European Architectural Photography Prize architekturbild 2021

»Das Urbane im Peripheren | The Urban in the Periphery«

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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.


City and countryside, migration between conurbations and rural areas, their respective attractiveness and independence, but also dependence and interdependence with one another – this is what moves people in the long term, whether they choose one of these living environments voluntarily or forced, or even commute between the two worlds. The layers between town and country are becoming more permeable, a clear assignment is becoming more difficult. Now the theme of EAP 2021 could also be »The Periphery in the Urban«, but the promoters thought it would be more interesting to trace the subtle or even obvious effects of the urban-rural movement. And what would be more predestined for this than architectural photography?!


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 28 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. An application as a team with a common series is possible.

The submitted originals will be shown in the exhibition. Please bear this in mind when choosing the paper, the quality of the print and the care taken when packing and sending the works.

Entry Fee

The entry fee is 60 Euros (Trainees/Students: 30 Euros; please enclose proof). Along with the filled-out form, entrants should send

– the entry fee in cash or

– proof of having transferred the entrance fee to the account of architekturbild e.v. 

IBAN: DE07 6009 0100 0228 0100 04


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 code number can consist of numbers and letters. 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. The architekturbild e.v. hasno storage facilities. Photographs that are not returned will be rendered unusable and disposed of immediately after the jury meeting.

Closing date for entries

Friday, 6 November 2020, as per date of postmark.


The jury decides independently. 

Inga Glander, Bundesstiftung Baukultur, Potsdam

Meike Hansen, Architekturfotografin, Vorstandsmitglied architekturbild e.v., Hamburg

Hertha Hurnaus, Architekturfotografin, Wien

Prof. Ulrike Lauber, Architektin und Fotografin, Berlin

Dr. Katja Leiskau, Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM), Frankfurt am Main

Andreas Meichsner, Architekturfotograf, Berlin


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.

Award ceremony

The winners and runners-up will be informed immediately following the jury’s decision. The award ceremony will be held in May 2021 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, May 2020


architekturbild e.v., Rothmundstr. 6. 80337 München, Germany,, 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 2021«

z. Hd. Nicole Wanner

Schellingstraße 24

70174 Stuttgart


Thanks to

We would like to thank the members of architekturbild e.v., our cooperation partners Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) and Bundesstiftung Baukultur as well as our organisational partner HFT Stuttgart, who made the realisation of this competition possible.