Architecture is all around us; virtually everywhere we go there is some kind of building, structure or space. Photography is now the most accessible format for recording our lives, especially with the development of the smart phone. If photography sits at one end of the artistic spectrum – being instant and accessible – then architecture is surely at the other end, requiring as it does the investment of time and money into building.
In 2018 Bath Preservation Trust launched its first competition to discover how photographers interpret architecture and the built environment. Showcasing the best entries and winning images made architecture more accessible to a wider audience – and has hopefully inspired many to consider entering in 2019.
Quote from Hassan El- Wakeel who came first and sixth in the (2018) Bath Category.:
“I love architecture; if I wasn’t a surgeon, I’d definitely be an architect. I haven’t really had my photography up in a gallery before so it’s a privilege to have them on display at the Museum of Bath Architecture.”
This year’s competition has three categories.
Architecture of Entertainment
From ancient amphitheatres to multiplex cinemas, architects have been designing entertainment spaces for thousands of years. In 2019 we are challenging photographers to capture images of architecture, interior or exterior, that have an entertainment theme be it the Sydney Opera House or Bath’s Theatre Royal.
Bath After the Georgians
Most people who come to visit Bath are here to see the Georgian city. However, as the city has expanded and developed over the years so too has its architecture. Even within the centre you can find the odd 1960’s Brutalist building and as you travel further out some great examples of Victorian and Edwardian styles. Have you been exploring yet? Which buildings – old or new – catch your eye?
Junior Architectural Photographer of the Year
Open to photographers under the age of 19. We want to see what style of architecture inspires you. Do you prefer old buildings or the ultra-modern? Which is the coolest building you’ve ever seen?
It is free to enter the Junior category. Just email your image to firstname.lastname@example.org
Winners of each category plus the 9 best runners-up will feature in our exhibition February-June 2020.
How to enter
Entry fee for the first two categories is £5 per image. Digital (or scanned) images only. Use the Enter Here button below each category to pay the entry fee online then email your image to the email address given on the payment screen.