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SCOPIO International Photobook 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 Photobook Contest has as theme Crossing Borders and Shifting Boundaries: Territory, which is the main theme of the current cycle of scopio Magazine that 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 3 winners (first prize and 2 honourable mentions)  will be partially published in scopio Magazine VIEWFINDER, which will be entirely devoted to this contests. The first prize for the photobook will be granted the possibility for making a special edition published in Author´s Book collection. All the 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.

Last contest photobook publication - NO

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)Escola Superior de Media, Artes e Design (ESMAD / P.PORTO)School of Architecture in Zaragoza (EINA)School of Architecture in Liverpool (LAS) and University of South Wales (USW).

The general objectives of this contest, as the name implies, is directed towards the creation of an Artist Photobook, which also involves the visual defition of a concept. The focus is on creating a narrative, of no less than 20 images with a descriptive memory of no more than 1000 words, assuming that by presenting a story the reader will pulled and "entertained". In this case, an image is linked with the next one at a fundamental, conceptual and emotional level, increasing the reader's attention to the work in order to figure out what those connections are. Our aim is to reveal the potential of the photobook as a mature medium capable of communicating different perspectives and of combining diverse art expressions to convey in a unique way the rich multi-layered contemporary issues related to architecture, city spaces and the territory where people live and work. In this sense, we are accepting entries of small limited editions of Artist Photobooks or Dummies, as long as they follow the regulations and the publishing disclosure rights of the contest.

We are also searching for new talents and awareness towards photography and architecture through the Artist Photobook, 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 site shall also be used to publish the projects within the contest. 

We are interested in photobooks 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.

To be considered eligible for the contest, the participants should send us by email the following:

  • Physical book dummy;
  • 3 original prints (300mm x 240 mm - vertical or horizontal format);
  • The digital version of the 3 prints sent + cover (to divulge through our site);
  • A descriptive memory of no more than 1000 words, preferably bilingual or English only)

Please note that to receive back by email the physical book dummy, if not selected, participants must send to us the dummy in a pre-paid mail pack.
The organisation will select a set of self-published Dummies to be part of the CITYZINES showcase in scopio Network.

The address to submit your work is:
Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
Via Panorâmica S/N | 4150-564 Porto


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