– a city for everyone


1st Place Winner
Oliver Sperling

The jury says: The winning photo is a strong, socially aware and highly relevant photo! It perfectly captures the spirit of the times and illustrates how some people have to work hard so that others can live comfortably. The delivery worker brings people their dinner while others stay inside, safe from both rain and Covid. The container tunnel gives the delivery worker some shelter, but only for the moment the photograph lasts. The cold, gloomy colors give the photo weight and emphasize the social realism: the city is also a hierarchy.

2nd Place Winner
Anders Hjerming

The jury says: This photo shows the use of Copenhagen’s lakes as a new, white and magical urban space that quickly transformed into a popular, bustling hub. It is a powerful snapshot of the Covid reality, because even though we finally had a cold enough winter to open up these new urban spaces, we weren’t allowed to make full use of them. The photo shows how the authorities try to create structure using signs, while the people move about freely – and that is what makes this photo particularly relevant to today’s reality.

3rd Place Winner
Erik Jacoby Petersen

The jury says: This photo tells a clear story about everyday routines in the city, where people take the bus to work in all kinds of weather. The city is alive, even on early, rainy mornings. The motif is wet, weighty and weary, but also beautiful, with the bright red color striking a contrast to all the gray and adding a sense of mystery to daily life. For some people, the city is a recreational playground, for others it is the place where daily life begins and ends.

Winners – School Contest

1st Place Winner
Siv-Silke Skallebæk Gerlach /
Johanna Juhl- Nielsen

7.c Haderslev Realskole

The jury says: A beautiful photograph that poetically captures our times. The photograph has a strong composition, with the hand on the umbrella and the writing on the wall: “Take my hand”. It expresses what we all miss and mustn’t seek out in these Covid times – the physical contact that the city has always guaranteed to provide – making this photo both relevant and poetic. What’s more, the way the umbrella breaks the lines adds excitement to the photo.

2nd Place Winner
Elliot Kristian Matthews /
Rasmus Birkedal Wagner

6.f Buddinge Skole

The jury says: This photo questions how we plan our cities to provide good conditions for everyone. Here, we move from asphalt to concrete, and a brand-new playground is situated between two busy roads. The motif of the boy alone on the playground instills a feeling of abandonment and loneliness in the midst of the gray concrete. At the same time, the photo is well-composed, with the boy’s red colors adding warmth to the concrete landscape.

3rd Place Winner
Idun Bjørg Asbjørnsdóttir / Martha Marie Preetzmann Madsen

7.b Bernadotteskolen

The jury says: This photo screams “2021”. There is a powerful social and climate-conscious commentary associated with all the disposable masks you find discarded around the city. In an extremely short period of time, it has become hard to picture the city without masked faces, and this has erected a new barrier to our social lives in the city. This is a visually strong photo, with lovely colors and components, unpleasant and beautiful at the same time.

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