Photobook Dummy Contest takes place as part of PHOTOOBOOKFEST, in which authors from Russia and CIS countries are engaged. As a result of the first step of the contest the shortlist jury picked 26 books from 150 received.
Petr Antonov
Twelve Ruins

Olga Boltneva
Infertility II

Yanina Boldyreva
Sheet happens


Arnold Veber
Last night I'm done

Alexander Veryovkin
Topography of Emptiness

Li-mi- yan Lilia, Katherina Sadovsky
I mentioned my Demon to a Friend

Anastasia Lobanova

Olga Matveeva

Igor Mukhin

Lost Horizon Trilogy

Sergey Novikov

Kirill Ovchinnikov
Gardens of Eternity

Ivan Petrokovich
Case Study

Solovieva Ekaterina
The Earth's Circle. Kolodozero

Olga Titova

Elena Kholkina
The Girl in Front of the Lake

Irina Zadorozhnaia

Andrey Ivanov
Identity Index

Maxim Ivanov
The Fragments Attributed to Heraclitus

Olga Kravets,
Maria Morina, Oksana Yushko

Grozny: Nine Cities


I, Oblomov

Evgeniya Chapaykina

Taya Sharafutdinova
But so far, I have not reached the Trees

Ksenia Yurkova
Empty Expectations

Victor Kuplevatskiy
Press (special mention, out of contest)
The final stage jury will choose the winner, who will have his/her dummy published at Pareto-Print Publishing House. The results of the contest will be announced on May 28th.
What is a photobook dummy?

Hardcopie of a photobook designed and produced personally by the author, printed in no more than 50 editions, with no ISBN number.

What are the main criteria for the jury team?

Absolutely everything is important: idea, design, printing quality, materials, and photography as well.

The winner will have his/her dummy published at Pareto-Print Printing House, the strategic partner of the festival. Shortlisted works will be shown at the MPF Awards exhibition and estimated by international jury team.
What is the first prize?
Short list Jury
Larisa Grinberg, art-director of the Grinberg Gallery, curator of Art Management and Gallery Businessmaster's program and a lecturer at Cinema and Contemporary Art department of the Russian State Univerity for the Humanities; 2014- 2017— a curator of Na Shabolovke and Peresvetov Pereulok galleries.

Nadezhda Sheremetova, curator, photography researcher, photo critic, director of the FotoDepartment Foundation, chief editor of the online magazine about contemporary photography «F.».

Anastasia Bogomolova, artist, curator, collector and photobooks researcher, founder of the first online resource about photobooks in Russian «This is a photobook».

Alexander Gronsky, photographer, winner of an international photography competition Aperture Portfolio Prize (2009), Paul Huf Award (2010), World Press Photo (2012).

Alexey Oborin, technical director of Pareto-Print typography.

Dmitry Mordvintsev, chief of ABC-design studio, a lecturer at Communication Design department of Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry, a member of Moscow Union of Artists.
Final round Jury
Lesley A. Martin (USA), creative director of Aperture Foundation book program and publisher of The PhotoBook Review. She teaches a course titled What Makes a Photobook Work at the International Center for Photography and is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, New York; has edited over seventy-five books of photography.

Dieter Neubert (Germany), co-founder and director of Kassel Fotobook Festival,chief editor of the monographic magazine PHOTOPAPER. He has edited and published such books as the Daido Moriyama anthology On Daido, the artist's book Kassel Menu by Martin Parr and others.

Matthieu Charon (France), editor and publisher, together with Rémi Faucheux founded the independent publishing house and gallery RVB BOOKS, dedicated to designing and printing unique fine arts books as well as organizing exhibitions on new editorial practices.

Andrew Sanigar (UK), a Commissioning Editor at the Thames & Hudson. He has commissioned a number of internationally successful photography publications, including Magnum Contact Sheets, Coming into Fashion, Eve Arnold's People, Mary McCartney From Where I Stand and others.
Calin Кruse (Germany), freelance photographer, curator and publisher at dienacht magazine+publishing, founder of FLUUT graphic-design studio.

Delphine Bedel (France) is a photographer, lecturer, curator and publisher working at the intersection of photography, design and publishing. Founder of Meta/Books and Amsterdam Art/Book Fair.

Peter Puklus (Hungary), multidisciplinary artist. He works with documentary photography as well as sculpture, installation, drawing and video. He has published several photobooks, including Нandbook to the stars.

Salvatore Vitale (Switzerland), photographer and editor. He is also a co-founder and editor-in- chief of YET magazine. In 2015 he was awarded Die Besten 2014 at Swiss Photo Awards.

Evgeny Berezner, curator of exhibition projects in the field of photography in Russia and abroad, member of the International Association for Photography Curators dubbed "Oracle"; 2000-2004 – member of jury of the International Competition for Best Photography Publications in Central and Eastern Europe held in Bratislava, Slovakia, 2006-2016 - chairman of jury of this competition; Since 2002, he has been a reviewer at FotoFest's Meeting Place portfolio review (Houston, USA); since 2011 he has been a head of the International Festival of Photography PhotoVisa (Krasnodar Region, Russia).

Terms and conditions
11 – Shortlisted works will be shown at the MPF Awards exhibition (12-28 May 2017).

12 – The winner will be selected by an international jury and announced on the closing day of the festival.

13 – By submitting an application, the author consents to the use of images from and of his photobook dummy in any festival-related activities (exhibitions; on-screen presentations; informational and promotional publications in print and online media; on the event's site and social media pages, in analyses and works of art criticism; in the event's own publications; for research and educational purposes).

By mailing us contest application you automatically accept terms and conditions.

1 – The contest is free of charge

2 – Eligible submissions must be photobook dummies – hardcopies designed and produced personally by the author, printed in no more than 50 editions, with no ISBN number.

E-photobooks will not be accepted (!)

3 – The contest is for authors from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldavia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.

4 – Participants must be over the age of 18.

5 – There is a limit of three dummies per applicant. Each dummy must be submitted in a separate application.

6 – The works must be mailed to Russia, 119072 Moscow, Bolotnaya nab, 3, bld 1, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography at the author's own expense and risk.
7 – The deadline for applying is April 25th 2017.

8 – Contestants must complete the electronic registration form (application), and after posting the dummy e-mail the form to The application must be completed in either Russian or English.
Attached must be an active link to either a pdf file with photographs of each two-page spread of the dummy, or a flip-video (under 5 Gb) giving a thorough depiction of their work.

9 – Submitted dummies will by default remain in the Lumieres Brother Center for Photography collection. However, in the event that the work is not shortlisted and the author would like it returned, they must note so in the application, and collect it in person after the festival has ended from the Center for Photography office.

10 – The winner will have his/her dummy published at Pareto-Print Printing House (Tver, Russia).
The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography
«olotnaya emb. 3-1, Moscow, 119072,
+7 (495) 228-98-78
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