We knew the 2021 Photo of the Year category of the Architecture Photography Awards was going to have some incredible offerings, but wow! Our judges were looking for unforgettable photos that melded technical prowess with masterful storytelling and beautiful design. There were heaps of wonderful photographs submitted, but this list features those images that just had that extra heart and soul that set them apart.
While we aren’t ready to announce the official winners just yet, we’ve received the judges’ results and tallied up their scores. This is the official longlist for the 2021 Photo of the Year Award category:
A private residence as photographed by Adam Letch for SAOTA & ARRCC
Wallace K. Harrison’s The New York State Museum as photographed by Alex Nye.
Residential courtyard as photographed by Bas Gijselhart.
Bully Hill House by Studio MM as photographed by Brad Feinknopf.
The Utah Museum of Natural History as photographed by Brandon Huttenlocher.
WaiWai’s Villa in Dubai as photographed by Darren Bradley.
Auditorio y Palacio de Congresos de Plasencia as photographed by David Spence.
Utopia: Sisters project as photographed by George Kroustallis at “Rostiger Nagel.”
Mosque of Light designed by Dabbagh Architects as photographed by Gerry O’Leary.
Robatherm Corporation Headquarters by Henn Architekten as photographed by H.G. Esch.
252 East 57th Street by SOM as photographed by Inessa Binenbaum.
Park Union Bridge as photographed by Jason O’Rear.
UCSD Campus as photographed by Jeff Durkin.
Inside Outside House by Architect Mark Dziewulski as photographed by Kat Alves.
Zaha Hadid’s 1000 Museum as photographed by Kendall McCaugherty.
James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace at Rice University as photographed by Luis Ayala.
The Diplomat pool from above as photographed by Marc Sillman.
Weekend House by Knut Hjeltnes Architects as photographed by Mark Elst.
Retreat as photographed by Pete Helme.
Tres Xemeneies as photographed by Pol Viladoms.
VA Hospital Chapel in Detroit as photographed by Roy Engelbrecht.
Jameel Art Center as photographed by Shoayb Khattab.
Providence Pedestrian / Michael Van Leesten Bridge by INFORM Studio as photographed by Steve Kroodsma.
Beijing National Aquatic Center by PW Architects as photographed by Tim Griffith.
Residence in Austin, TX as photographed by Tobin Davies.
Roosevelt University’s vertical campus by VOA (Stantec) as photographed by Tom Harris.
Summer holiday home as photographed by Tom Kurek for Kasia Dudko from Formativ Design Studio.
Elliot Architects’ House on a Wharf as photographed by Trent Bell.
Wayne Cable’s photograph of Baha’i House of Worship designed by Louis Bourgeois.
Somewhere in that beautiful collection of photographs above are the winner and runner-up of the 2021 Architectural Photography Photo of the Year! Stay tuned!