Photo Of The Year 2021 Architectural Landscapes

First prize: 5,000 euros


Photo Of The Year is an international photo competition for architecture students in celebration of the significance of architectural photography for the development of architecture. This marks the third instalment of the annual competition, which is supported by Dinesen and the Dreyer Foundation.

The theme of this year’s competition, Architectural Landscapes, is focused on the interaction of architecture and landscape – or the lack of it. In a time when landscape and nature are undergoing dramatic transformation, we wish to address how architectural and landscape photography can help spark debate and engage in the conversation about how we plan and build in interaction with nature. Jury member, architect and photographer Christina Capetillo, who specializes in contemporary landscapes, observes:

‘We need different representations and new narratives about the earth that can make us change our behaviour. Nature goes from land to landscape through imagery, and highlighting one aspect over another draws nature close and turns the landscape into an image we can relate to. Photography has the potential to reshape the way we perceive and relate to nature. Photography is co-creative and influences our approach to the future.’


First prize: 5,000 euros
Second prize: 2,000 euros
Third prize: 1,000 euros


Contestants must be enrolled in a school of architecture or have completed an architectural degree in 2021. You may also enter if you are enrolled in a PhD programme at a school of architecture, are on leave from your architectural studies or are currently working in an architecture internship.

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