One Photo Challenge: 10 Jurors Selected for Architecture’s Biggest Photography Competition

This year’s prestigious One Photo Challenge jurors include Hufton + Crow, Ema Peter, Ana Mello and Krista Jahnke.

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Architizer’s One Photo Challenge has launched, and the amazing entries are flowing in. $5,000 in cash prizes are up for grabs for winners in the student and non-student categories, along with cameras from Fujifilm and global media coverage. Capture a single photograph that tells a powerful story about architecture for a chance to win:

Enter the One Photo Challenge

After an initial review of all entries by Architizer’s editorial team, 100 Finalists will be evaluated by our jury of influential practitioners and thought leaders from the worlds of architecture and photography. Joining this year’s jury are two of the leading women in the architectural photography industry, Ana Mello and Krista Jahnke. Returning jurors include both founding members of iconic photography studio Hufton + Crow, multi-award winning photographers Ema Peter and Aldo Amoretti, and renowned industry leaders Paul Clemence and Sebastian Weiss.

Here’s a complete run-down of the One Photo Challenge jury this year:

Ana Mello

Ana Mello is a Brazilian architectural photographer, graduated in architecture in 2003. Ana has participated in exhibitions at the Tomie Ohtake Institute (BRA), Itaú Cultural (BRA) and Architekturzentrum Wien (AUT). She was responsible for the photos in "Heep: a Modern Architect” book.

For the last two years, she has been photographing the reconstruction of the Portuguese Language Museum after the 2015 fire. Ana Mello has contributed with photographs for publications such as Monocle, Plot, AU, Bamboo, GIZ, Monolito, Projeto Design and online publications as ArchDaily, Architizer, DesignBoom, Dezeen, Domus, PlataformaArquitectura and Vitruvius. Since 2017, she has been teaching architecture photography at Fundação Stickel in Sao Paulo.

Right: Leeza SOHO by Zaha Hadid Architects, Beijing, China; photo © Hufton + Crow

Hufton + Crow

Hufton + Crow architectural photography studio comprises of English photographer duo Nick Hufton and Allan Crow. They started collaborating in 2004, and, with their passionate attention to detail and their dedication to self-initiated projects as well as assignments, quickly established themselves as a prolific and successful practice creating striking images of contemporary architecture from around the world.

As two experienced photographers with complementary skills and competitive characters, they bring a unique approach to their iconographic documentation of the built environment. Divisare Atlas of Architecture ranks them among the top 10 architectural photographers worldwide in their extensive database of 2491 photographers.

Right: Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre by HCMA Architecture + Design, Surrey, British Columbia; photo © Ema Peter

Ema Peter

Based in Vancouver, Ema Peter Photography was founded in 2005 to bring Ema’s creative vision to architectural photography. Ema’s training in both the visual arts and photojournalism, with experience at the Magnum Photo Agency in Paris, created the foundations for her approach to lighting and composition.

With over 20+ years of experience and shear determination, she has photographed internationally renowned projects and received countless awards. Ema deeply believes that a space has life and she makes it her mission to harness that character in every photograph.

Krista Jahnke

Krista Jahnke is one of Canada’s leading architectural photographers, previously trained as an architect. Working with renowned architects and designers throughout North America to provide stunning photography that has been published in many of the top architecture/design magazines and blogs.

Krista uses her passion for photography and architecture as a way to study and explore the built environment; how we populate, circulate through and understand our position within it. As an award-winning photographer and multi-disciplinary designer she has traveled and photographed architecture around the world, and has had her photography published in international design magazines, blogs and books, and exhibited in galleries and public spaces.

Right: Arena du Pays d’Aix by Aurer Weber and Christophe Guilizzi Architecte, Aix-en-Province, France; photo © Aldo Amoretti

Aldo Amoretti

Aldo Amoretti graduated in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano in 1992, and worked as an architect until 2005, when he began his work as a freelance photographer. Amoretti has collaborated with various international architects including Peter Zumthor, BIG Bjarke Ingels, Auer Weber, J.L Mateo and Snøhetta. In 2017, he won the A+Award with his photographs of Peter Zumthor’s Mine Zinc Museum in Sauda Norway, and his work features on the front of “The World’s Best Architecture 2018”, Architizer’s international publication of A+Award winning projects.

His architectural photographs have been published in major architecture magazines such as The Architectural Review, Detail, Abitare, and others. His work has also been exhibited in international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, La Gelerie d’Architecture in Paris and the National Museum Architecture in Oslo.

Right: 56 Leonard Street by Herzog & de Meuron, New York City, NY; photo © Paul Clemence

Paul Clemence

Paul Clemence is an artist, photographer, writer and filmmaker focusing on expressing the subjective and poetic side of architecture. His work has been widely published and he exhibits at events like Venice Biennale, Art Basel and Design Miami. “Architecture Photography”, aka ARCHI-PHOTO, his Facebook page, is a social media phenomenon, with just under one million followers worldwide. Trained as an architect, he is originally from Brazil and is now based in Brooklyn, NY.

Right: Image of a colorful apartment block in Turkey; photo © Yener Torun

Yener Torun

Yener was born in Turhal, Turkey in 1982 and currently resides in Istanbul. He studied architecture at Istanbul Technical University. In 2014, he started a photography project on his Instagram account @cimkedi, focusing on lesser-known buildings and side-streets of his adopted city.

In recent years, his international following has erupted with major media institutions , such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, CBS News, El Pais Semanal highlighting his work. Yener’s compositions usually flatten space, emphasizing line and color over depth. He transforms the urban landscape, reframing architecture as geometric abstraction and creates an alternative reality by abstracting architectural elements from their original environment and repurposing them.

Right: Choux de Créteil by Gérard Grandval, Créteil, France; photo © Sebastian Weiss

Sebastian Weiss

Sebastian Weiss, aka Le_Blanc, born in the 70s in the North of Germany, is a Hamburg based and multi-award winning architectural photographer. Sebastian is passionate about concrete aesthetics and the beauty seen in city shapes. Between 2013 and 2018, he also worked as a photo columnist for AD Architectural Digest Germany.

Left: Paul Keskeys; right: The Architizer office; images courtesy of Architizer

Paul Keskeys

Architizer’s own Paul Keskeys is a registered UK architect, writer and editor based in New York City. A graduate from UCL and the University of Edinburgh, gaining an MArch in Architectural Design with distinction, Keskeys was nominated for the RIAS Silver Medal in 2009. Paul also secured second place in the prestigious Architect’s Eye Architectural Photography Competition in 2013. Keskeys is currently the Content Director at Architizer, with features also published in Architectural Digest, PIN—UP Magazine, Archinect, Aesthetica Magazine and PUBLIC Journal.

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