Photography of The Year Award – FAQs
This document refers to the Photography of the Year program.
Click here to access the FAQs for the other two programs:
Design of the Year FAQ
Firm of the Year FAQ
Architectural Products of the Year FAQ
Are there any submission fees?
Yes. Professional entries are $50, and non-professional / student entries are $25.
If the entry is entered into multiple categories, there is a 30% discount for additional categories.
You can take advantage of the Early Bird deadlines to save more.
Entry Process and Requirements
Who is considered a professional photographer?
We consider professional photographers those who earn, or have earned, the majority of their income from photography, or who sell or publish their work regularly, or belong to professional photography organizations.
Are only photography students eligible for the student / non-professional discount?
Non-professional photographers, and all students are eligible for the discount, regardless of the concentration or major in which they are studying.
When is the deadline to submit entries?
During the Early Bird period, submission fees are discounted.
Deadlines and discounts are the following:
- Extended Early Bird Deadline: April 30, 2021 (-15% discount)
- Regular Deadline: June 30, 2021 (-10% discount)
- Final Deadline: July 31, 2021
- Late Deadline (+10% late fee): August 31, 2021
Who are the Judges?
Our international list of jurors consists of a wide variety of professionals in architecture, journalism, interior design, art, and other related fields.
For a complete list of the jury please click here.
Can I receive judges rating or comments?
Due to the scope of the prize, our judges are unable to provide individual feedback on projects.
Can I submit just one image?
Yes, you can enter with a single image or a series of images.
How many photographs can I enter into the same entry?
An entry can consist of only 1, or more photos, but not more than 10 photographs ( 1 first photograph and 9 supporting pictures), featuring one architectural project or sharing a common theme or concept and a single title. The entry will be judged as a whole. Please be sure that the photographs work together as a body of work.
How will I know if my submission is complete, and what do I do if it’s not?
After you log into your account, you will see all the details of your submission on the History page > Completed Entries. If you didn’t receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please check your spam folder or email us at email@example.com if you cannot find it.
If, at the time of the competition’s close, a submission is incomplete (e.g. the submission has not been paid, or the images have not been uploaded correctly), it will not be eligible for juried consideration. Though we make every effort to make contact and to ensure completion of submissions, we are not responsible for incomplete entries and are unable to offer a refund, should an entry be incomplete at the time of the competition’s close. However, you may login to your account and check your submission details on the History page.
How should I submit my photographs for the competition?
First you will need to complete the online submission form, filling in the necessary details about your entry–credit name, entry title (please do not use symbols in the title–only letters and spaces), description, and select the category(s) that you are submitting to.
Once you have completed the online submission form and filled in the details of your entry, you will be directed to the upload page where you can upload your photos.
Entrants of Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) will have the option to submit their photographs in addition to their architecture/design work submission. The option will be available once your architecture and design projects have been submitted.
What specs should the digital files have?
Digital images should be no larger than 4MB per image. Save as JPG compression High, 72 dpi, and minimum 1,000 pixels on the longest side.
Name the file with your last name followed by the title of the image. Please do not use symbols or spaces in the file name.
If your submission is a series of images, please number them and upload in order of importance. Note: The first image should be the best/strongest in the series.
My image(s) didn’t upload correctly. What should I do?
Make sure that the file is saved in JPG format, and check that the name contains ONLY letters and numbers (no other characters or symbols).
Please note that there are two steps to uploading your images once you are at the upload page. First you will need to select your image by clicking the “Browse” button, and then once the image is selected, click “send image” to upload that image to our server. Repeat this process for each image.
If you still have problems uploading your images after following these steps, you may also try to refresh your main submission page. Otherwise, contact our support desk for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I enter one photograph into multiple categories?
Yes, you may enter the same photograph in as many categories as you wish. Entering in multiple categories may increase your chance of winning. There is an additional fee for each extra category that you select for a single entry: with 30% off the initial entry fees for professionals, non-professionals and students.
Is it acceptable to include one or two interiors as supporting images in an exterior category submission?
Yes, you can include one or two interiors as supporting images in an exterior category submission, and vice versa.
Is there a limit to the number of entries I can submit?
No, you may submit as many entries, in as many categories, as you wish.
Is there a time limit within which the photographs should have been taken?
Yes. All photographs should be no more than 5 years old. However, there is no limit on how old the building or subject photographed is.
Can I submit a photograph that has won an award, or has been entered in another competition?
Yes, you may submit work that has been previously submitted to another photography competition, or that has previously won an award. However, in an effort to promote the creation of new work and maintain fresh flow of ideas, we encourage you to submit new work as much as possible.
What is the “Entry History” feature of the AMP account and how do I use it?
The Entry History feature allows you to view the status of your submissions ‘outstanding’ – ‘completed’ – ‘winner’, you can verify if images have been uploaded correctly, print receipts and make payments.
Can I cancel my submission and get a refund?
You can withdraw your entry within 48 hours of submission. Please email email@example.com for assistance and additional information. Please be informed that when you request a full refund, your original transaction fee is credited back to you minus a processing fee.
How do I know if you got my submission?
After you log into your account, you can see a Preview of your submission by going to History > Completed entries.. If you didn’t receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please check your spam folder or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you cannot find it.
Can I make changes to my entry after I have paid?
No, after payment has been made, entries cannot be altered. Please review your work carefully before finalizing payment.
How can I pay for the project/photographs that I submitted?
You can pay for your submission online via PayPal or credit card. Credit Card payments are securely processed by Stripe.
Are all the fees in USD?
Yes, at this time we only accept US currency.
USE OF IMAGES
How will my images be used?
Photographers retain ALL copyrights and other rights to the image. You will be contacted each time we identify an image for usage – and briefed on what the usage will be. Your images are NEVER used for any purpose other than the promotion of the Architecture Photography MasterPrize, and the promotion and publicization of your award win. Any photograph used by AMP shall carry the photographer’s credit line.
Where will my image(s) be used/shown?
One of the benefits of this program is its global reach, your image will be viewed with your full credit all around the world. The destination and promotion of your work is endless. By entering your work in the competition, you are agreeing to be included in the annual AMP publication that showcases the full collection of winning images.
Will I be compensated for the use of my images?
There is no monetary remuneration for the use of your image in relation to AMP, however in the case that it is being used for something other than the promotion of the competition, you will be contacted and given the option to decline the use of your work.
When are the Winners announced?
Winners will be announced 6 weeks after the close of the final submission deadline has closed.
How are the Winners notified?
As soon as the Jury selection is complete, all winning images will be posted on the AMP website and a notification email will be sent to the photographers who have been selected as winners. Winners are also announced through AMP’s other communication channels.
How do I know if I’ve won an award?
Though we do notify award winners by email, sometimes notifications get caught in server or mail filters. Fortunately, you can always check to see if you’ve won any awards by logging into your AMP account and clicking on History tab, and looking at “Winning Entries”.
AWARDS & BENEFITS:
How Many Projects Can Win an Award?
There will be two Photographers of the Year awarded in Exterior and Interior photography. In addition, multiple winners will be awarded in the 31 sub-categories plus honorable mentions.
What do I get if I win an Award?
The Architecture Photography MasterPrize winners will have their designs showcased to a worldwide audience, Photographers of the Year receive the Architecture MasterPrize trophy, and enjoy extensive publicity throughout the following year in addition to the following benefits:
- A press campaign directed to hundreds of thousands of design professionals, press, and potential clients worldwide,
- A profile in the online architect directory, making it easier for your company to be reached by prospective customers,
- A feature in the Book of Architecture, distributed internationally,
- Online Certificate of Achievement,
- Winners Seal to promote winning online, in printed material and on social media.