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UPDATE The 2nd Annual One Photo Challenge launches on February 15th, 2021!
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With the birth of the smartphone, millions of people around the world gained access to incredibly advanced cameras, opening up the world of architectural photography to the global public. But while anyone can snap a photo, it takes more to create a truly compelling image. What kind of photograph captures the essence of a place? 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 capture a single photograph that tells a compelling story about architecture and its inhabitants?

Prizes for Top Winners

2 x $2,500 Cash Prizes for Top Winners

(1 Student, 1 Non-Student)

Publication in Architizer's Special Annual Feature "100 Photos That Tell Powerful Stories About Architecture"

An exclusive interview discussing your work on Architzer Journal, shared with 4.5M+

Background Photo: "Women Gather" by Bruce Engel, Non-Student Winner in last year's One Photo Challenge


2 Top Winners — one student and one non-student — will each win the following:

Cash prize
Instant Camera
Fujifilm Instax Wide + Twin Pack of Film
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 last year's interview)

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", to be distributed to Architizer's community including 115,000 newsletter subscribers and 4+ million social media followers!

Competition Brief

Submit one photograph that powerfully communicates an architectural form or space, capturing the essence of the place and the experience of those that would 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.


The jury comprises practitioners and thought leaders from the worlds of architecture and photography, each of whom appreciate the art of capturing the built environment. Confirmed jurors include:

Aldo Amoretti

Multi A+Award-winning photographer who has captured the work of renowned architects such as Peter Zumthor, BIG and more.

Paul Clemence

Renowned architectural photographer and founder of the huge Archi-Photo community, home to almost 1 million followers!

Hufton + Crow

World-renowned photographers Nick Hufton and Al Crow, whose clients include Zaha Hadid Architects, BIG and Heatherwick Studio.

Paul Keskeys

Architect and Content Director at Architizer, who has also been published in Architectural Digest, Archinect and PIN–UP Magazine.

Ema Peter

Multi-award-winning architectural photographer, including a plethora of A+Awards.

Yener Torun

Turkish architect and photographer otherwise known as cimkedi; creator of the world's most colorful architectural photography series!

Sebastian Weiss

Otherwise known as le_blanc — Instagram’s most popular photographer of minimalist architectural details.

Krista Jahnke

One of Canada’s leading architectural photographers, working with renowned architects throughout North America.

Ana Mello

Renowned Brazilian architectural photographer, published and exhibited in Brazil and worldwide.

The jury will include more thought leaders from the worlds of architecture and photography alike — watch this space for updates!

View Judging Criteria

Competition Deadlines and Entry Fees

Early Bird

Enter before March 5th, 2021

Students $35 | Non-Students $50


Enter before March 26th, 2021

Students $45 | Non-Students $65


Enter before April 16th, 2021

Students $55 | Non-Students $75

Background Photo: "The Twist Museum" by Laurian Ghinitoiu, Commended Entry in last year's One Photo Challenge

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 and in the “One Photo” ebook, to be shared with millions on social media and distributed to Architizer’s 170,000 weekly email subscribers.

About Architizer

Home to the world's largest community of architects online, Architizer’s core mission is to empower architects with the tools they need to build better buildings, better cities, and a better world. We connect architects with building-product manufacturers and inspire them through our informative content, awards programs, and global reach spotlighting the world’s best architecture.

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