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 during Landskrona Foto Festival. The winner book is published by Kehrer Verlag, Heidelberg and launched the year after.

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 2017

Dragana Vujanovic Östlind (SE)

Chief Curator at The Hasselblad Foundation

Toni Vallasjoki (FI)

Photographer and initiator 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


Terje Abusdal, Slash and Burn

Simon Berg, Soil

Damian Heinisch, Fünfundvierzig

Karoliina Paatos, Cowboy Girls

Sanne Vils Axelsen, Vindtid



NDA 2017

Jury: Dragana Vujanovic ôstlind (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.



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 2017 on Tour:

The shortlisted dummies will be exhibited at Landskrona Foto Festival (SE), which will take place from 08 to 17 September 2017. The winner of the Nordic Dummy Award will be announced on Saturday, 09 September at Landskrona Foto Festival and published by Kehrer Verlag in 2018.

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

21 Sept - 24 Sept
Photobookweek Aarhus, Galleri Image, Aarhus (DK)

28 Sept - 30 Sept
Fotobok Gbg 17, Gothenburg (SE)

05 Oct - 10 Oct
Entrée, Bergen (NO)

18 Oct - 03 Nov
Northern Photographic Centre, Oulu (FI)

11 Nov - 24 Nov
Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen (DK)

04 Dec - 17 Dec
Centrum För Fotografi, Stockholm (SE)

18 Jan - 21 Jan
Icelandic Photography Festival, Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Reykjavik (IS)

29 Jan - 11 Feb
Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø (NO)

19 Feb - 11 Mar
The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (FI)

16 Mar - 25 Mar
Fotogalleriet [format], Malmö (SE)

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