As one of the highlights of Hong Kong Photobook Festival, Photobook Dummy Award aims to support emerging artists and provide the opportunities to showcase their works in the international festivals.

The award invites photographers, artists and creative talents from all over the world to submit their photobook dummies. The jury will shortlist no more than 12 dummies in the first round. Three winners will be selected from the shortlisted dummies. Winner’s dummies and other shortlisted dummies will be exhibited in the Hong Kong Photobook Festival 2021.


  • Winner’s dummies and other shortlisted dummies will be exhibited in the Hong Kong Photobook Festival 2021.
  • The winner of the First Prize will be granted a maximum subsidy of HKD$20,000 for participation in the visit of the international photobook festival.

Entry Fees

  • The application fee is waived this year.
  • Costs of shipping are covered by the applicants and are not refundable.


  1. The Award is open to photographers, artists, designers and all the creative talents.
  2. There is no specific age and nationality limit for entering the Award.
  3. The photobook dummy can be done individually or collectively.
  4. The photobook dummy must be original.
  5. The photobook dummy must be self-published or unpublished. It cannot be published by any registered publisher or has never been committed to being published by any other publisher.
  6. ISBN is not a requirement for the Award.
  7. The photobook dummy books can be presented in any languages.
  8. The photobook dummy books must be created on or after the 1st of
    January 2018.

Submission Deadline

28 February 2021, 23:59, Hong Kong Time, UTC/GMT+8 (postmark).

Application Procedures

Step One – Online Registration

  1. Fill in the online registration form below and upload the image of the book cover.
  2. The form must be completed either in Chinese or English.
  3. The form must be submitted before the submission of the physical copy.
  4. Print the acknowledgement of receipt or confirmation message as a proof of successful registration.

Step Two – Submission of Physical Copy – Pack your photobook dummy

  1. Your submission should include
    (i) a physical copy of your photobook dummy; and
    (ii) a registration proof.
  2. All the items for submission must be packed in a sealed envelope.
  3. Mark “The 1st Hong Kong Photobook Dummy Award 2021” on the envelope.

Step Three – Submission of Physical Copy – By Post or In Person

Submission by PostSubmission in Person
For submission by post, the postmark date will be regarded as the date of receipt. All incomplete or late entries will be declined.For submission in person, the applicant should submit the physical copy within the opening hours* of Lumenvisum.
Lumenvisum Company Limited
L2-02 Jockey Club Creative & Arts Centre
30 Pak Tin Street,
Shek Kip Mei,
Hong Kong.
N/A*Opening Hours
Monday to Friday (0930-1300 & 1400-1800)
Saturday & Sunday (1100-1300 & 1400-1800)
Closed on public holidays

Meet The Judges

  • Andreas Müller-Pohle

    Artist, Publisher & Founder of European Photography (Germany)

    Andreas Müller-Pohle

    Andreas Müller-Pohle is a Berlin-based media artist and the founder and publisher of European Photography, an independent art magazine for international contemporary photography and new media.

    He has published the major works of the media philosopher Vilém Flusser, available in the eleven-volume Edition Flusser, including the seminal Philosophy of Photography, which has been translated into over twenty languages. With the publication of Flusser’s essay Die Schrift: Hat Schreiben Zukunft? (Does Writing Have a Future?) in 1986 on a floppy disk, he is one of the pioneers of today’s e-book. Andreas is the author of numerous texts on photo theory. He has been a visiting professor and lecturer at institutions in Europe, North and South America, and Asia.

    He has worked with photography and media projects since the late 1970s and has devoted himself extensively to the topic of water, including his portraits of the Danube River and the waterscapes of Hong Kong. Current works include a long-term photo, video, and sound project titled ‘Studies on Traffic’ and the processing of unpublished photo and video material from Hong Kong. –,,

  • anothermountainman (Stanley Wong)

    Renowned Designer and Comtemporary Artist, Hong Kong

    anothermountainman (Stanley Wong)

    Graduated from Hong Kong Technical Teachers’ College (Design & Technology), anothermountainman (Stanley Wong) is a renowned designer and contemporary artist.

    After five years as a graphic designer, Wong began his career in the advertising industry and worked as Chief Executive and Creative Director for many international advertising agencies. Fifteen years later, with his passion and enthusiasm for creative visuals, Wong became a film director for television commercials and established 84000 Communications in 2007, branching out his creative career.

    Throughout his career, Wong received over 600 local, Asian and international awards for his art, design, photography and advertising works, including 2 One Show gold awards from the U.S.,  D&AD yellow pencil from the UK and Tokyo TDC award. Many of his works have been exhibited in local and overseas galleries and museums in more than 150 shows, including solo shows at Tokyo ggg in 2015, and the Hong Kong Heritage Museum from 2019 to 2020. Collectors of his works include Hong Kong M+ and London V&A Museum. In May 2012, Wong was named the Artist of the Year 2011 (Visual Arts) in the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards, and received the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012 from Hong Kong Museum of Art. In 2020, He was named DFA World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer.

    Wong is also passionate about photography and various creative mediums with a strong focus on social issues. Over the past two decades, Wong gained international awareness with his ‘Red, White and Blue’ series that promotes the ‘positive spirit of Hong Kong’, which he presented at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005 representing Hong Kong. For more than a decade ago, Wong has incorporated studies of Buddhism into his creative works. It is his personal mission to spread dharma for the hope of world equality and harmony.

  • Lau Ching-ping

    Chairman of the Hong Kong International Photo Festival, Hong Kong

    Lau Ching-ping

    Lau Ching-Ping, lives in Hong Kong, makes creative work on education, design and photography. He was a co-founder of photo art magazine ‘Dislocation’, part-time lecturer of the CUHK, HKU, HKU Space, HK Art School, Lumenvisum, HK Heritage Museum and M+ Museum. Won the WYNG Master Award AIR Project (2013-2014), realised the project in the Photo art book “Thin as air”. He is the current chair of Hong Kong International Photo Festival. He hopes to face the world’s future with an optimistic aperture setting.

  • Yanyou Yuan Di

    Editor, Publisher, Founder and Director of Jiazazhi Press & Photobook Library (China)

    Yanyou Yuan Di

    Yanyou Yuan Di is an editor, publisher, founder and director of Jiazazhi Press & Photobook Library. He has participated in numerous art book fairs and exhibitions in New York, Paris, Tokyo etc. He has also curated more than 20 books for Chinese photographers. Some of the books he curated were nominated and awarded in famous photobook awards, such as Kassel Fotobook Award, Paris Photo-Aperture Photobook Award, Rencontres d’Arles Author Book Awards etc.

    He is also the curator of various photobook events in China, such as Chinese Independent Photobook Exhibition at Caocangdi Photo Season 2012, Handmade Photobooks in China at Beijing Photography Biennale 2014, JimeixArles Photobook Fair 2016 and Lianzhou Foto Festival Independent Photobook Fair 2017. He also initiated Jiazazhi Photobook Festival 2017 and co-curated Unfold 2020 Shanghai Art Book Fair. He has been the judge of the New Talent Award, Singapore Photography International Festival, T3 Photo Festival Tokyo, and Photo One Taipei.

  • Zhuang Wubin

    Independent writer, Curator and Artist, Singapore

    Zhuang Wubin

    Zhuang Wubin is an image researcher, independent writer, curator and artist. Zhuang focuses on the photographic practices of Southeast Asia and Hong Kong. He employs photography to understand the cultures and histories of Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. He uses the medium as a prism to explore the following trajectories: photography and Chineseness, periodicals and photobooks as sites of historiography, and photography’s entanglements with nationalism and Cold War.

    Zhuang was the recipient of the Prince Claus Fund research grant (2010), a Lee Kong Chian research fellow at the National Library Board of Singapore (Dec 2017 to Jun 2018), and the major grantee of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant 2018. Zhuang is also an editorial board member of Trans-Asia Photography Review.

    He has been invited to research residency programmes at Institute Technology of Bandung (2013), Asia Art Archive (AAA), Hong Kong (2015 & 2018), and Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2017).

    Zhuang’s publications include Photography in Southeast Asia: A Survey (2016), published by NUS Press, and the photobook, Chinese Muslims in Indonesia (2011). He is the contributing curator of the Chiang Mai Photo Festival (CMPF; 2015, 2017, 2020). The exhibitions that he curated include ‘Documenting as Method: Photography in Southeast Asia’ (CMPF 2015) and ‘Ruptures and Revival: Cambodian Photography in the Last Decade’, presented by the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore in 2012.

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