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SCOPIO International Photography Contest 2018

Faculty of Architecture on University of Porto (FAUP), School of Media Arts and Design (ESMAD/P.PORTO), School of Architecture in Zaragoza (EINA), School of Architecture in Liverpool (LAS) and University of South Wales (USW).

NEW DEADLINE | Crossing Boarders and Shifting Boundaries: Territory

Deadline for entries: December 31, 2018 23:59 (Portuguese time), addresed to the following e-mail: scopiocontests@cityscopio.com

The third Edition of SCOPIO International Photography Contest has as theme Crossing Borders and Shifting Boundaries, which is the main theme of the current cycle of scopio Magazine and focuses on diverse countries and on how architecture is transformed, how it reflects different hybrid cultural identities in many countries and how all of this interacts with and affects our cities and the landscape, always bearing in mind the mentioned categories: Architecture, City and Territory.

The 5 winners (first prize and honourable mentions) will be published in a new scopio Magazine VIEWFINDER, which will be entirely devoted to this contests. Awarded narratives will be published and highlighted in the networks and other web supports of the institutions that integrate the contest organization, as well as by scopio Editions.

The contest has now a new structure and organization, which is now the responsibility of 5 international institutions related to Architecture, Art and Image (AAI), which are the Faculty of Architecture on University of Porto (FAUP), School of Media Arts and Design (ESMAD)School of Architecture in Zaragoza (EINA)School of Architecture in Liverpool (LAS) and University of South Wales (USW).

The general objectives of this contest are the strengthening of photography as an inquisitive instrument for architecture, searching for new talents and awareness towards photography and architecture both in Portugal and abroad, and moreover to raise a wider appreciation of our architectural, cultural and intellectual inheritance and promote the photography platform scopio Network. This shall also be used to publish the projects within the contest.

Thus, we are interested in photography and in projects that may reveal the multiple layers of history embedded in the architecture of cities from different parts of the world, showing how these cities are in constant evolution and how they define new forms of occupation of the available territory. We are also interested in understanding how social, economic and political systems and values affect the territory and its cities, as well as the way people live and work on those places.

For this number of scopio Magazine Viewfinder: Crossing Borders and Shifting Boundaries - Territory, the primarily focus will be on the subject of residential spaces, public spaces, urban scattered communities and city life in general. It will try to show works that characterise the rich multifaceted world of contemporany cities and / or non traditional urban communities regarding immigrants or minorities' different types of block, neighbourhoods, cultural diversity and values expressed in various types of residential and public spaces. Among other things, it is about looking at architectural spaces and their many signs, which reveal the values, customs and culture of the people who live there. In fact, the aim is to show a varied set of works capable of providing a creative and significant body of evidence as regards to the diversity and richness of our cities' architecture and life. In addition, it will focus on how the cities contribute to structure and characterise the territory and are responsible for order and disorder applied to urban and territorial issues. Moreover, there will be an interest in work that explores how cities and other natural systems as rivers, seas, forests and other alike have been in interaction and characterize the territory in terms of spacial morphology and political systems and values affect the way territories evolve and are categorised.


Photographic entries should be submitted through email - the web service WeTransfer at http://www.wetransfer.com can be used and the following email address should be utilized: scopiocontests@cityscopio.com

The submission must consist of a zipped folder (max. size 40 MB) with the name of the participant (FIRSTNAME_LASTNAME.zip) which must contain:

  • Title
  • Body with resume (must not overcome 2000 characters), preferably bilingual or English only;
  • Work summary: technical elements;
  • Each project submitted to contest should contain a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 photographs;

Digital signatures or watermarks on the images submitted to contest are not allowed.

The set of images must be all in JPEG or TIFF format, and each image should not exceed 2MB. The files of the images must be identified and numbered according to the display order that is intended, for example PROJECT_NAME_PHOTO1, PROJECT_NAME_PHOTO2

Warning: these lower resolution images are intended to be viewed on a computer screen, the participants should create these images from the original higher resolution photographs, and should also keep them in their possession in order to sent them to the organization if requested for printing purposes.

All the photography narratives will be evaluated by an independent jury. Annually, scopio invites curators, architects, artists and photography connoisseurs to view and select the most innovative photography works in this international contest. 

This year’s jury will be announced soon.

More info here


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