Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu / Architect: BIG

The Architectural Photography Awards 2021 - Winners announced

Congratulations to the winners of The Architectural Photography Awards 2021. For the first time we have two winners per category. The winners selected by our jury and the winners selected by the delegates of the World Architecture Festival (WAF).

The Architectural Photography Awards 2021 overall winners

Overall Judges' winner

Liu Xinghao
in Sense of Place

Holidaying during the Covid-19 pandemic (look for longer to see the people in masks) in the shadow of Raffles City Chongqing China by Safdie Architects.

Overall WAF delegates' winner

Tan Xiao
in Interior

Times Pavilion by SANGU DESIGN, Guang Zhou, China

Photo: Aurelien Chen / Architect: BuroOle Scheeren

Main category



Images in ‘Exterior’ should show the outside of a building. Consider the form of that building, and consider the materials and the quality of light. What is special about it?

Photo: Vincent Wu / Architect: Tadao Ando

Main category



Images in ‘Interior’ should show the inside of a building, effectively communicating the space. Interiors are made up of a series of spaces, punctuated by light and utilised for a purpose.

Photo: Ma ChengRong

Main category

Sense of Place


The ‘Sense of Place’ category should show buildings or spaces in their wider context and environment. Illustrate if the building blends or jars with its surroundings. Is the building typical of its location? Is the building in an atmosphere, a mist or rain?

Photo: Aldo Amoretti / Architect: Auer Weber

Main category

Buildings in Use


‘Buildings in Use’ images should show occupied buildings and populated exteriors. Each building has a specific purpose and creates areas of activity. These images should combine the activity with the architecture and not distract from it.

Photo: Richard Bryant, Smithsonian Kogod Courtyard, Washington USA / Architect: Foster + Partners

Portfolio category

Building With History


The Architectural Photography Awards 2021 portfolio category celebrates the architecture of buildings with history, by showing how an old building has been integrated with a new build. The judges will be assessing the most powerful collectives – enter a minimum of four and maximum of six images for your portfolio.

Photo: Ryan NgMichael Lassman, Oasis House Australia; 2019 WAF Commended project by CplusC Architectural Workshop

Mobile category

Greening the City


Images must be taken on a mobile device – phone or tablet.

This offers a huge range and scale of subject matter: from architect-designed solutions to contributions by individuals, business or local authorities, such as hanging baskets, balconies, front gardens, green roofs and walls, pocket parks, roundabouts and more.

There are three awards in the competition – the Overall award, the Portfolio category award, and the Mobile category award – with two winners in each.

In the overall award, the jury's chosen winner will take home $2,000, and the WAF delegates' winner will receive $1,000.

The jury's portfolio winner will receive $750, and the WAF delegates' portfolio winner will win $250.

In the mobile category, the jury's favourite will win $150, with $100 going to the delegates' choice.

The awards will have exposure via the World Architecture Festival. The format is yet to be established owing to uncertainty of international COVID-19 regulations.

The winners will be announced during The World Architecture Festival, Lisbon, the evening of Friday 3rd December 2021.