Welcome to the Blueprint Architecture Photography Awards website

Enter now: deadline Monday 27 August 2018.


  • These awards celebrate 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 will be awarded to the professional overall winner and a prize of similar value to the amateur overall 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 #BAPAwards 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.

There are 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.)

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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.)

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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.)

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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.)

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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.


Entries will be judged by a panel, currently being compiled, including:

Francesca Perry, Deputy Editor Blueprint

Ben van Berkel, Founder of UN Studio

Paul Raftery, Photographer


As well as appearing in Blueprint December, the winners will also be exhibited in London at:


20-23 September

The Blueprint Awards

11 October



The Gallery at Foyles bookshop





Professional winner: Anthony Coleman

"A group of youths in Clydebank, Glasgow, outside some workshops that have been built as a project of urban rejuvenation on the site of the former Singer Sewing Machine factory which was once an important local employer — the architects have acknowledged this with stitching patterns on the cladding."

Highly commended: Hufton+Crow

‘We have attempted to capture MAD’s new scheme within the different scales of the urban fabric, from the overwhelming large scale China offers, down to a more human everyday experience." [Taken in Beijing]

Amateur category and overall winner: Babak Eslahjou

"As a principal at CORE Architects [Toronto] my second great passion is photography and for over 47 years I have been photographing the world around me. While my imagery has an understandably architectural focus, the urban landscape features prominently." [Taken in Nazaré, Portugal]

Highly Commended: Luca Tommasi

“This photographic project is an attempt to document the contrast in the architectural landscape of the city, with a series of photographs which exploits layers and overlaps created by London’s architectures.” [Taken in London]

Architecture and time

Professional category and overall winner: Simon Kennedy

‘Berlin is a fascinating city, particularly in the way that it relates to its own history. Photographed with a large-format camera on sheet film, during many trips to Berlin over several years, these buildings are from a particular period of heroic optimism. Sculptural and idiosyncratic, they resist their rapidly gentrifying urban context.’

Highly Commended: Matt Emmett

‘For the last five years, photographing the architecture of northern Europe in its final weeks and months before demolition or redevelopment, has become an all-consuming obsession.’ [Taken in Southern Belgium]

Amateur winner: Babak Eslahjou

‘I like buildings and the scene to be the only things that the viewer sees. It forces the viewer to feel the emotion that the building or collection of built elements create.’ [Taken in Mumbai]

Architecture and light

Professional winner: Simon Kennedy

‘During numerous explorations of Wolfson House, in London, I was struck by the intriguing way in which spaces came together within the building. Spaces were photographed with a 4x5” camera. The negatives were combined by extracting parts of one image and threading them into another, until new spaces began to form.’

Highly commended: Sue Barr

'The Architecture of Transit photographs relate to an aesthetic history in art within which the experience of travel is a recurrent form of representation and where new moments of beauty are found in contemporary motorway architectures.’ [Taken near Pescara, Italy]

Amateur Winner: Pedro Calado

‘I look to capture distinctive physical elements of each building and showcase how they cast their own shadow, which at times can create a complex game of light and darkness.’ [Taken in Paris]

Highly commended: Konstantinos Papaoikonomou

‘Part of an ongoing series, Brutal Integrity, investigates the relationship of Brutalism with London’s urban fabric.’

Architectural Narrative

Professional Winner:Agnese Sanvito

‘This series, titled British Summer Time, explores the photographic frame as a temporal meeting place between people and the city in the sun.’ [Taken in London]

Highly commended: Laurian Ghinitoiu

‘Designed or informal refugee camps are appearing every day around us; architecture and the cities adapted to their new users. The series is willing to understand how the refugee camps evolved, how they sit in the context.’ [Taken in Tempelhof Airport, Berlin & ‘The Jungle’, Calais]

Amateur Winner: Ross Dickson

‘With this mini project I wanted to inject a little playfulness into images of the Tate Modern Switch House. Its polished concrete heft and strong geometry has several internal balconies giving a view between floors from which — if you wait for the right moment — a head will appear for a few seconds like a photographic game of whack-a-mole.’

Highly commended: Pedro Calado

The journey is more important than the destination. Or so the saying goes. This series captures the architectural equivalent of the journey — the staircase, with the destination being the next space in the building.’