Nordic Dummy Award


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

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

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

Terje Abusdal (NO)

Håpet blendar forstanden

Magnus Cederlund (DK)


Anna C.J. Ekström (SE)

When I Pass Riverside Road

Christian Nilson (SE/CH)

The Swiss

Alexander Arnild Peitersen (DK)

From Now On

Amar Priganica (DE)

Morbus Natura

Katarina Skjønsberg (NO)

Be Good To Yourself

Marcus Stenberg (SE)

A Room of Ones Own

Jo Straube (NO)

Det norske biblioteket

Nita Vera (FI)

Spatial Practices

WINNER 2016:Katarina Skjønsberg(NO)

Be Good To Yourself, Katarina Skjønsberg

Be Good To Yourself, Katarina Skjønsberg




The winner of Nordic Dummy Award 2016 is Katarina Skjønsberg (NO) with the photobook Be Good To Yourself.

The jury chose Katarina Skjønsberg’s well-prepared dummy because it is fresh, obvious and evident. The book seems very well thought through, proving consistency on many levels. The quantity of pages perfectly matches the material. It is convincing without hesitation. Be good to yourself relates to an area of conflict that also plays an important role in contributing to the underlying vibrant mood of the work.

Skjønsberg has the courage to involve herself, and the book is not introvert despite its private subject matter.  She has entered a different cultural context and has emerged in it. The book is an analogue imprint of what was there. It raises a lot of questions, which make you want to know more.




Read before submitting your dummy




The deadline has passed. information of NDA 2017 will be out soon.
stay tuned!


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 was 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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