With the mobile phone being fully integrated and accepted in our current society, photography nowadays is an important means of recording our enviroment to save a memory for later. But photography can be so much more than that: it is a form of art in its own right. With perspective, composition, light and shadow, inventive techniques and surprising subjects, photography is a very personal way for the photographer to share his view and interpretation of the world outside.

The Jury of AAA: Best Architectural Photograph 2018 and the 10th Board of Study Association AnArchi would like to thank all sixteen photographers for sharing their perspectives on architecture with us. Keep experimenting, and keep looking closely at the world around you in your own way.

On behalf of the Jury
Bart van Overbeeke
Hélène Aarts

Ferdy van Brussel

On behalf of the 10th Board of AnArchi
Rik Jacobs
Bob van der Vleugel

The Awards

All submissions were part of an exhibition taking place in Vertigo between 14-20 November. Between 14-16 November, the pictures were displayed anonymously and the public had the chance to make an anonymous vote. The Jury determined their ranking together, anonymously as well. This resulted in a Jury ranking and a Public ranking, as displayed below.

Jury Winners

First Place – Arslane Benamar

The Transhuman Eye: National Library of France

Infrared (IR) photography is an imaging technique that depicts a range of wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye. If the visible light spectrum includes wavelenghts frequencies ranging from 390 to 700 nm, the IR spectrum is instead comprised between 700 and 900 nm. One of the main characteristics of IR photography is the resulting visual contrast between hard surface and vegetation. Plants, contrarily to buildings, reflect a high amount of IR radiation as a result of their metabolic processes. The higher their chlorophyll content, the higher the reflection: it is a visual indication of health and productivity levels within a plant. This photographic process allows an original interpretation of architectural artworks that gives a special importance to nature. In the age of sustainability and the anthropocene, the photography illustrates the dichotomy between dead matter and living vegetals. In the broader cultural context of transhumanism and bionism, this work is also an example of technologically-enhanced human perception. The augmentation of our senses can unveil new and unexpected worlds, giving unexpected meanings to our surroundings. What if, as the cyborg and transpecies artist Neil Harbisson, we could all perceive beyond our physiological limitations?

Technical Details
Infrared false-color photography (720nm).
Hoya R72 filter
24mm focal lenght
F11 aperture
30s exposure
ISO 800
Nikon D800 body.

Public Winners

First Place – Kamil Parzychowski

Up We Go

Being the heart of Berlin, Mitte is a true showcase for the most precious and fancy architecture of the city. It comprises most of the historic centre and is traversely cut by the river Spree which breaks the omnipresent, rigid mass of the surrounding built environment.
The glass dome of The Bundestag added by Foster + Partners in 1999 extended the building further upwards letting visitors admire Mitte and the whole of Berlin. However, it’s not the observation platform on top that makes the dome so fascinating. It’s the process of making your way up the spiral path that reveals what’s most precious about this design. Dancing reflections of sunlight tickle your senses and temptingly invite you to climb higher and higher. And you just can’t resist stopping once in a while to look far outside or to where you’ve just been some steps before…

Technical Details
Camera: Canon
Model: EOS 100D
Aperture: f/5
Exposure: 1/250s
ISO: 100
Focal length: 18mm


Second Place – Christiaan Wijers

Little Morocco at Woensel-West


Second Place – Katja Heidweiller

The Calyx in the Royal Botanical Garden of Sydney, Australia

Third Place – Patrick Limpens


Third Place – Christina Papadaki

Astypalaia, Greece

All Submissions


Justin Agyin

Why not?

Arslane Benamar

The Transhuman Eye: National Library of France

Celine Böhmer

Casa di Musica

Jan Quinten Gijsbertsen

A play of black and white, directed by time

Katja Heidweiller

The Calyx in the Royal Botanical Garden of Sydney, Australia

Dirk Jansen

Meghana Kulhalli

Pauliina Lauri

Dubai Downtown

Patrick Limpens


Chanachai Panichpattankij

ANTWERP – APRIL 28, 2018

Christina Papadaki

Astypalaia, Greece

Kamil Parzychowski

Up We Go

Barbu Rebeca

Niek Snels

Evert Sonke

Noord/Zuidlijn, the new subway route of Amsterdam

Christiaan Weijers

Little Morocco at Woensel-West


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