International Architecture Photo Competition for Students - Aarhus School of Architecture


International Architecture Photo Competition for Students – Aarhus School of Architecture

International Architecture Photo Competition for Students

Deadline: September 1, 2019
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: €1,000, €2,000, €5,000

Architectural photography is a special discipline which, like drawing, has a strong connection to the development of architecture. The potential of architectural photography – also for artistic development – helps challenge the way we look at and work with architecture, and in an image filled world, the media is today more relevant than ever before. The best architectural photographers have close ties to the world of arts, hold academic degrees, and think photography as architecture.

By launching the new competition, Aarhus School of Architecture wants to look into how architectural photography can generate debates and be part of the discussion on how we plan and build for people.

Although the introduction of new technologies has affected photography, all media are welcome, analogue as well as digital, colour as well as black and white, post-processed or unedited, zoom or panorama, as long as the photograph interprets the architecture through a visual orchestration, gives the spectators room to read into the images their own spatial experiences, relations and memories, and shows how the architecture is used.

The theme of the competition is Architecture and People

The drawings of architects typically feature people, but when it comes to photography, they are often absent. The competition encourages students of architecture to look at architecture in interaction with the users, with the children, young and old people who live, work – and die – in architecture.

The competition also calls for new ways of representing architecture – be it through photos taken at night or in the daytime, in artificial light or in daylight.


  • 1st prize: 5000 euro
  • 2nd prize: 2000 euro
  • 3rd prize: 1000 euro

The winners will be revealed on 7 October 2019, and a selection of the submitted entries will be exhibited.

Participation requirements

Participants must be enrolled in a school of architecture or have completed an architectural education in 2019. You can also participate if you are enrolled as a PhD student at a school of architecture, are on leave from your studies, or are doing an internship.

To participate in the competition, you must submit a series of five pictures. The theme of the competition is ARCHITECTURE AND PEOPLE, and the images must relate to this theme. However, you are allowed to interpret the theme freely; and the competition welcomes experiments.


It is important that we receive your images before 12.00 noon (CET) on 1 September. Entries we receive after this date and time will not be considered.



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