Welcome to the very first #BIAPAwards

The judges have chosen the category winners and now you need to decide the two overall winners who will be announced at designjunction on 22 September


  • We will be celebrating photography that uses architecture in some capacity as its muse.
  • The awards are open to professionals and amateurs, who will be judged separately.
  • There are four categories. Each will have a professional and amateur winner and the two overall winners will be chosen from these eight.
  • A £1000 prize is on offer to the professional overall winner and an iGuzzini, Ron Arad-designed PizzaKobra light (value £1000) to our amateur overall winner.


The winners for the individual categories have been chosen by our judges. It is now your turn to vote for your winner.


At Blueprint we believe wholeheartedly in great architectural photography and within the pages allow the images — many of which we’ve commissioned ourselves — room to breathe and tell their story.

Of course, in editorial in magazines, we are usually talking about a certain kind of commercial, often marketing-led portrayal of buildings seeking to show them as the architect or developer sees them in their mind’s eye.

That, however is not what the #BIAPAwards are about! We want to celebrate architectural photography in a much wider sense. In these awards, architecture can be the hero, but also the villain if needs be; it can be the icon shouting ‘look at me’, or it can be the ghost; it can be the centre-screen focus, or glimpsed in peripheral vision.

Architecture is the starting point for these photographic awards, these photographic investigations and conversations around architecture and the urban environment.

The awards are also aimed not just at architectural photographers, but at everyone who likes to use photography as their medium and considers architecture a muse from photojournalists to artists, from urbanists to archivists.

We have created four awards categories open to professionals and amateurs alike, though both will be judged distinctly against their peers.

There is a £10 + VAT fee for amateurs and £30 + VAT for professionals which allows you to enter one of the following categories.


Architectural Narrative

For this we are looking for images where architecture can range from being the focus or the lynchpin, to being simply the muse or even the jumping-off point. We’re looking for photographic projects that seek to create a narrative with or around architecture.

(Up to three related photographs can be entered.)


Celebrating, capturing, denigrating, provoking, investigating — the city. Here the urban environment is the central theme whether you want to look at its beauty, its politics, how people interact with it or it interacts with them or any other aspect of urbanism — the creative choice is yours.

(Up to three related photographs can be entered.)

Architecture and light

Without light there is no photography and with great light, as we know, often comes great photographs. For this category we are looking for images that celebrate architecture and light, from interiors, through exteriors, to surfaces, form and shadows.

(Up to three related photographs can be entered.)

Architecture and time

Photography freezes time at an instant (or over a slightly lengthier exposure), but buildings endure, though usually not for ever. For this category architecture and time come together, and the investigation is yours. Is it architecture of a time, that represents a time, that shows the effect of time or that has succumbed to time. Timing in the photographic process could be a factor too, moment or long periods. Timing is everything…

(Up to three related photographs can be entered.)

All of the category descriptions are merely examples of what your photographic investigation/expression could explore — they are in no way meant to be prescriptive. With each entry, or set of related photographs entered, we would also like you to tell us something about the image/project/series in up to 150 words to help us in the judging process. This will form part of your submission.


The 2017 judges are:

  • Ben van Berkel: founder of Dutch architecture practice UN Studio is responsible for designing the Erasmus Bridge, in Rotterdam and the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, among many other buildings

  • Mark Davy: founder of Futurecity, a culture and placemaking consultancy and platform for the culture-driven development of our urban centres.

  • Paul Raftery: photographer for 25 years, and a lover of architecture, he has lived in the Unite d’Habitation in Marseille and has exhibited widely, undertaken residences and was a director of View Pictures

  • Elias Redstone: independent curator whose work includes the Barbican’s Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age show and the Phaidon book Shooting Space: Architecture in Contemporary Photography

  • Ian Stanton: Managing director of iGuzzini UK

  • Johnny Tucker: Editor of Blueprint, journalist and photographer


As well as being printed in Blueprint, the winners will be on show at designjunction (21–24 September).

The winning images will also be displayed at The Gallery at Foyles bookshop in Charing Cross Road, London in November and before that at the Blueprint Awards in Bankside Vaults on 19 October.