PhotoBoox Award 2017

PhotoBoox Award 2017

The winner and the shortlisted dummies

(Text and pictures courtesy by PhotoLux)
We are glad to announce that the winner of the PhotoBoox Award 2017 is Mayumi Suzuki with her dummy The Restoration Will.

This outstanding dummy tells, visually, the story of the loss of the photographer’s parents in the 2011 tsunami that occurred in Japan.
The jury found the visual story and the narrative very powerful and also perceived the struggle in finding an adequate way of telling the story of a personal loss of such magnitude.
With the decision of awarding Mayumi Suzuki the jury is offering their support for the completion of this very personal project by turning this already strong dummy into a book. We realise how something that might have started as a way to deal with a personal loss, can turn into a project to share with a larger audience. Reflected in this dummy, we see the struggle of the author and the challenges she had to face and therefore we believe it has a huge potential. She was able to show her vulnerability on the pages but not always she seems capable of finding a reaction to it on her own.

Furthermore, the jury awarded Miki Hasegawa‘s dummy Internal Notebook with the Special Mention.


The structure of the dummy reveals an eclectic use of notebook style and a very thorough research. The dummy deals with the emotional cries of children raised in abusive homes. The jury was impressed by the way Miki Hasegawa approached this extremely difficult subject. A book not easy to digest but nonetheless very significant. We found it remarkable how she tells the stories in such a respectful, delicate way.

The other 4 shortlisted dummies are:
Olga Bushkova, How I tried to convince my husband to have children
Keiji Fujimoto, Forget-me-not
Hiroshi Okamoto, We do not need you, here / If I could only fly
Thi My Lien Nguyen, Hiêu Thào/With love and respect
Congrats to the winner and all the authors of the shortlisted projects and thanks to all of you who sent a dummy!
See you in Lucca in November for the book launch of “The Restoration Will” and the presentation of the other shortlisted dummies! Enjoy!
photoboox award 2017 winners and shortlisted dummies

Overview of the winner books, and the shortlisted.
Above, from left to right:
Mayumi Suzuki “The Restoration Will”, winner
Miki Hasegawa “Internal Notebook”, special mention
below, from left to right:
Thi My Lien Nguyen “Hiêu Thào/With love and respect”
Hiroshi Okamoto “We do not need you, here / If I could only fly”
Keiji Fujimoto “Forget-me-not”
Olga Bushkova “How I tried to convince my husband to have children”

On the occasion of Photolux Festival International Biennial of Photography 2017, PHOTOLUXEyesOpen! and ceiba editions promote an international call for photobooks, the PhotoBoox Award 2017.

The award is aimed to recognize the best unpublished projects, giving them a broad visibility and a chance for publication. All dummies will go into the Photolux archive and book collection. The shortlisted projects will be presented in a dedicated talk during the main weekend of the Festival and featured on Photolux Festival and ceiba editions websites. The winning project will be produced and published by ceiba editions, with the sponsorship of PHOTOLUX and the support of EyesOpen!, and will be presented during the Festival.

In addition, EyesOpen! will feature the best projects in their print magazine!


The PhotoBoox Award 2017 is aimed to recognize the best unpublished projects, giving them a broad visibility and a chance for publication by ceiba editions.


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