2023 Architectura Obscura Photography + Digital Student Competition

The American Institute of Architects

We are excited to announce the 13th annual Architectura Obscura annual open photography competition! The 2023 event is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Central Valley Chapter (AIACV), Comstock’s Magazine, and Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture.

2023 Competition Dates

  • Registration opens: Monday, July 17th
  • Submission Deadline: Thursday, June 29th
  • Exhibition Dates: Late Summer 2023
  • Reception + Awards: Fall 2023

The purpose of the competition is to highlight the value and impact of architecture, both globally and within the Sacramento region, through the submission of high- quality printed and electronic images. Through photography, this competition raises public awareness in the built environment and celebrates design.

Images submitted to the competition must have an architectural theme, or contain an element of the human-made environment.

There are two (2) distinct entry categories to allow for a broad range of photographic interests:

Gallery (Hard Print) Submissions: In alignment with our original concept, this constitutes submission of physical prints along with digital copies for publication

Digital Student Submissions: *New this year!* Students may participate through entirely digital submissions.

Images may be color or black & white. In addition to successfully expressing the theme, entries will be judged on the level of creativity, composition, use of color and/or tone and technical image quality. The jury will review each category and select winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, along with a discretionary number of Notable Entry awards.

Images from the competition will be recognized at the Architectura Obscura Exhibition + Awards Presentation event, date and location TBD.

FREE Entry for Students! The Prizes for the Student Photo Competition will be:

1st Place $250 Gift Card to Action Camera

2nd Place $125 Gift Card to Action Camera

3rd Place $75 Gift Card to Action Camera

Register by filling out an entry form and e-mailing it to info@aiacv.org.

Gallery Submission entry forms can be found here.

Digital Student Submission entry forms can be found here.

Click here for full submission requirements.

Link to Previous Gallery Winners can be found here.

Link to Prior Digital Winners can be found here.