APhF Dummy Award feat. Witty Books

  • Opens
    1 Apr 2024
  • Deadline
    30 Apr 2024
  • Link
  • Entry fee
    € 20
  • Topics Awards, Photobooks

The APhF Dummy Award feat. Witty Books is an annual juried competition open to all unpublished photobooks worldwide.


Through the competition, one individual will be selected as the winner and receive a publishing contract with the publishing house Witty Books supported by Future Format printing house. In addition, 10 photobooks will be covered at the APhF print catalog and 20 books will be shortlisted and exhibited during the APhF in Athens in June/July 2024. All selected photobooks will appear online in the APhF Library. The shortlisted books are selected by a five-member jury, specialized in photobooks and photography internationally. The jury will convene in person in Athens to select the winner.

Practical Info

Applicants must submit using the online entry form and send one physical copy of their submitted dummy book alongside their submission form, ensuring it is postmarked no later than 30 April 2024. The book needs to be sent to the address: Hellenic Center of Photography, Stratigou Kontouli 3, 117 42 Athens – Greece. Information required for each photobook submitted are photobook title, photographer name, year of publication, publisher, designer, editor information, description of the project, short biography, photobook dimensions, number of pages, edition number or print run, the dummy in digital form and an image of the photobook cover.

The photobook dummies must be primarily photography-driven, whether in the form of new or archival images. The inclusion of other artistic disciplines is welcome, providing the overall photobook is focused on photography. Projects should be in a finalized state upon submission. All photobooks dummies must be produced in physical form in an edition of fewer than 100 copies. Entries may only be submitted by the artist or a third party with the written consent of the artist/publisher.

The winner will receive a contract with Witty Books to produce a photobook, with a production budget of up to €15,000 (minimum print run of 400 copies) and will be part of the next edition of APhF Main Exhibition at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138. Plus, 10 shortlisted photobooks will be profiled in the APhF print catalog and 20 shortlisted photobooks will be part of the APhF Dummy Award feat. Witty Books exhibition at the Benaki Museum / Pireos 138 in June/July 2024. All submitting artists will receive complimentary entry tickets to APhF:24.

The juries for this competition are Susan Meisselas (Magnum Photographer), Ioli Tzanetaki (curator at National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens), Tommaso Parillo (Witty Books), Future Format (printing house), Sylvia Sachini (curator of APhF BP).

About APhF

Athens Photo Festival (APhF), a leading international biennial event, is dedicated to celebrating photography and visual culture. Ιts programming provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and artistic expression, and engagement with a wide range of photographic practices.

Their program creates a critical context where the impact of the ever-changing visual culture can be raised and discussed. The Festival will showcase the work by both emerging and established photographers from around the world, through its exhibitions and events, with the aim to reflect the diversity of photography of our time.

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