Architectural Photography Award


22 November 2018

Kunsthalle, Budapest


28 November – 20 December 2017

Association of Hungarian Architects, Budapest


2 February – 1 March 2018

Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera, Prague


6 – 16 March 2018

Galeria Architektury SARP, Cracow


11 – 27 April 2018

Galéria Architektúry SAS, Bratislava


Architectural Photography Award launched by the Association of Hungarian Architects and the Hungarian Architecture magazine
The main objective of this contest is to encourage and inspire thinking about our man-made environment via architecture-related photographs.


However equipped we are with the genious technical achievements of the 21st century and the illusions of high-tech, we are still puzzled by the invention of photography which goes back to a past of two centuries. How can a moment of bygone times be preserved and stay with us? How is it possible that so many personal emotions and thoughts are provoked by a single sheet of paper, or an image frozen on the screen of a computer? This is the magic we are now trying to evoke when publishing our new international photo contest titled Here We Are. This is a time when we can have a closer look at the tiniest details and open our hearts to the world of our own imagination.

András Krizsán DLA
Chairman of the Association of Hungarian Architects


The year 2012 saw the moment when 50 % of the entire population of Planet Earth became a town- or citydweller. Since then the significance of our built environment has risen to an unprecedented new scale and level which makes a world of difference compared to earlier periods of human history.

This change of proportions is clearly reflected in the spread and evolution of architectural photography which we experience all round the world nowadays. Our image of man-made environments as well as our co-existence with urban phenomena produce new aspects from time to time. This contest is targeted to raise awareness of all these tendencies: to view the buildings and humans, the urban sphere and the lives of cities and towns, the relations between natural and urban landscapes with an open-minded approach. As the publishers of this contest we would like to move architectural photography over the boundaries of its professional medium in order to bring it closer to the wider public of non-professionals.
For several millennia now, the essence of visual arts has been thinking about the relationship between mankind and its environment in images. In the 21st century the humanisation of our artificial environment has evolved into a key issue. For a long time now architecture has not been exclusively a case of professionals specialized in architecture. In the wake of this tendency, architectural photography has also grown out of its former status: instead of being part of the creative activities of photographers who work in co-operation with architects, it has turned into a communicating medium using images in comprehensive dialogues to engage areas of society, psychology, aesthetics and technology concerning society as such.


An exhibition is going to be opened in Budapest in November, 2017 to present the winning as well as the shortlisted finalist photos of the contest. From here the exhibition is to be moved on to Bratislava, Prague and Cracow at the beginning of the year 2018.
All the photos exhibited are also to be published in a special issue of the Hungarian Architecture magazine exclusively devoted to this topic.
We are hereby inviting photographs in two categories: open and professional.


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IWAN BAAN photographer

Iwan Baan photographer. He studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and worked in publishing and documentary photography. He known primarily for images that narrate the life and interactions that occur within architecture. His images of the Torre David in Caracas – a series that won Baan the Golden Lion for Best Installation at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. He has been awarded by Julius Shulman Photography Award in 2010, and the AIA New York’s Stephen A. Kliment Oculus Award (2016). In 2011, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in contemporary architecture world by the magazine Il Magazine dell’Architettura on occasion of their 100th issue.

TAMÁS BUJNOVSZKY architectural photographer, photo editor of the Hungarian Architecture magazine

Tamás Bujnovszky architectural photographer, the editor of the Hungarian Architecture magazine since 2006. He has been continuously active with his works in international and Hungarian architectural photography. In 2012 he has been shortlisted in the Sony Photography Award. As a photographer he has contributed to projects of contemporary Hungarian architecture winning several international prizes.

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NICOLAS GROSPIERRE artist and photographer

Nicolas Grospierre artist and photographer. He has presented several collective and individual exhibitions in Poland, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Australia, China and the USA. In 2008, his exhibition Hotel Polonia won Golden Lion at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale for best National participation. In 2009, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Poland awarded his activity.

ANDRÁS KRIZSÁN DLA architect, President of the Association of Hungarian Architects

András Krizsán DLA architect, senior designer with MODUM Építésziroda Kft. is the President of the Association of Hungarian Architects. What the buildings constructed after his designs have in common is their creative adjustment to their artificial environment. His public buildings and residential buildings as well as his excellent works and activities to preserve and protect architectural values of certain settlements and to beautify local environments have earned him several highly prestigious architectural awards. His building named the New Generation Centre built in Zánka has been shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award of contemporary European architecture.

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JOSEF SCHULZ photographer

Josef Schulz photographer. He had numerous exhibitions all over the world, and was part of important photo festivals, like CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto and FIF, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Josef Schulz won the European Architectural Photography Prize 2001 and got a Grant of the ZF-Kulturstiftung Friedrichshafen, the Kodak und Large Format Inkjet Award and was the Winner of the Festival „Voies Off“ de Recontres d Arles, France. His work is represented in the prestigious collections like UBS, Deutscher Bundestag, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Deutsche Börse and FRAC, France.

JAN STEMPEL professor of architecture, head of department, CTU, Prague

Jan Stempel architect, head of the Department of Architectural Design, University of Technology, Prague. Born in the Slovak Republic, he graduated from the Budapest University of Technology as an architect. From 1984 till 1991 he worked with Libereci SIAL studio, then became co-owner of A.D.N.S., a Prague-based office of architects between 1991 and 2004. He has co-operated in several architectural projects, including a variety of new buildings as well as modernizations. As of today, he works for his own studio (Stempel & Tesar).

GYÖRGY SZEGŐ DLA architect, editor-in-chief of the Hungarian Architecture magazine

György Szegő DLA architect, art author, editor, curator of several exhibitions of architecture, photography and fine arts. He had an exhibition in the 1970s where he presented a variety of uses of photographs, then he was the stage designer of productions in the Gergely Csiky Theatre in Kaposvár between 1978 and 1988. From 2001 on, he has been editor-in-chief at the Hungarian Architecture magazine. Since 2014 he has been the art director of Kunsthalle Budapest.


15. 06. 2017

Publishing the call for entries

07. 08. 2017

Registration starts

30. 09. 2017

Latest date for submitting photographs

15. 10. 2017

Publishing the finalists

22. 11. 2017

Results and opening the exhibition


OPEN category

First Prize – 700 €
10 Shortlisted

Registration fee: 25 €



First Prize – 1500 €
10 Shortlisted

Registration fee: 50 €

Only photos made no earlier than 1st January, 2014 are eligible in this contest.
By submitting the photos, the applicant also agrees to its later use in communication associated with the contest.
Photos selected as finalists need to be submitted also in printable, high-resolution TIF formats.


Technical criteria

5 individual images or series (of 6 images maximum)
max. 2 MB / jpg / RGB / exif
file name: Photographer’sName_building_location_year (without diacritics), e.g.: MintaPeter_school_budapest_2017.jpg
for series: Photographer’sName_building_location_year_ordinal (without diacritics), e.g: MintaPeter_school_budapest_2017_1.jpg

07. 08. 2017 – 30. 09. 2017

The registration for Architectural Photography Award 2017 is closed.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at:!


Which category should I register for?

Open category: Applicants who do not yet practise architectural photography as professionals are requested to apply here. If you mean to give yourself a chance to try your skills, please apply in the open category.

Professional category: If you are a professional architectural photographer or publish photos, work for clients, and wish to be challenged and assessed amongst your fellow professionals, please choose the professionals’ category.

How should I register for the contest?

Via the webpage by filling in the registration which opens by clicking on it, and by accepting the conditions detailed here. Registration deadline: 30 September 2017, 12 midnight

How many photographs can one applicant submit?

A maximum of 5 individual photos or a maximum of 5 series can be submitted by the applicant. A series includes maximum 6 images.

How can I pay the registration fee?

We can accept fees via PayPal system. Prices include VAT. (Via PayPal you can pay with creditcard as well without giving the recipients bank details.) If you request an invoice for your registration fee, please contact us:

How can I submit entries?

After being registered in the system, each applicant can enter his or her own online surface to upload the entries.

Is there a chance to modify my uploadings?

Yes, up until the deadline for submitting works. You can modify, delete or exchange the photos you have already uploaded.

Who are eligible applicants?

This contest is open to individuals only. No teams’ or companies’ photographs are going to be accepted.

What are the criteria for assessment that the jury is going to take into consideration?

The jury is going to consider the following aspects of assessment:

  • concept
  • artistic values and merits
  • technical implementation

Is the jury’s assessment open to the public?

No, it isn’t. Applicants not selected for the finals are not going to be notified about details of the jury’s assessment.

When and how am I going to get feedback for the image(s) I submitted?

We are going to inform each applicant of the entries selected by the jury for the finals from October 9th on, and we are going to ask them to submit their photos in their original printable sizes in order to publish them in the catalogue of the exhibition in a special issue of the Hungarian Architecture magazine.

What are the technical parametres for the photographs?

Photos submitted must be max. 2 MB jpg format RGB images with accessible exif data. Files are to be named in a format as follows: Photographer’sName_building_location_year (without diacritics), e.g.: MintaPeter_school_budapest_2017.jpg. For series: Photographer’sName_building_location_year_ordinal (without diacritics), e.g.: MintaPeter_school_budapest_2017_1.jpg.
Please notice that later on we are going to need and ask for the images in printable sizes (high resolution TIF) for purposes of publications.


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