Your City


– what is everyday magic to you?

Photo: Line Perlmutter

Competition period

March 5 – May 5 2020

Capture Your City is a photo contest where you get to show us the city through your eyes. Together with photographers and photo-nerds from all over Denmark, you are invited to show us how architecture influences the way we live and frames our everyday lives, year in and year out.

This year’s theme for the photo contest is Everyday Magic. We are all familiar with everyday life; it touches us all. It is our bike commute to work, visiting the shops in our neighborhood, and having dinner with family and friends. Everyday life is different for all of us. What is your everyday life like? And how does architecture help create the backdrop for your everyday life, at home and in urban spaces? We open our eyes to the things in life we tend to take for granted. Things that seem so familiar, but that aren’t really so familiar after all. Things that appear upon closer examination to be almost magical!

The most powerful photos will be featured in a public exhibition on Bryghuspladsen square outside the Danish Architecture Center and at several locations throughout Copenhagen.

I love the everyday/
Most of all I love the everyday/
The slow awakening to the familiar that isn’t really so familiar after all/

Dan Turéll, “Hyldest til hverdagen” (Ode to the everyday)

Photos: Wilfred-Gachau, Lene Berg Rødbro, Asger Korsgaard, Sean Bodin og Kirsten Damgaard.

The assignment

Take a photo that captures something special (and magical) in your everyday life.

In the evaluation, special emphasis will be placed on whether your photo:

  • Clearly captures this year’s theme
  • Shows interaction between the physical surroundings and people
  • Has an interesting composition

How to Participate

Upload your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #DACfangdinby2020. Or send your photo along with your contact information to and write “Fotokonkurrence Fang din by” or “Photo contest Capture Your City” in the subject line.

Who may win?

There are some great prizes at stake for the photo contest winners – but even if you don’t win, you still have a chance to be featured in the exhibitions around Copenhagen. We’ll announces the prizes in February.

When will the contest take place?

The contest period is March 5 – May 5, 2020. Photos submitted or taken after May 5 will not be considered for the contest. The winners will be contacted directly in the week beginning May 18, 2020.

The exhibition period for the photos is June 25 – October 7, 2020.

This photo contest is funded by Realdania and developed in association with Copenhagen Photo Festival. The prizes are sponsored by Vester Kopi and ByWho.

The Photo Contest Jury

Camilla van Deurs

Municipal Architect, City of Copenhagen

Camilla is the municipal architect for the City of Copenhagen and works with the city’s urban development. She was previously a partner with Gehl Architects, where she spent 11 years working with master plans, local development plans and citizen involvement in several countries.

Sonja Stockmarr

Head of Planning and Urban Projects, EFFEKT

As an architect, Sonja has worked with architectural journalism for DR – Danish Broadcasting Corporation, including hosting the program “Vi bygger det væk” (Let’s Build our Way Out of It). Sonja is also head of planning and urban projects at EFFEKT architectural studio.

Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen

Managing Director, Copenhagen Photo Festival

As managing director of Copenhagen Photo Festival, Maja shines a spotlight on international art and documentary photography. To Maja, photography is important because it has become an everyday language that everyone responds to and uses.

Tanya Lindkvist

Program Director, Danish Architecture Center

As program director at DAC, Tanya Lindkvist is responsible for a complete program with an emphasis on exhibitions, tours, events, learning, workshops and overall experiential design for cultural audiences.

Contest Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for participation in the Capture Your City 2020 photo contest and subsequent exhibition.

When you upload a photo to the Danish Architecture Center’s photo contest “Capture Your City – Everyday Magic” you also agree to the following terms, conditions and rights. Danish Architecture Center will hereinafter be referred to as DAC.

  • 1 CONTEST TYPES: DAC hosts two parallel contests within the Capture Your City project.
    The contest for schools is aimed at schoolchildren from grade 7 and up. As part of the contest, participants must also write a caption explaining the background for their photo. The prize for this contest is awarded to the winner’s class. In order to participate in the school contest, the teacher submits photos on behalf of the schoolchildren to, with “Skolekonkurrence Fang din by” or “School contest Capture Your City” in the subject line and accompanied by contact information and the photo caption. The school in question is liable for ensuring that the individual participants hold the copyright to their submitted photo.
    b. The ordinary contest is open to all participants over the age of 18, and the prize is awarded to the individual participant. Individuals participate by tagging their photo on Instagram with #DACfangdinby2020 or by submitting a photo to, with “Fotokonkurrencen Fang din by” or “Photo contest Capture Your City” in the subject line. The remaining terms and conditions for participation are the same for both contests, cf. below.


  • 2 IMAGE RESOLUTION Regardless of whether you participate via e-mail or Instagram, DAC must have access to a high-resolution photo file (file size 2MB-10MB). The submitted photo must be in JPG format, which is standard for most digital and phone cameras.


  • 3 LOCATION OF MOTIF: We encourage anyone interested in photography, from all over Denmark, to participate – however, it is a requirement that the photo is taken in Denmark in order to reflect the urban landscape and the development of Danish cities.


  • 4 RESTRICTIONS REGARDING MOTIF: It is not permitted to upload photos of people who have not given their consent for the photo to be made public. This also applies to photos of people in private, awkward or embarrassing situations, regardless of whether the subjects in the photograph are in a public space. You are personally responsible for obtaining consent for publication from all individuals featured in your photo, and any claims brought against DAC will be transferred to you, or in connection with the school contest, to the school in question.


  • 5 NUMBER OF PHOTOS: You are welcome to submit or tag multiple photos in the ordinary contest. However, each participant may only win one prize for one photo submitted to the contest. For the school contest, each participant may only submit one photo.


  • 6 RIGHT OF USE: When you submit a photo to DAC, you simultaneously give your consent for the photo to be used by DAC for promotion of the photo contest and for promotion of and use in the subsequent exhibition and in future editions of Capture Your City, including in promotional material for schools, which DAC develops for free use by schools. DAC’s promotional activities include but are not limited to: newsletters, publication on the Internet and social media, descriptions of DAC’s projects, and inclusion in publications, including through third party press coverage. If DAC wishes to use your photo in other commercial contexts, we will contact you to obtain your prior consent. You retain at all times the copyrights to your photos, and you will always be credited whenever your photos are used.


  • 7 COPYRIGHT: It is not permitted to upload/tag photos that you have not taken yourself. You must be able to confirm that you hold the copyrights to the photos you submit, and that you have the unrestricted right to use the photos, and thereby also the right to publish the photos. You must also guarantee that all photos are free of third party rights, and that all identifiable individuals in the photographs have given their consent for the photos to be used in accordance with DAC’s guidelines. Any claims brought against DAC will be transferred to you, or in connection with the school contest, to the school in question.


  • 9 WITHDRAWAL FROM THE CONTEST: You may withdraw from participation in the contest at any time during the contest period. Participation on Instagram is withdrawn by removing the hashtag #DACfangdinby2020; participation in the school contest is withdrawn by sending an email to After the conclusion of the contest period, the right to use your photo falls to DAC, cf. the above section.


  • 9 REJECTION: We reserve the right to reject any photos that are perceived to be inappropriate or offensive in nature. Photos carrying a watermark or containing text, such as a date, will be rejected out of consideration for the exhibition. DAC may at any time delete submitted photos that are not in compliance with the above terms and conditions.


  • 10 PROCESSING OF PERSONAL INFORMATION: Your name and personal information will only be used in connection with the contest and exhibition. Your name may be used in connection with crediting photos. The winners are contacted directly and announced to the public via DAC’s channels.

After the conclusion of the contest, we will contact you by email with an invitation to sign up for more information on next year’s contest if you are interested. If you do not wish to be contacted by us in future, your personal information will be deleted at the conclusion of the exhibition period in fall 2020.
Your personal information will not be used to promote other DAC activities or in commercial contexts. All personal information provided to DAC will be kept confidential and will not be shared with any third party. Read our general guidelines in our Privacy Policy.

This is a continually evolving document and subject to amendment without prior notice.
By submitting your photo, you simultaneously agree to the terms and conditions stated in this agreement. If you do not agree with the terms and conditions, please do not submit your photo. If you have any questions regarding the terms and conditions and how they apply to you, please contact the project team at