Architectural Photography

Our modern-day, image-obsessed culture has got us consuming a large quantity of architecture through photographs, as opposed to physical, spatial experiences.

The purpose of photographing a space is not to replicate the spatial experience. Instead, the photographer must interpret and explain the character, detail, and environment into a readable and understandable two dimensions. Architectural photography, thus, allows people to obtain a visual understanding of buildings they may never get the opportunity to visit in their lifetime.

While photographers have long been an integral element of the architect’s work, the creators of these images are largely invisible and not credited.

Entry open to photographers, architects, designers, and design enthusiasts.

Through this National Architecture Photography Competition, Rethinking The Future honors the camera, celebrating varied visual styles and interpretations.

The Competition is inclusive and we welcome the full-time professional photographer and the keen amateur using a mobile phone.


Architectural Marvel

Capture the architectural marvel that you appreciate and would like to share with the world with your lens. It could be a residence or an institute, a commercial complex or an office building. Do not get restricted by the functional use of the building. Just capture the one that you appreciate at a personal level.

Urban Space

The culture of a city is not defined by just the residences but by the public places of the city. How the open space gels with the built around it reflect upon the usability and publicness of the place. Take your lens and capture the moment that perfectly defines the public place of your city.

The Public Interiors

From the aesthetics to the post-construction use of space, public interior spaces are an expression of the values of a city, a state, and even a country. Capture the interiors of public spaces that strikingly represent its culture, including but not limited to buildings like Bus stands, Railway stations, and Airports.

Awards Ceremony

Winners will be felicitated at AAARCON 2019 – a two day architectural extravaganza at Agra on 23rd & 24th November 2019 organized by the Architects Association of Agra. Architects Association of Agra is a group of architects who belong to the City of Taj, which emerged out of the common interest of the forum to elevate professional skill sets of the Architects with the objective of infrastructure and social development. AAA’s objective is to generate a platform for discussions and interaction for Architecture professionals.


[01 Nov,’19] The RTF Architectural Photography Awards 2020 opens.

[15 Nov,’19 | 4:00 PM ] Submission Deadline.

[18 Nov,’19] Finalists announced on RTF.

[24 Nov,’19] Winners Announcement | Award ceremony at AAARCON 2019 to be held at Hotel Holiday Inn, Agra.


How should I register for the contest?

Register via the Registration page on the RTF website. Registration deadline: 15 November 2019, 12 midnight.

How many photographs can one applicant submit?

A maximum of 3 individual photos can be submitted by the applicant.

How can I pay the registration fee?

There’s no Registration Fee for the competition.

How can I submit entries?

After being registered in the system, each applicant can upload the entries on the Submission Page here.

Is there a chance to modify my uploadings?

Yes, to update your entry, you can re-submit before the deadline.

Who are eligible applicants?

This contest is open to individuals only. No teams or companies’ photographs are going to be accepted.

What are the criteria for the assessment that the jury is going to take into consideration?

The jury is going to consider the following aspects of assessment:

  • Concept
  • Artistic values and merits
  • Technical implementation

Is the jury’s assessment open to the public?

No, it isn’t. Applicants not selected for the finals are not going to be notified about the details of the jury’s assessment.

What are the technical parameters for the photographs?

Photos submitted must be max. 2 MB jpg format RGB images with accessible exif data. Files are to be named in a format as follows: Photographer’sName_building_location_year (without diacritics), e.g.: ManishKumar_school_Ahmedabad_2017.jpg.