The results are now in and being announced for the two competitions at the 3rd International FotoBuch (PhotoBook) Festival recently held in Kassel, Germany.
Here are the judges comments for three photobook Dummy Prize winners:
The first prize was awarded to the Berliner Werner Amann for his book design American. Using light and also intensely expressive images, the photographer achieved to capture a piece of American soul, composed into a fluid essay of documentation and poetry. Amann convinced also through his design. He succeeded brilliantly in creating a book as a medium with its special material and style qualities.
The second prize went to the American Chad States for his book Cruising which captures the unusual characteristics and secrets of small woodlands near parking lots. The jury was convinced by the photographic quality, the unique page design and narrative structure of the book.
The German photographer Axel Beyer won the third prize for Bebra Curiosa, a subtle-surreal portrait of the North Hessian town Bebra. The jury was impressed by the specific pictorial language and unusual assembly style of the book, which enabled the author to charge his mundane subject matter with humour and suspense.
All of the displayed 56 dummies of the Dummy Prize competition can be seen in page browsing view. Yes, in this case, being a prize winning dummy could be a good thing;- )
And the three Reviewer Prize winners were selected.
The following individuals provided portfolios or book dummies that received additional recognition: David Adams, Murray Ballard and Andreas Frei.
Best regards, Douglas