Landscapes of the Anthropocene by Acropoli Association

Landscapes of the Anthropocene by Acropoli Association

Deadline: September 6, 2020
Entry Fee: Free
Prizes: €250, honourable mention, participation in the exhibition

The Acropoli Association, in collaboration with the Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino, is launching a photographic competition for young emerging photographers on the theme of “Landscapes of the Anthropocene”.

The call is open to all people between 18 and 40 years old (students, emerging photographers, amateur photographers, etc.).

Who We Are

Acropoli is a student association, born within the University of Trento. Acropoli works as a platform for the promotion of the most innovative aspects of design and architecture. Our goal is to stimulate and support the growth of young professional and students: Acropoli has developed a strong and creative network among those on the one side and the professional and cultural world on the other.


The aim of the competition is to investigate and think on the current geological era, the result of man’s action transforming the environment, the landscape and the spaces we live in. Among the causes that determined the beginning of the human era there is a model of consumerist development, which radically changes the nature and aesthetics of places in order to satisfy the needs of the production, distribution and disposal systems of resources and goods. The result? Large- and small-scale environments with a vibrant, monumental, alienating or sublime character and a strong visual impact.

Photographic Projects

The competition aims at collecting a series of photographic collections able to tell, from an interesting and original perspective, some of the spaces meaningful in the narrative about human impact on environment and landscapes. The focus will be placed on the effects produced by actions in the phases of production, distribution and wasting of resources.


  • Systems of production and extraction
    Raw material extraction sites, renewable and non-renewable energy production sites, intensive and extensive farming, agricultural systems, etc.
  • Systems of distribution
    Stores, ports, freight villages, airports, distribution and exchange centres, road infrastructure, etc.
  • Systems of waste and disposal
    Landfills, waste-to-energy plants, waste treatment systems, accumulation and abandonment of waste, places for the disposal of technological products, etc.


The pictures selected within the competiton will be shown in “Landscapes of the Anthropocene”, whose architectural exhibition will be designed in a design workshop “Chiasma2020”, organized for September by the Acropoli Association. The exhibition will be held at Gallerie Piedicastello in Trento – one of the most important and visited museums in the city – from March 2021 for a duration of 9 months. Winning photographers will have the opportunity to show their photos next to the amazing ones taken by Tom Hegen during the whole exhibition.

Tom Hegen

The incredible and majestic shots of the German photographer Tom Hegen will be the main thread of the exhibition narrative. An internationally renowned German photographer and designer, Hegen has shown that he is particularly attached to the question of man’s impact on the environment. With his aerial shots, he tries to raise awareness of the theme of Anthropocene, showing the power of human force in changing our planet.


The jury that will select the winners of the competition is composed of the following members:

  • Acropoli Association, organizer of the photographic exhibition
  • Tom Hegen, main photographer
  • Fondazione Gallerie di Piedicastello, project collaborator
  • Massimo Bernardi, curator of the cultural and research project of the exhibition


Selected photographs will be exhibited within the “Antropocene” exhibition in an evocative space, alongside the work of the internationally renowned photographer Tom Hegen. The selected shots will also be published in a dedicated catalogue. The printing costs will be covered by the organizers of the exhibition.

For each theme category a winner will be selected, each of which will be awarded a prize of 250€. In addition, the runner-up of each category will be awarded an honourable mention and will be able to display their photographs during the exhibition.


  • Call opening: 10th August 2020 at 8.00
  • Registration deadline: 6th September 2020 at 23.59
  • Announcement of the selected photographers: 30th September 2020
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