Call for entries: European Architectural Photography Prize 2017 architekturbild: »Grenzen | Borders«

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Call for entries on the subject of »Borders«


architekturbild, the European Architectural Photography Prize, has been awarded on a two-yearly basis since 1995. Since 2003, the prize has
been awarded by architekturbild e.v., a non-profit organization, and since 2008 in cooperation with the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, and since 2016 with the Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Potsdam/Berlin.


This time the subject is »Borders«. Whether in the sense of opening or closing, of including or excluding or as definitions of geographical or (urban) spatial areas, borders are physically present and clearly recognizable or subtly noticeable, but always perceived as either protecting or deterring. In the context of the European Architectural Photography Prize 2017 we by no means focus on the negative interpretations of this term but rather on the photographic-artistic involvement with our built environment.


Submissions should consist of a series of four photographs on this theme (as prints, maximum format: 40 x 40 cm; the longest picture edge must be at least 30 cm long, and no longer than 50 cm for panorama pictures). Only entries with exactly four photographs will be accepted. Only one entry per photographer. The photographs themselves should not be more than three years old. The photographs will be judged as a series. High technical quality in the submitted material is a prerequisite.

Entry Fee

The entry fee is 60 Euros. Along with the filled-out form, entrants should send
– 60 Euros in cash or
– proof of having transferred the entrance fee to the account of architekturbild e.v. (IBAN: DE07 6009 0100 0228 0100 04, BIC: VOBADESS).

Conditions of participation

The competition procedure is anonymous. The competitor confirms with his/her signature that he / she is the rightful owner of the photographs submitted. Third party rights must not be affected.
All photographs submitted must have a filled out label attached to the back (with a code number chosen by the entrant and details of location, date etc.). Entrants can download these labels and the entry form as a pdf document from The code number chosen by the entrant must also be entered on the entry form. The name of the photographer should not be written on the photographs or their reverse. The entry form must be filled out completely and submitted to the organizers with the photographs and proof of payment of the entry fee to the address given below (see »Address for submissions«).
By submitting an entry, competitors in the European Architectural
Photography Prize architekturbild acknowledge the published conditions of participation. Contributions which do not conform to these rules may be rejected at a preliminary inspection. The organizers will not be liable for damage to or loss of photographs submitted. Photographs submitted will not be returned.
For entrants wishing their photographs to be returned, the entrance fee increases to a total of 90 Euro.

Closing date for entries

Friday, 16 December 2016, as per date of postmark.


Peter Cachola Schmal, Director, Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM, Frankfurt
Reiner Nagel, Chair, Federal Foundation of Baukultur, Potsdam/Berlin
Christina Gräwe, Chair, architekturbild e.v., Berlin/München
Dirk Brömmel, Photographer, Wiesbaden
Celina Lunsford, Artistic Director, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
Ingo Taubhorn, Photographer, Curator at Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Jörg Winde, Photographer, Professor at University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund


Besides the first prize (4,000 Euro), two second prizes (1,000 Euro each) will also be awarded. The jury reserves the right to modify this rule. The photographs submitted by the prize-winners and the 25 runners-up will be presented in an exhibition and documented both online and in a catalogue.

Awards ceremony

The winners and runners-up will be informed immediately following the jury’s decision. The awards ceremony will be held in May 2017 together with the opening of the exhibition at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM in Frankfurt.

Publication rights

The organizer reserves the right to exhibit the prize-winning and short-listed photographs, to publish them in a catalogue, to present them online, and to provide them free of charge to media partners (only for usage directly related to the prize). The photographs will become part of the collection of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in Frankfurt. The photographer shall grant simple usage rights to the DAM, for example in the museum’s own exhibitions, publications and electronic media. When using the works, the DAM undertakes to correctly name the photographer and to mention the architectural photography prize.

Munich, April 2016


architekturbild e.v.,, in cooperation with the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt, and the Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Potsdam/Berlin.

For all enquiries please contact Harald Link: or +49 89 4114 0906

Address for submissions

HFT Stuttgart, Fakultät Architektur und Gestaltung,
»Europäischer Architekturfotografie-Preis architekturbild«
z. Hd. Nicole Wanner
Schellingstraße 24
70174 Stuttgart