Fiebre Dummy Award 2020

Sponsored by Artes Gráficas Palermo

Co-edited with Dalpine

In collaboration with La Troupe and Art Photo BCN

Fiebre Dummy Award 2020 Shortlist 

The jury of the fifth edition of the Fiebre Dummy Award have selected the following finalists, in alphabetical order:

  • Alex Blanco - Meat, Fish and Aubergine Caviar

  • Blanca Munt Aguilar - Alerta Mira-sol

  • Diana Karklin - Undo Motherhood

  • Iacopo Pasqui - N

  • Jenica Heintzelman - Down a Stream

  • Lucía Antebi Arno - Eva

  • Lukas Ratius - Der Apparat

  • Moe Suzuki - Sokohi

  • Pedro Duarte Guimaraes - Rato Tesoura Pistola

  • Stephanie Lamoline - Quatre Mains / Zonder Handen

Congratulations to the finalists! And thank you very much to the members of the jury for your commitment to the award as well as all the participants, especially in such complicated circumstances.

We will open soon the voting for the Public Prize. The announcement of the winning dummy will take place during Fiebre Photobook Online 2020.

In our blog you will find some participation data of this year.

Like Stains of Red Dirt by Juan Orrantia
winner of fourth edition
Aporia by Andrew Waits
winner of third edition
A Google Wife by Olga Bushkova
winner of second edition
eden by Bernardita Morello
winner of first edition


(call closed)

Fully aware of the technical and economic difficulties involved in the production of photobooks, since 2015 Fiebre Photobook offers an annual award aimed at publishing the best dummy, selected among all submitted proposals.


In addition, for the upcoming edition of the festival the Fiebre Photobook team is taking into account the current special circumstances derived from the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to adjust for this situation we have changed the usual requirements for our open call and this time we won’t be asking for a printed dummy submission.  


The entry period opens on May 28th and the deadline has been extended until Wednesday, September 23 at 23:59h. Application fee is 20€. The international jury will choose the 10 finalist proposals and the winner will be announced in the fall, during the Fiebre Photobook Madrid 2020 festival. The author will receive 1000€ as an advance payment for the copyright of the first edition of the book and the official presentation will take place in Barcelona accompanied by an exhibition.

Submission Guidelines

  • All photographers who conceive photography as a means of expression are invited to participate, regardless of their age and nationality. 

  • The submitted project may be individual or collective.

  • The project must be original and unpublished, and no publishing commitment may exist with any other publisher.

  • The proposal must be as close as possible to the final version with regard to editing, format and materials used.

  • A 20€ participation fee per proposal applies.

  • Participants must fill in the online registration form and attach the requested material, either in Spanish or in English.

  • Participants will submit a PDF version of the dummy, under 10Mb.

  • In the application form you will be asked to specify: format, measurements, number of pages, type of paper/s, type of binding, type and/or material of cover/s, finishing, other relevant technical details.

  • Any proposals received after the deadline will be declined.

  • The decision of the international jury shall be final and unappealable.

  • The award may be declared void, in which case all participation fees shall be reimbursed.

​The Award

Print run of 500 copies of the winning dummy, subject to the following conditions::​

  • Artes Gráficas Palermo will be in charge of the production process, including print, paper and binding.

  • Dalpine will be in charge of distribution, presence in major photobook fairs and circulation among agents and expert critics.

  • La Troupe will be in charge of prepress and printing of exhibition copies.

  • Art Photo Bcn will provide an exhibition stand at its 2021 edition and will include the official book launch into its program.

  • Fiebre Photobook will be in charge of the photobook’s communication and promotional campaign.

  • The author will receive 1000€ as an advance payment for the copyright of the first edition of the book (subject to tax).

  • The author will receive 25 copies of the photobook.

  • The winning dummy, along with the other 9 finalists, will participate in the dummy exhibition that will take place during the Fiebre Photobook Festival 2020, with potential touring possibilities.


Audience Award


The 10 shortlisted dummies will be shown in pdf format at the Fiebre website, where the audience can vote for their favorite. The dummy with the most votes will be the winner of the Audience Award of the 5th edition of the Fiebre Photobook Dummy Award. This award is symbolic and there is no cash prize involved.


International Jury


Our jury will consist on members of the production team and international experts


  • Miguel Ángel Esteban - Director, Artes Gráficas Palermo

  • Sonia Berger -  Publisher, Dalpine

  • Fosi Vegue -  Photographer and editor

  • Víctor Garrido -  Photographer y prepress

  • Isabel Lázaro - Director and curator, Art Photo BCN

  • Juan Orrantia - Winner of the previous edition

  • Verónica Fieiras - Publisher, Chaco

  • Alejandro Cartagena - Photographer and editor

Call Calendar


  • Call opening date: 28 May 2020. 

  • Deadline: Wednesday 23 September 2020 at 11:59 pm (CEST - Madrid time)

  • Shortlist announcement October 2020.

  • Promotion of the 10 shortlisted projects: October-November 2020

  • Winner announcement: during Fiebre Photobook Online 2020.

  • Production of the photobook will take place between late 2020 and early 2021.

  • ​The photobook launch will take place at Art Photo Bcn 2021.


Exhibition of Shortlisted Dummies

Due to the circumstances originated by the COVID19 pandemic, in this edition there will be no exhibition of physical dummies during the festival, but we are looking into new ways of showing and promoting the shortlisted proposals in their pdf format.


  • All applicants warrant that they are the sole owners and rights holders of the content of their submitted projects (texts, images and graphics).

  • Both the shortlisted and winner authors consent to the showing of the pdf dummies at the Fiebre Photobook website and give their permission to share information regarding the projects for their promotion.

  • The winning author will invoice Fiebre Photobook for the value of 1000€, including taxes.

  • The book shall include an acknowledgement to Fiebre Photobook and all contributors shall be listed on the credits page.




What are we seeking?

We are looking for an original project specifically adapted to book format. The pdf dummy should be virtually ready for publication in terms of design, editing and other technical aspects.


Who can participate?

This call is open to authors of all ages and nationalities; there is a 20€ submission fee per application.


How many projects can you submit?

As many as you wish; however, each proposal must be submitted independently.


Do you have to send a hard-copy dummy?

Not this year, as a consequence of the difficulties originated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applicants will only submit a pdf version of the dummy, and in case of being one of the 10 shortlisted authors, the pdf will be shown at the Fiebre website. 


What will the distribution process be like?

Dalpine will be in charge of national and international distribution and Fiebre will roll out a communication campaign in order to achieve the widest possible dissemination, with presence in different festivals, bookshops, libraries, media and events.


Who will own the publishing rights?

Fiebre Photobook Festival and Dalpine shall own the publishing rights for the first edition, which shall then be signed over to the author for future editions. The copyright of all images included in the book shall belong to the author, who shall authorise their use for the purpose of publishing the book and for all necessary communication and dissemination purposes.

What happens if the award is declared void?

In the event that the international jury decides to declare the award void, the organisation will reimburse all submission fees.


My PDF weighs more than 10mb, if I reduce the size, won't it be very poor quality?

We are aware that you want to send a PDF in the highest quality, but we will see it on screens, you do not need to send files in high quality. All the winners and finalists from previous years sent pdfs of under 10mb and they were still great works both in the photographic and technical aspects.