SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2016 - top 10

The ten contest finalists selected by our jury Erik Kessels, Gordon MacDonald, Hester Keijser, Vincent Marcilhacy and Tom Mrazauskas from over 170 books submitted:

Vojtěch Veškrna (CZ) - My Air Force (First Prize winner)

Hester Keijser on Vojtěch Veškrna's My Air Force : 

Without mention of author or title on the cover, the first thing you read when opening the book is a dedication to a certain Ondrej Fisher, "who left this earth in 2015". This way, the friend, in his absence, becomes the main character in My Air Force. The book talks equally about death, the dream of flying and the emotional bonds that exist between family and friends - of which Veskrna says it is what keeps him flying even if he is on the ground.

After several voting rounds and applying utmost scrutiny to all the contenders, the jury unanimously selected My Air Force as the winner of Self Publish Riga Award. It's a well rounded, fleet-footed book that will speak to an audience beyond those with an interest in photography: it has text to read, stories to piece together, deeper layers that draw on myths, and bit of mysteries that will never be resolved - all carried by a very precise use of photographs, both his own and ones taken from archives. To achieve such a balance in the editing requires delicacy and sensitivity, and Veskrna demonstrates to have both.


Anton Velichko (RU) - MY FRIEND  (Jury Special Mention)

Erik Kessels on Anton Velichko's MY FRIEND

Is a very touching publication on distance memories of two friends. Their friendship will maybe dissolve after both of them follow different paths in their life. The book deserves a special mention by the jury, not only because it created the most intense discussions, but also because as a simple flipbook it evokes a lot of emotion. It’s not always important how beautiful a photo book is executed, but how a certain story is told. In this case a very small, but touching story between two friends.

The jury likes to congratulate Anton Velichko with telling this story and making the smallest book entered in the competition into something really monumental and memorable.


Czar Kristoff Portin (PH) - Configurations


Dieter De Lathauwer (BE) - I loved my wife (killing children is good for the economy)


Ilyas Hajji (RU) - Anti/terror


Johannes Fiola (DE) - Prosfygika - A Social Experiment


Kapil Das (IN) - Rapunzel


Lewis Bush (UK) - Numbers in the Dark


Maria Kapajeva (UK) - Reading Apocrypha


Mary Hamill (IR) - Semper Augustus


SELF PUBLISH RIGA 2016 - shortlisted dummies 

38 dummies selected by the Jury to be presented at the SELF PUBLISH RIGA exhibition at the Railroad Museum in Riga from 13 May till 16 June: 

Adina Ionescu Muscel (Belgium) - Getting the extra beating heart out of my chest
Anastasia Bogomolova (Russia) - Lookbook
Anton Velichko (Russia) - MY FRIEND  
Czar Kristoff Portin (Philippines) - Configurations
Diego Mayon (Italy) - Grey Grass
Dieter De Lathauwer (Belgium) - I loved my wife (killing children is good for the economy)
Elaine Miller (USA) - Paradise: Lost
Erik Slot (The Netherlands) - Walls Vodka Lies
Eva Saukāne (Latvia) - The Roots (Audience Favorite!)
Florian Rainer (Austria) - Light rail
Hiroshi Okamoto (Japan ) - Recruit
Hristina Thaseva (The Netherlands) - The Woman with the Brown Hair
Ikuru Kuwajima (Russia) - Volga After Volga
Ilyas Hajji (Russia) - Anti/terror
Joachim Bogedal (Sweden) - Light + shape = Object
Johannes Fiola (Germany) - Prosfygika - A Social Experiment
John MacLean (UK) - Hometowns
Jolanta Dolewska (Scotland/UK) - Reservoir
Kapil Das (India) - Lumpy Gravy
Kapil Das (india) - Rapunzel
Laura Van Severen (Belgium) - Land
Lena Jakubčakova (Slovakia) - In Seclusion/File 44
Lewis Bush (UK) - Numbers in the Dark
Louis De Belle (Germany) - Besides Faith
Maki Hayashida (Japan) - The Pacific Tourist
Maria Kapajeva (UK) - Reading Apocrypha
Mary Hamill (Ireland) - Semper Augustus
Matthieu Litt (Belgium) - Horsehead Nebula
Miyuki Okuyama (The Netherlands) - Land of the setting sun
Natalia Kopkina (Finland) - MA-
Nicholas Pollack (USA) - Nothing gold can stay
Oliver Krebeck (Germany) - TRIP
Sara Palmieri (Italy) - La plume plongea la tete
Tine Bek Hansen (Scotland) - BAROK
Uldis Balga (Latvia) - Radiators (Nine ribs)
Valentino Bellini, Eileen Quinn (Italy) - Limbo
Voijtech Veskrna (Czech Republic) - My Air Force
Yuri Gudkov (Russia) - Keep an eye on what you see

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