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Despite the current circumstances, we are determined to organise the fifth SELF PUBLISH RIGA edition this year as part of Riga Photomonth 2021, whatever form the event might take, and we are waiting for your book dummies till May 17th 2021. 
We still expect the physical dummy as we hope to be allowed to open a pop-up photobook exhibition this Summer, but as the jury work will take place both at the ISSP office in Riga and online, we also would need you to send us your dummy in a pdf format.


The author of the winning dummy will be awarded an exhibition at the ISSP Gallery as part of the next SELF PUBLISH RIGA edition. 

Additionally, we have teamed up with a top service provider fineArtPrint to grant 500 EUR credit towards printing and framing to the author of the best dummy from the Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia).

A shortlist of the submitted dummies will be displayed at SELF PUBLISH RIGA exhibition, we hope to organise Summer 2021 at the ISSP Gallery in Riga. The shortlist and the winners will be announced in the end of May 2021.


Bruno Ceschel (Italy) – founder and director of Self Publish, Be Happy, a visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL).
Evita Goze (Latvia) – curator of ISSP Gallery and SELF PUBLISH RIGA, independent writer, photographer.
Milo Montelli (Italy) – founder and director of the independent publishing house Skinnerboox.
Alexey Murashko (Latvia) – book designer, typographer.
Daria Tuminas (Russia / the Netherlands) – researcher, photographer and curator. Previously head of Unseen Book Market and the Dummy Award at Unseen Amsterdam. Curator at FOTODOK.


The photobook dummy must be classified as a dummy book. This can either be a scrapbook dummy, or a self-published book with an edition size of under 50. Books with a registration number (ISBN) are not considered dummies and will not make it to the shortlist.  
By submitting your photobook dummy you agree to the SELF PUBLISH RIGA terms and conditions.


Please fill in the Application form, attach a PDF of your dummy (max 50 MB) and submit it electronically by May 17. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, but each dummy must be submitted as a separate application. 

Additionally, please send the physical dummy to:

Berga Bazārs, Marijas 13 k3
Riga LV-1050

All dummies must arrive at the ISSP office by May 17 (delivery deadline). Make sure that your name and the book title is clearly indicated. If your book is not shortlisted for the exhibition and you would like it to be returned, the shipping costs are the authors' responsibility - we will contact you after the event.


The submission fee per dummy is 10 EUR, which covers a part of the administrative expenses of the contest. The fee must be paid via Paypal account (credit cards can also be used) before submitting the application form. To avoid misunderstandings, please enter SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2021 and the exact name of the author when paying the charges.


By submitting your work you grant us permission to exhibit your dummy photobook during SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2021 and to use it for promotional and educational purposes. All exhibited dummies will remain at the ISSP library.

By accepting the terms and conditions, the participant declares that he/she is the owner of all copyright, usage, application and other protection rights, or if he/she is not the owner of these rights – that he/she has the permission of the owners of these rights and is able to use them without a time or spatial limit.

The author of the winning dummy will be awarded an exhibition at the ISSP Gallery as part of the next SELF PUBLISH RIGA edition in 2023. The gallery reserves the right – in close consultation with the author – to adapt the material of the winning dummy to the exhibition space and to optimise production, if necessary.


If you have any questions regarding submissions, please contact: evita@issp.lv