The associations European House of Architecture – Upper Rhine and La Chambre are working together to enhance architectural photography. For every new edition of their festival Les Journées de l’architecture (The Days of Architecture), both associations care to offer a discovery of architecture through original photos and exhibitions, introducing to their audiences the work of international photographers.

In 2010, these two associations took the decision of expanding their fields of cooperation by launching the Archifoto– international awards of architectural photography contest. Archifoto aims to become a reference award by rewarding the photographers whose vision help us understand architecture, the urban landscape and the world…

The creative and documentary selection of Archifoto could become an original corpus about the complexity and the scale of architecture nowadays, seen through the eyes of those who live within.

Upload the rules and regulation of Archifoto

Jury 2017

The judging panel of the contest shall meet on September 1st 2017 in order to designate the prizewinners.
Composition of the judging panel (may be subject to change)

Jury Chairman:
Alain BublexPhotographer
Jury members:
Guillaume GreffPhotographer
Andreas Ruby – Director of the Swiss Architecturemuseum (Basel)
A representative of the executive board of La Chambre
A representative of the executive board of the European House of Architecture – Upper Rhine
An employee of La Chambre
An employee of the European House of Architecture – Upper Rhine

2017 theme

For this 2017 edition, The photography will have to follow the theme : CHANGE THE CITY, CHANGE LIFE

Infos

application opening
3rd July 2017

deadline
27th August – midnight Good news for the stragglers ! The deadline for submitting candidatures for Archifoto has been extended to 31st August

NEW !
Exhibition and publication

The exhibition of the winners pictures will take place from the 13th October to the 21st November on a 1000 marea in the heart of the “Petite France Historical Center” parking lot in Strasbourg. “L’architecture d’Aujourd’hui” (Architecture today) will publish a portfolio with the winner’s pictures in one of its fall issues.

FAQ

– I am under-age, can I still take part in the contest?
No, minors cannot take part in the contest.

– I am not a citizen of the European Union, can I still take part in the contest?
Yes, the contest has an international scope and is therefore opened to any legally adult person within their respective country, regardless of their nationality.

– I am a volunteer and/or a member of the European House of Architecture – Upper Rhine or La Chambre, can I still take part in the contest?
The contest is open to any legally adult person within their respective country, regardless of their age or nationality.
The persons unauthorized to take part in this contest are the following: anyone who has a juridical link to the organizing structure and the sponsors of this operation (permanent and occasional collaborators, their immediate family, ascendants, descendants, spouses or concubines). By «  occasional relationship » we mean any person who who has collaborated with La Chambre or the European House of Architecture (je sais pas si MEA ça se traduit exactement comme ça) more than twice during the calendar year 2017. Any infringement of this term will result in an automatic exclusion from this contest.
You can find this information in article 2 of the Archifoto rules and regulations.

– Are there registration fees?
Yes, we charge a management fee of 25€.

– What should be included in the application file?
The regulation, which is to download on this website, is closely detailing this question.

– How many photographs should I send?
You must send five photographs. You should make sure that they form a coherent set.

– The photographs must reflect the theme of the 2017 edition « Change the city, change the life ». But how should we interpret it?
It is precisely what the contest is about: the organizing members allow the entrants to let their imagination and the possibilities for them to freely address this subject according to their sensibility, experiences, beliefs, etc. The mandatory accompanying text (800 signs max) should help the photographers explaining their approach and verbalizing what they meant to say with their images.

– Will there be an exhibition of these photographs? And if so, where?
The artistic directions of La Chambre and the European House of Architecture – Upper Rhine will make a preliminary selection of photographs. Then, 30 to 40 photographs will be shortlisted by the jury, among which those who will receive prizes and mentions. This selection will be the subject of an exhibition in France, starting in October 2017 during the Days of Architecture. The organizing members will subsequently specify the dates and places of this exhibition.
The selected photographers must agree to cede without charge to La Chambre and the European House of Architecture – Upper Rhine their reproduction and representation rights, in exclusion of any commercial use. These photographs could be needed for the following activities: travelling exhibition on the artworks; communication referring to and promoting the event in the traditional medias and in the multimedia; potential publishing of a catalogue; supply and exploitation of a specific photographic deposit. The selected photographs will stay propriety of La Chambre and the European House of Architecture – Upper Rhine and will be filed in a specific deposit for this purpose.

– Is there buildings that requires a specific authorization for shooting and disseminating images?
It is usually not problematic to take pictures of any building excepting in the locations where photographs are prohibited for safety purposes and as part of the terrorist security plans (subways, military buildings, etc.) In these sort of cases, it is preferable to obtain an authorization delivered by the competent department (public transport company, Ministry of Defense…).
Concerning the other buildings is this authorization not mandatory, but must not prejudice the architect and/or the project owner. It is however recommended to contact the landlord and/or the resident of this building in order to explain the project. Then is it also preferable to contact the architect or the project owner to have their written authorization.

– How ist the jury selected?
The jury will be composed of German, French and Swiss personalities (organizing members, public and private sponsors and prominent people of the architectural and photographic world).

– Beside the 2000€ prize for the winner, you talked about “mentions” and “selection”, what is it all about?
Only one photographer will receive the Archifoto winnerprize.
The jury will determine various photographs based on their artwork, its quality and relevance. Five photographers will be part of these “mentions”. Their work will be enhanced in the travelling exhibition in the same way than the winner’s images.
Finally, beside the winnerprize and the five special mentions discerned by Archifoto, and whose artwork will be exhibited, the jury will chose the work of a dozen photographers. Their images will be part of a screening presentation during the exhibition and will be showcased on the Archifoto website.
Only the winner of the Archifoto prize receives a financial allocation (2 000€), the selected series that have been given a special feature by the jury (“mention” and “selection”) will be exhibited without financial compensation.

– When will the announcement of the results take place?
After the jury’s deliberation, the results will be communicated to the entrants in the course of the month of September 2017, only by email.

– When will the award ceremony take place?
The award ceremony and the potentially special mentions will take place in October 2017 at the occasion of the exhibition’s first opening The date and place of this event will be subsequently specified.