Monthly Archives: December 2011

Photobook Competition for ‘Dummies’

Season’s Greetings!

We’ve just received virtual word that the 2012 Dummy Award from Fotobook Festival is now receiving entries. If you have a photobook masterpiece in the making but no publisher and a spare 32 euros, this international competition could be a fantastic opportunity.

Yes, you have to pay 32 euros just to enter, but one silver lining is that 50 of the best submissions (selected by a jury of international professionals) will be exhibited as a part of the Festival, taking place at the Parisian photography art space du jour, Le Bal this coming April 2012. If that isn’t convincing enough odds, first, second and third prizes are awarded, with the first prize winner receiving full production by German publishers Seltmann+Söhne. Although relatively unknown here in the UK, S+S boasts a decent catalogue with a particular interest in photography. The company, since its birth in 2004, takes pride in each publication being designed and printed in house. Last years 2nd and 3rd places were awarded book production with the festival’s other partners Blurb, to the value of 500 and 300 euros.

Two closing dates have been advertised, 31st March and 5th April…March it is then. There’s more information about the competition and how to enter here.

Take a look at last year’s shortlist here. So there you have it. Happy New Year!

self-publisher’s question time

This article from Time magazine provokes some interesting questions about zines and self-publishing in an age of globalization. Give it a read and see if you’re convinced that creating physical artefacts in a literary world currently enamoured with internet publishing is in line with, or a betrayal of the counter-cultural roots of the zine.

When does an ethical stance become snobbery? Are there any “wrong” reasons to make a zine?

Would you be turned off a publication because of its high or low production values?

Do you find zines therapeutic to read or create? What makes unedited, unmediated media so appealing to people more accustomed to the opposite?