Nordic Dummy Award

OPEN CALL: 15th April to 15th June 2016



Nordic Dummy Award (NDA) is awarded annually by Fotogalleriet, Oslo in connection with Fotobokfestival Oslo (FFO). 

During NDA's Open Call all artists with a connection to the Nordic countries are invited to submit their photobook dummy by 15 June. A recognized jury selects a shortlist of candidates and a winner. The shortlisted books including the winner are exhibited and announced during the Fotobokfestival Oslo in September each year. The winner book is published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg and launched during FFO the year after. The FFO festival is organized by The Norwegian Association of Fine Art Photographers with Fotogalleriet as its main collaborator.

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 and the Nordic Culture Fund. In 2015 Fotogalleriet initiated collaborations with several other Nordic institutions to send the NDA on tour. See more info further down on this page.


JURY 2016

JH Engström (SE)


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)




NDA 2015

JH Engström (SE) Photographer
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

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)

Ungleichgewicht by Karina-Sirkku Kurz (FI/DE)

NDA 2014

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

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)

Härkälä by Iikka Tolonen (FI)

NDA 2013

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

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

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

NDA 2012

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

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)

Notes by Christina Leithe Hansen

WINNER 2015: Karina-Sirkku Kurz (DE/FI)

Ungleichgewicht, dummy from 2015 by Karina-Sirkku Kurz

Ungleichgewicht, dummy from 2015 by Karina-Sirkku Kurz




The winner of Nordic Dummy Award 2015 was Karina-Sirkku Kurz (FI/DE) with the photobook Ungleichgewicht.

Statement of the artist:

The work Ungleichgewicht deals with eating disorders. The main disorder types are anorexia,bulimia and BED (Binge eating disorder). Even though their symptoms are quite different in terms of eating behaviours, the mental struggle of concerned people can be compared. Basically these illnesses are about attempts to solve inner conflicts, which end up in a fight against one’s own body. Due to gathering aspects between the different eating disorder types, I did not limit my working field on one particular disorder. The work is based upon narrations of affected people that I collaborated with. Eating disorder accompanies all of them for years or even decades. It has become part of their lives.

Statement of the jury 2015: 

The jury found Karina-Sirkku Kurz’s book about eating disorders visually strong and solid. It is the kind of book that is powerful both in its form and content. The theme of the book is important and it focuses on the grievance in our society in a delicate way and is far from the stereotypical way to represent people suffering from eating disorders. The balance between a conceptual and a collaboratively staged and surreal approach to a very concrete and disturbing subject in contemporary society at large makes this book an innovative book. Kurz’s series is a long term project, which has been going on for several years. The jury appreciated the way the photographer co-operated with her models constructing the images. In the book Kurz has chosen both portraits and still lives, including both touching and disturbing tones, which makes the book emotionally challenging and rewarding. The book is well thought through with delicate visual elaboration, which is an even bigger achievement because of the complex topic.

Karina-Sirkku Kurz' photobook Ungleichgewicht is currently under production at Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg. The book will be launched in September 2016 during the Fotobokfestival Oslo in connection with the annunciation of the shortlisted candidates and the winner of this years NDA.



Read before submitting your dummy




Reward and exposure

Shortlisted dummies will be exhibited at the Fotobokfestival Oslo, which will take place from 8 to 18 September 2016. The winner of the Nordic Dummy Award will be announced on Friday 16 September.

Shortlisted dummies including the winner will be sent on tour to the following institutions: Göteborg Fotobokfestival, Göteborg (SE), Centrum for fotografi, Stockholm (SE), Galleri Entrée, Bergen (NO), Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø (NO), Galleri Image, Århus (DK), Fotografisk Center, København (DK), Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (FI), Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu (FI), Reykjavik Museum of Photography (IS).

The winner book will be published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg. Fotogalleriet oversees the Nordic Dummy Award book production and, together with The Norwegian Photographic Fund, provides production support. Additional funding might be required, relating to the parameters of the winner book.


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.

Fotogalleriet commits to provide an amount of 60.000 NOK for the production of the book. Included in this amount should be considered the costs listed in Kehrer Verlag’s production quote, including taxes. This entails also possible import taxes. Fotogalleriet provides support to apply for additional funding.




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: 15 June 2016. 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.

The physical dummy must be sent to Fotogalleriet and postmarked by the deadline: 15 June 2016.


Nordic Dummy Award 2016
c/o Fotogalleriet
Møllergata 34
N-0179 Oslo


Nordic Dummy Award 2016 on Tour:

Following the exhibition during Fotobokfestival Oslo the shortlisted dummies and the winner book will go on a Nordic tour during autumn/winter 2016/17 to be shown at the following institutions:

22 Sept - 25 Sept: 
Fotobok Gbg 16, Gothenburg (SE)

26 Sept - 2 Oct: 
Photobookweek Aarhus, Galleri Image, Århus (DK)

5 Oct - 16 Oct:
Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen (DK)

20 Oct - 30 Oct: 
Reykjavik Museum of Photography (IS)

3 Nov - 13 Nov: 
Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu (FI)

16 Nov - 27 Nov: 
Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (FI)

3 Dec - 11 Dec: 
The Centre for Photography, Stockholm (SE)

5 Jan - 15 Jan 2017: 
Entrée, Bergen (NO)

18 Jan - 5 Feb 2017: 
Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø (NO)

More info about the tour will come!
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