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Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles 2017


For the third consecutive year, in 2017 the Rencontres de la photographie is offering an award to fund the publication of a dummy book. Endowed with a €25,000 production budget, the award is open to all photographers and artists using photography who submit a previously unpublished dummy book. Experimental and innovative forms will receive special consideration.

The application deadline is Friday  March 31st 2017. An international jury will choose the winner. The 2017 winner’s dummy book, as well as those of the nominees, will be exhibited this summer during the Rencontres d’Arles. With support from the Luma Foundation.


The award is endowed with a €25,000 production budget, including €3,000 for the author or authors, as the case may be, payable in advance. This amount is intended only for the production of the submitted project. The Rencontres d’Arles will take care of the project’s publishing and financial operations.


> All professional photographers and artists using photography, of any age or nationality, are eligible to participate.

> Their work must have been featured in group and/or solo shows or in publications giving them

national or international recognition.

> The submitted project may be individual or collective.

> Only one project may be submitted. It must be original and must never have been published or received a commitment to be published by any publisher.

> Self-published projects that did not have an ISBN number, and which have not yet been distributed, are accepted.

> The project must be as close as possible to the final version, both in its form and the materials used (type of paper, etc.), and technically feasible using traditional book production methods.



Applications may be written in French or English (except the application form, which must be in English only). The dummy book must be presented in its original language. Participation in the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles 2017 is free. Application materials submitted from France must be sent by Colissimo, or any other form of traceable delivery, by midnight on Friday 31 March 2017 (postmark deadline), by international express delivery (UPS, Fedex, DHL, etc.) from other countries, and by email. See details below.

1/ Materials  must be sent by post to the following address only:

Les Rencontres d’Arles

Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles 2017

34 rue du Dr Fanton

BP 30096

13632 Arles Cedex France

> One hard copy of the dummy book (in the event of nomination, one more copy will be requested for conservation in the Rencontres d’Arles archives; the other will be exhibited at the 2017 festival).

> The rules (Terms & Conditions) initialled and signed.

> The duly completed and signed application form (in English) including:

– The information form

– A short description of the dummy book

– The author(s) artistic approach

– A short biography

– A detailed CV including a list of shows and publications.

Note: Customs duties may apply to application materials sent from outside the European Union.

2/ Materials  sent by email  only to  the following  address :

[email protected]

> A PDF copy (an average-size PDF file in the form of continuous separate pages). IMPORTANT: the file must start with the dummy book’s front cover and end with the back cover and be sent by WeTransfer to the email address mentioned above.

> An image of your dummy book’s cover on a 1:1 scale, jpg format, 300 dpi.

> A short project presentation written in English, 400 characters  maximum.


The Rencontres d’Arles will shortlist 25 nominees. A jury (currently being selected) will meet in May to choose the winner, whose name will be announced during the festival’s opening week (the exact date will be released later). The jury will consider the submitted projects’ editorial quality and technical feasibility. The nominees and the winner will be individually notified by email in May. The Rencontres will invite the winner to the festival’s opening week (3 to 9 July 2017). The winner agrees not to reveal his or her identity before the official opening week announcement.



From 3 July to 24 September 2017, the 25 shortlisted projects will be presented in the festival’s official program and in digital form, partially or entirely, on the Luma website for one year.



> Application materials must be submitted from 31 January to 31 March 2017 inclusive.

> The jury will meet and deliberate in May 2017.

> The list of the 25 nominees will go online in May 2017.

> The winner’s name will be officially announced during the Rencontres d’Arles opening week (3 to 9 July 2017).

> The exhibition of the nominees and winner’s dummy books will take place from 3 July to 24

September 2017.

> The winner’s book will be produced in late 2017/early 2018.

> The winner’s book will be presented at the 2018 Rencontres d’Arles.


All the applicants declare that they own all the rights to the submitted project’s content (texts, images, graphics). The nominees and the winner will grant the Rencontres d’Arles permission to present their dummy books from 3 July to 24 September 2017 in the Rencontres d’Arles official program in digital form on the Luma website. They will also grant the Rencontres d’Arles permission to use their work to promote the Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles 2018.


The Rencontres d’Arles and a publisher (to be selected) will co-publish the book in consultation with the winner. The Rencontres d’Arles agrees to meet all the expenses incurred by producing the winner’s book (adjustment work, layout, printing and binding), within the limits of the award amount. The service provider will be chosen based on the type of project and in consultation with the winner. Production of the book will begin in late 2017/early 2018. The Rencontres d’Arles and the publisher reserve the right, in consultation with the winner, to adapt the work to technical production requirements. In this framework, applicants agree to deliver the source files and to attend working meetings at the request of the Rencontres d’Arles. The number of copies produced will directly depend on the type of project presented. The selected publisher will sell and distribute the work in co-operation with the Rencontres d’Arles. The number of copies the artist receives will depend on the type of project produced. The produced work will be officially presented at the 2018 Rencontres d’Arles.


The Rencontres d’Arles will handle the dummy books with the utmost care. However, the Rencontres d’Arles cannot be held liable for any damage that might occur during the public’s consultation of the dummy books. The present contract is subject to French law. Any disputes pertaining to the execution or interpretation of the present contract that might arise between the Parties will be brought before the competent jurisdictions, if a friendly settlement cannot be reached.


Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Note on returning application materials for non-shortlisted projects: Applications will not be returned by post except for French residents who send us a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage. Foreign (and French) applicants can pick up their application materials, or have them picked up, at the festival’s office, located at 34 rue du Dr Fanton à Arles, until the end of September. Application materials not picked up by that time will no longer be available.

More informations and applications at:

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