2023 Photo of the Year Award: Enter Now!

2023 Photo of the Year Award: Enter Now!

Sometimes all it takes is a single image to catapult a photographer, project, or client to fame. In an era where images are more important than ever, what kind of impact can a single image have? The 2023 Photo of the Year Award seeks to find the single most captivating images in four categories created by an architectural photographer—a tall order, no doubt!

Submissions for this category are the simplest of all, and we are expecting a wide range of entries from architectural details to wide shots of entire cities and developments. As long as the built environment is visible, the image is welcome.

There are four categories for the 2023 Photo of the Year award. After examining the results and speaking with winners, we have realize there isn’t really such thing as a single all-encompassing ‘best photo’ of the year, so we are widening the entry categories with:

Photo of the year: Residential small project

Photo of the year: Residential large project

Photo of the year: Non-residential small project

Photo of the year: Non-residential large project

The intent of this award is to find images that powerfully communicate the sense of place, beauty, and design prowess inherent in our architectural world. Submissions can feature people or be devoid of them entirely, can show interiors or exteriors. We’re looking for unforgettable images that not only tell a story but also display photographic talent and mastery; whether through composition, lighting, mood, or impact.


Four winners, one from each category, will receive a gorgeous APALMANAC Photo of the Year trophy. Architect-designed and custom made, this trophy is a show stopper and just a little cooler than the collection of soccer trophies in your bedroom from 1992. Your name will be laser etched into a solid walnut or maple trophy and be an incredible addition to a home office or studio. No hidden fees, no payment for trophy – it’s a hard-earned and rightfully won award, as it should be.

A shortlist of the top ten photographs in each category (forty total) will be published on APALMANAC.

Some of our 2022 trophies…

Judging Criteria

Impact: In an era where people are inundated with imagery, does the submitted photo make the viewer stop and look? How many images are we exposed to every day, and how many of them truly stick with us? Can we find an image that cuts through the noise and stands above the rest?

Technical prowess: It goes without saying that the photograph must be very well executed from a technical standpoint.

Subject: While we aren’t looking for the most expensive or grandiose subject matter, we are looking for how well the photographer has captured their subject of choice and what kind of decisions went into creating the photograph.

Story: Can a single image tell a story? Can we relate to it, see ourselves in the space, understand the plight, or joy, or beauty of the subject without being there?

We expect winning images to be announced in April 2024. To get an idea of past winners and shortlist awardees, check out the links below!

2022 Winners

2022 Shortlist

2021 Winners

2022 Shortlist

Entry Instructions

Upload one image in JPEG format, no larger than 10MB total. Images must be at least 1600px on the longest side, and no more than 4000px on the longest side. Non-JPEG images and images smaller than 1600px will not be accepted, as we would like a large enough file to be able to accurately judge the content of your photographs.

All images must have been created in the year 2023.

Your name and any identifying information will be stripped from images before they are submitted for judging.

Submission Deadline: February 1st, 2024 12:00am

This contest is closed for new entries.

Photo credit for lead image: Gerry O’Leary, 2022 Winner, Photo of the Year

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