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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. For any designer, exposure is the key to success. The One Photo Challenge provides creative people at any phase of their career — from undergraduate students to those with decades of professional experience — the opportunity to share their work with the world.

Shortlisted photos, as well as two Winners, will be featured in Architizer Journal and in the “One Photo” ebook, to be shared with 4+ million on social media and distributed to Architizer’s 170,000 weekly email subscribers.

Competition Brief

Submit one photograph that powerfully communicates a piece of architecture and the experience of those who inhabit it. It can be located anywhere in the world and portray any style of architecture, historic to contemporary. It can show an individual detail, a whole building or an entire cityscape. As long as it portrays part or all of a building or group of buildings, it is eligible. Remember — the challenge is to tell a story with your image, so think about what narrative your photo communicates.


Two top winners (1 student and 1 non-student) will receive:

  • $2,500 prize money
  • Coverage on Architizer Journal and social media promotion
  • An exclusive interview published on Architizer

10 Runners-up will receive:

  • Featured entry in Architizer's Winners' Announcement
  • Additional coverage on Architizer Journal and social media promotion

100 Finalists (including the above winners and runners-up) will also be published on Architizer and celebrated with thousands of architecture firms online, plus millions more via Architizer's social media channels.

How to Win

The top 100 photos will be selected by Architizer's team of in-house competition jurors. These shortlisted entries will then be scored by our expert jury, with 2 photos crowned overall winners.

Challenge Timeline

  • Opening Call for Entries Monday, February 15th, 2021
  • Early Deadline Friday, March 5th, 2021
  • Regular Deadline Friday, March 26th, 2021
  • Late Entry Deadline Friday, April 16th, 2021
  • Winners Announced Monday, May 17th 2021


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:

Ema Peter, multi-award-winning architectural photographer
Sebastian Weiss, otherwise known as le_blanc — Instagram’s most popular photographer of minimalist architectural details
Paul Clemence, renowned architectural photographer and founder of the huge Archi-Photo community, home to almost 1 million followers!

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

Submission Format

1 image with a mimimum width of 2000 pixels (max. file size 10mb) in JPEG format, and a 150-word accompanying description. The single image should portray an existing building, interior space, architectural detail or a group of buildings, and can be taken using any camera or camera phone.

Entry Fees

Early Bird Enter before midnight on March 5th, 2021: Students $35 | Non-Students $50
Regular Enter before midnight on March 26th, 2021: Students $45 | Non-Students $65
Late Enter before midnight on April 16th, 2021: Students $55 | Non-Students $75

Team entries are permissible; you are allowed up to 4 team members. 1 designated team leader is reponsible for distributing the prize among team members in the event that your team wins.

Competition FAQs

Check out the FAQ section for common questions about the competition. If you don't find the answer to your question there, please email us at competitions@architizer.com and we'll be glad to help.

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