Competition was fierce for the first prize, €5000, of the Photo Of The Year architecture photo competition. A competition Aarhus School of Architecture launched for the first time earlier this year.
A total of 145 students from 46 different countries took part in the competition. They were asked to submit a series of five images under a theme about people and architecture.
The many contributions were judged by an international jury consisting of Architectural Photographer Hélène Binet, Architectural Photographer Jens Markus Lindhe, Aarhus School of Architecture, Rector Torben Nielsen, and Mette Sandbye, head of the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen.
From among the entries, the jury selected a photo series created by Sky Russell from America, a student of Harvard University. The series, called The Weaver’s Home, shows the way a weaver lives in Japan.
“After I submitted the photos, I had forgotten all about them, so I was extremely surprised when I found out that I won. I wanted to have my camera with me during my internship in Japan, and winning this competition only fuels me, even more, to keep on taking photos” says Sky Russell who took the photos during an internship in rural Japan.
“I am very interested in how our culture is being changed by depopulation, and I was very aware that the culture I was in the middle of could be gone within my lifetime. I want to keep working with the built environment and the link between design and people”, says Sky Russell.
Below you can see the winning series by Sky Russell