– a city for everyone

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.

For the sixth consecutive year, Danish Architecture Center is holding its nationwide photo contest “Capture Your City”, and all photography fans are welcome to join in.

This year’s theme is A City for Everyone

We all share our cities – but is there room for everyone? Does your city’s architecture invite all its inhabitants to make use of its spaces? Are there opportunities for everyone to express themselves, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or disability?

Show us some good examples – or even some poor ones.

This year, “Capture Your City” wants to see your interpretation of “a city for everyone”.

The most powerful photos will be featured in a public exhibition on Bryghuspladsen square outside Danish Architecture Center and at five selected libraries across the country (Aarhus DOKK1, Sønderborg, Aalborg, Faaborg and Ringsted).

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

This photo contest is funded by Realdania and developed in association with Copenhagen Photo Festival.

Please note, we also have a contest for schools and schoolchildren.

How to Participate

Upload your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #DACfangdinby2021.


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.

When will the contest take place?

The contest period is March 13 – May 13, 2021. Photos submitted or taken after May 13 will not be considered for the contest. The winners will be contacted directly in the week beginning May 24, 2021 (Danish calendar week 21).

The exhibition period for the photos is June 18 – October 7, 2021.

Former contributions to the photo contest by: Wilfred-Gachau, Lene Berg Rødbro, Asger Korsgaard, Sean Bodin, Kirsten Damgaard og Helle Kristiansen.

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.

1st prize

  • A guided tour of Danish Architecture Center’s current exhibition and a delicious lunch in the DAC Café, with spectacular views of Copenhagen Harbor (for you and four guests)
  • Your winning photo printed on a 70×100 cm acrylic block.

2nd and 3rd prizes

  • Your winning photo printed on a 70×100 cm acrylic block.

We will contact the 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place winners directly at the end of May 2021.

All winners will be announced publicly, and the prizes will be awarded at the opening of the exhibition on June 18, 2021.

The Photo Contest Jury

Ritt Bjerregaard

Former Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Social Democratic Party. Ritt Bjerregaard was a member of the Danish Parliament and held the positions of Minister of Education, Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of Food. She later became an EU Commissioner. During her term as Lord Mayor, one of Ritt Bjerregaard’s causes was inexpensive housing in Copenhagen.

Maja Dyrehauge

CEO of Copenhagen Photo Festival.

As CEO 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.

Niels Bjørn

Urbanist with a ph. d. in urban complexity and adviser to municipalities, housing organizations and others. Niels Bjørn has published the photo book “Life in China’s giant cities” and made the photo and film exhibition of the same name in DAC. Niels Bjørn has a background as a TV and film producer and currently hosts a podcast series called “Balladen om blokken” (Trouble on the Block) dealing with the issues of socially disadvantaged urban districts.

Dennis Skyum

Street and architecture photographer, who for more than 10 years has photographed all sorts of motifs on the streets of Denmark. Former winner of the Capture Your City.

Contest Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for participation in the Capture Your City 2021 photo contest and subsequent exhibition.

When you upload a photo to the Danish Architecture Center’s photo contest “Capture Your City – a city for everyone” 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 4 and up. 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 “Fang din by 2021 – Skolekonkurrence” or “Capture Your City 2021 – School contest” in the subject line and accompanied by contact information. 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 #DACFangdinby2021 or by submitting a photo to, with “Fang din by 2021 – Hovedkonkurrence” or “Capture Your City 2021 – Photo contest” 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 #fangdinby2021 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 2021.
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