach towards different photographic genres by rhythmically juxtaposing documentary, archival and staged photography. 

With this approach, the reader’s curiosity is nurtured and drawn into the little known story of a Finnish minority group that originally settled along the Swedish-Norwegian border in the 1600s. The title of the book, Slash & Burn, refers to the technique the so-called Forest Finns used to cultivate land, slashing and burning trees to grow their crops, and leaving a place once the land had been exhausted.

Taking the position of a storyteller, Abusdal carefully examines a theme with a Nordic dimension, highlighting parts of history that hitherto have been overlooked. The distinctive graphic design matches the quality of the content, suggesting that long-term research stands behind the process of making this dummy. The jury therefore concludes that the overall quality of the project makes for a promising book, that should be known to a larger audience.”





Read before submitting your dummy




Nordic Dummy Award is opening a call for submissions for its 2018 edition.




The author must have a connection to the Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Åland Islands). This is the case if the artist is based in one of these countries, has stayed in one of these countries for a considerable amount of time (studies, residency) and/or possesses citizenship of one of those countries. Books are also eligible if their content has a connection to the Nordic countries.
Books that do not apply to these rules will not be considered.

The applicant must register by filling out the online application form available on this site under the button SUBMIT YOUR DUMMY by the deadline: 31 May 2018. In this form the applicant must give a short statement of the authors Nordic connection together with a description of the project, and upload a CV in PDF format.

The applicant must pay the submission fee of 300 NOK that can also be used for the return of the physical dummy. The payment follows in the end of the online registration, which will not be processed before the fee is transferred.



Shortlisted dummies including the winner will be sent on tour to the following institutions: Landskrona Foto Festival (SE); Fotobok Gbg, Göteborg (SE); Photobookweek Aarhus/ Galleri Image, Aarhus (DK); Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (FI); Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu (FI); Centrum För Fotografi, Stockholm (SE); Tromsø Kunstforening (NO); Galleri Format, Malmö (SE); Fotografisk Center, København (DK); Reykjavik Museum of Photography (IS); Kristiansand Kunsthall (NO) and Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (NO).

The winner book will be published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg. Fotogalleriet commits to provide an amount of 50.000 NOK for the production of the book. Fotogalleriet oversees the Nordic Dummy Award book production and provides production support. Included in this amount should be considered the costs listed in Kehrer Verlag’s production quote, including taxes. This entails also possible import taxes. Additional funding might be required, relating to the parameters of the winner book, to which Fotogalleriet provides support to apply for.



The applicant should be aware that the submitted photobook dummy could act as an exhibition copy and that the dummy can show normal signs of depreciation at the end of the tour. It is also preferable if the applicant could to provide an extra copy of the dummy for the tour. Fotogalleriet’s insurance covers the costs for the replacement of a dummy in case of theft or severe damage but not for natural wear and tear during the exhibition period.


The physical dummy must be sent to Fotogalleriet and be in our hands in Oslo by the deadline, 31 May 2018 for the jury to review. Please also include a copy of the project description and a CV and mark the parcel Nordic Dummy Award.


Nordic Dummy Award 2018 c/o Fotogalleriet
Møllergata 34, N-0179 Oslo


Nordic Dummy Award 2018 on Tour

The winner of the Nordic Dummy Award will be announced at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography (IS) in March 2019. The winning dummy will then be published by Kehrer Verlag in summer 2019.

Shortlisted dummies including the winner will be sent on tour to the following institutions:

15. – 23.09.2018
Landskrona Foto Festival (SE)

28. & 29.09.2018
Fotobok Gbg 18, Göteborg (SE)

04.10. – 07.10.2018
Photobookweek Aarhus/ Galleri Image, Aarhus (DK)

15.10. – 28.10.2018
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (FI)

05. – 18.11.2018
Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu (FI)

26.11. – 16.12.2018
Centrum För Fotografi, Stockholm (SE)

18. – 20.01.2019
Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø (NO)

28.01. – 10.02.2019
Galleri Format, Malmö (SE)

19.02. – 03.03.2019
Fotografisk Center, København (DK)

16. – 26.03.2019
Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Reykjavik (IS) → WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

08. – 21.04.2019
Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand (NO)

29.04. – 12.05.2019
Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (NO)


From November 1st 2018 to December 13th 2018, a second copy of the shortlisted dummies and the winning book can be seen at Fotogalleriet, Oslo (NO).



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