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Judging for the 2022 One Photo Challenge is now underway! The Finalists will be announced on July 25th, and the Winners will be revealed on August 15th. Sign up for competition updates.
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In the modern age, everyone carries an incredible camera in their pocket, and has the ability to snap an incredible architectural photograph at any moment. As a result, we are served up millions of extraordinary images every day on Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok and beyond. This provides a visual feast, but it can also be overwhelming.
In an ocean of images, it takes a special image to make us stop, take a moment, and truly appreciate the unique place that it depicts. What kind of photograph can capture the true essence of a piece of architecture? What can it tell us about the people that live, work and play within it? Can a photograph tell us a larger story about the cultural context of a home, city or country?
This is the One Photo Challenge:
Can you create a single photo that tells a compelling story about architecture, its inhabitants and our wider world?
2 Top Winners — one student and one non-student
will each win the following:
Featured Entry on Architizer Journal
Top Billing in the Official One Photo Winner's Announcement (See last year's announcement)
An Exclusive Interview
A personal spotlight published in Architizer Journal (See one of last year's interviews)
2 Top Winners and 10 Commended Entries will all feature in our special Winners' Announcement on Architizer Journal. 100 finalists will be published in Architizer's major annual feature, "100 Photos That Tell Powerful Stories About Architecture" (see last year's feature), to be distributed to Architizer's community including 115,000 newsletter subscribers and 4+ million social media followers!
Submit one photograph that powerfully communicates an architectural form or space, capturing the essence of the place and the experience of those that inhabit it. It can be located anywhere in the world and be at any scale. It can be taken from a wide angle or close up, show a whole building or just a detail, and be located anywhere in the world. As long as your photo portrays part or all of a building or group of buildings, it is eligible. This should be accompanied by a short description of your photograph, no more than 150 words.
This year, special attention will be given to photographs depicting architecture that is intrinsically tied to our shared place and time — the world in 2022. Images that encapsulate the atmosphere and emotion of a particular place, through the lens of architecture, are most likely to be rewarded.
Deadlines and Entry Fees
Opening Call for Entries
Monday, May 9th, 2022
Early Bird Deadline
Friday, May 27th, 2022
Students $35 | Non-Students $50
Regular Entry Deadline
Friday, June 24th, 2022
Students $45 | Non-Students $65
Late Entry Deadline
Friday, July 15th, 2022
Students $55 | Non-Students $75
The One Photo Challenge Jury comprises renowned practitioners from the world of architectural photography, each with a unique approach to their craft. These industry leaders are actively shaping the art of architectural photography today, both online and in the built environment. Select jurors include:
Aldo AmorettiMulti A+Award-winning photographer who has captured the work of renowned architects such as Peter Zumthor, BIG and more.
Paul ClemenceRenowned architectural photographer and founder of the huge Archi-Photo community, home to almost 1 million followers!
Hufton + CrowWorld-renowned photographers Nick Hufton and Al Crow, whose clients include Zaha Hadid Architects, BIG and Heatherwick Studio.
Paul KeskeysArchitect and Content Director at Architizer, who has also been published in Architectural Digest, Archinect and PIN–UP Magazine.
Ema PeterMulti-award-winning architectural photographer, including a plethora of A+Awards.
Yener TorunTurkish architect and photographer otherwise known as cimkedi; creator of the world's most colorful architectural photography series!
Sebastian WeissOtherwise known as le_blanc — Instagram’s most popular photographer of minimalist architectural details.
Krista JahnkeOne of Canada’s leading architectural photographers, working with renowned architects throughout North America.
Ana MelloRenowned Brazilian architectural photographer, published and exhibited in Brazil and worldwide.
Vivien LiuFounder of Studio UNIT, a Hong Kong-based studio for Architecture, Interior, Portrait and Lifestyle photography. Recipient of the Best Female Photography Award by #legend in 2017.
Get Your Work on the Global Stage
The One Photo Challenge lives at Architizer.com, the largest online community of architects on the planet, with an audience 5+ million strong. Shortlisted photographs, as well as two Winners, will be featured on Architizer.com to be shared with millions on social media and distributed to Architizer’s 125,000 weekly email subscribers.
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