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Architekturbild, the European Architectural Photography Prize 2019

The Architekturbild European Architectural Photography Prize 2019 on "Joyful Architecture" has gone to the Munich photographer Dirk Härle for a series of pictures that amaze with their focus on 'the special in seemingly unspectacular situations'. But what does that have to do with "Joyful Architecture"? Well, as the jury chairman Reiner Nagel states, 'The architectural elements are undoubtedly not joyful, but they are for the viewer who looks at our environment with composure and humour."

Along with the first prize the jury awarded two further awards. These went to the Leipzig-based photographer Nikolas Fabian Kammerer and the Berlin photographer duo Alexander Mai and Mikula Platz for their "CPH – Copenhagen’s Playground Heterogeneity" series. As jury member Julia Bargholz commented, "Here the idea of another, possibly more animated situation first arises in the eye of the beholder".

Regarding the photographs submitted by Kammerer, Andreas Langen, another jury member, had the following comments to make: 'Hurray, the pictures rock. Perpendicular lines are for sissies; here everything is all over the place, complete with gaudy colours against cosmic black: Welcome to the universe of infinite fun in architectural structures".

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Architekturbild - The European Architectural Photography Prize (EAP), one of the most renowned distinctions of its kind, has been awarded since 1995. Open to contestants from all over the world, the photography contest takes place every two years, each time according to a new theme. Since 2003 it has been held by the non-profit association architekturbild e.v., and in cooperation with the German Architecture Museum (DAM for short) in Frankfurt since 2008. The awards ceremony and the initial exhibition of the best 28 competition submissions have taken place at the DAM since 2008, followed by a touring exhibition through Germany, Europe and non-European countries.

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