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FAQs

Can I log in with my existing Architizer username & password?

We have updated our system, and you must now use your Architizer login credentials to access your account. Please sign in through Architizer or create a new account.

What file types can I submit?

Each file uploaded should be a maximum size of 10mb file size. JPEGs are recommended, though PNGs and PDFs are acceptable. For image quality we recommend an image size of at least 2000 pixels wide at 72 dpi.

What dimensions should my photo have?

Submit 1 image with a minimum width of 2000 pixels. Your image can have portrait, landscape or square proportions, but we recommend to avoid extremely long or extremely wide images so that your image can easily be viewed on a computer screen.

What type of photos can be submitted?

Your photo 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.

Submissions should be ONE photo rather than a collage, but photographic panoramas are acceptable (multiple images stitched together to form one, continuous photograph of a scene).

Is there an entry fee for submitting?

There is an entry fee for submitting, which is used to help run the competition and make it sustainable to do so. Entry fee discounts are offered for students, and the earlier you enter, the lower the fee. Entries fees for each period of the competition is as follows:

Early Bird Enter before midnight on March 20th, 2020: Students $35 | Non-Students $50
Regular Enter before midnight on April 17th, 2020: Students $45 | Non-Students $65
Late Enter before midnight on May 1st, 2020: Students $55 | Non-Students $75

Can I submit more than one photo?

Yes! You can submit as many photos as you like, but each counts as a separate entry with its own entry fee.

Can my photo be of an old building, or does it have to be modern?

It can be old or new, and in any condition (run-down, ruined, abandoned, new or refurbished architecture is eligible. Your photo should create a narrative and capture the experience of those that would inhabit it in some way.

Can I edit or manipulate my photo using software?

Minor edits to photographs — for example, to lighten, darken, increase sharpness or clarity, tweak colors slightly, or reduce distortion — are permitted. Photo collages are not permitted, but photographic panoramas are acceptable (multiple images stitched together to form one, continuous photograph of a scene). Wholesale digital manipulation that fundamentally changes the nature of a photograph is not permitted. Judgement over a photo's eligibility in this regard is at the discretion of Architizer's in-house jury, and decisions are final. If you are unsure if your photograph is eligible, please email us at competitions@architizer.com and we'll be glad to help.

How will my photos be judged?

Submissions will be judged online according to three key criteria: Communication, aesthetics and impact. Definitions of those 3 terms can be found on the judging criteria page.

Can multiple people submit a photo as a team?

Yes! Teams of up to four can submit an entry. One person in the team must be designated the “team leader”. In the event a team wins, prize money will be given to the team leader and they will be responsible for distributing the prize among their team members.

How can I be sure you have received my entry?

You will see a confirmation page noting your entry number and will also receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your entry. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 24hrs, please email competitions@architizer.com.

Can I withdraw my entry? Will I get a refund?

You may withdraw your entry by emailing competitions@architizer.com. Refunds WILL be issued for entries that are withdrawn within 48 hours of being submitted. Refunds WILL NOT be issued for entries withdrawn after 48 hours of being submitted.

Do I have to be based in the United States to participate?

No. The Architizer One Photo Challenge is a global awards program.

I just graduated. Can I enter as a Student?

Class of 2020 students that just graduated or are about to graduate can enter as Students. Please use your student email address as this will help us verify your status with your University in the event that you are selected as a Winner. If you graduated in 2019 or earlier, you must enter as a Non-Student.

Does the entry description need to be in English?

Yes. In order to ensure our judges are able to review and score your work we require your descriptions to be submitted in english.

Is judging anonymous?

Yes. The entrant’s identity will not be revealed to the jurors during voting.

Do I need to be an architect or photographer to enter?

No! The One Photo Challenge celebrates the way in which architecture impacts all of us, and is open to anyone with a camera. Students, design enthusiasts and the general public are encouraged to submit.

Who is the One Photo Challenge jury?

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.

What is the One Photo 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

Is it possible to receive the judges rating and/or comments for my entry?

Unfortunately due to the high volume of entries, Architizer cannot offer individual comments to its entrants.

How many entrants will win the One Photo Challenge?

100 entrants will be shortlisted. Out of these Finalists, two (2) winners will be selected by our Jury to win the $2500 cash prize, with 10 runners-up. There will be one student winner and one non-student winner. Student Winners will be verified through their university before receiving the prize.

What do I get if I win the One Photo Challenge or if my entry is chosen as a Finalist?

To help promote achievement, Finalists will receive coverage on Architizer.com and in Architizer’s social media channels. Finalists are also featured in the “One Photo” ebook, published by Architizer. Two Winners will receive a $2,500 cash prize.

Further Help and Support

If the questions above don't answer your question, please email us at competitions@architizer.com and we'll be glad to help.

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