Your City

New Beauty

Capture Your City

New Beauty

Photo Competition

March 1 – May 1, 2024


June 6 – October 1, 2024
Bryghuspladsen by BLOX

Close-cut lawns with ‘Keep off the grass’ signs – that’s the ‘nature’ we usually find in our cities. But can we find beauty in weeds and the less planned greenery too? A tree shooting up where it wasn’t supposed to, or wildflowers blooming in a road verge.

We buy and throw out more than ever before – from our homes and in the building industry, where we tear down buildings and replace them with new ones. But if we want more bees in our back yards and less construction waste on the curb, shouldn’t we get used to seeing the world around us with new eyes too?

In 2024 the theme is: New Beauty

  • If instead of newly painted white walls, we need to learn to live with patina and traces of the past – where can you find these in your city?
  • If our cities need more weeds and wild nature – how does the countryside, the forest or the beach coexist with the asphalt in your city? And maybe we humans are not the only creatures living in cities?
  • If we ought to share more things in the future – can you find new communities and ways of living in your city?

In 2024 Capture Your City is made in collaboration with the New European Bauhaus project Desire – an Irresistible Circular Society, and for the first time this year Capture Your City is open to everyone in Europe – and especially to the collaborating cities of Riga, Amsterdam, Milan, Turin, and Ljubljana. Can we find new beauty in the old Soviet buildings of Riga? Are there signs of wild nature in Ljubljana? Are there new ways of dealing with water in Amsterdam? Or foxes living in Turin or Milan?

When judging your photo, the panel will concentrate on:

  • A clear depiction of this year’s theme
  • Interaction between the physical framework and people
  • An exciting composition

The photo competition is supported by the philanthropic association Realdania and developed in collaboration with the New European Bauhaus project Desire – an Irresistible Circular Society. Desire is funded by the EU.

How to Participate

Post your photo on Instagram with #CaptureYourCity2024 and tag @danisharchitecturecenter. To participate via Instagram, your profile cannot be private. The competition runs from March 1 to May 1 2024. Or upload your photo here

Pictures posted after May 1 will not be included in the competition.

The competition team encourages everyone, regardless of where they live or who they are, to participate in the competition and looks forward to seeing all the interpretations of the theme ‘New Beauty.’

The photo competition is supported by the philanthropic association Realdania and developed in collaboration with Desire – an Irresistible Circular Society. Desire is funded by the EU.

Winning prizes

There are exciting prizes for the winners of the photo competition. But even if you don’t win, there’s an opportunity to have your photo included in the exhibition.

1st Prize

Interrail ticket with 10 travel days over 2 months
Annual pass to the Danish Architecture Center or a local partner in Milan, Riga, Turin, Amsterdam, or Ljubljana
Print of your photo

2nd and 3rd Prize

Tagtomat gift box with Bybi honey from Copenhagen and a mushroom box Seed box with microgreens from Tagtomat
Sparkling apple wine from Andersen
Wine made from Discovery apples
Print of your winning photo

The winners of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be notified in early May 2024. The winners will be announced and celebrated at the exhibition opening on June 6, 2024.


A jury will select the three winners and the photos that will be part of the exhibition. The exhibition will be on show from June 6 to October 1, 2024, at Bryghuspladsen in front of Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen, Denmark. Additionally, as something new this year, the exhibition will be shown digitally and physically in various locations across Europe.

Terms and conditions

When you upload a photo to Danish Architecture Center’s photo contest “Capture Your City – New Beauty” 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.
    a. The contest for schools is aimed at Danish 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 should submit photos on behalf of the pupils through this link: Upload your photo. The school in question is liable for ensuring that the individual participants hold the copyright to their submitted photo.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 #CaptureYourCity2024 or by submitting a photo through this link: Upload your photo. The remaining terms and conditions for participation are the same for both contests, see 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 to participate in Capture Your City. As in previous years, pictures with motifs from cities in Denmark (including Greenland and The Faroe Islands) will be accepted, and as something new in 2024, we will also accept photos from other countries in Europe as we are collaborating with partners in Italy, Slovenia, Latvia and The Netherlands. The picture does not necessarily need to be taken in 2024.
  • 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, for 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 and the competition partners 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 developed by DAC for free use by schools. DAC’s promotional activities include, but are not limited to: newsletters, publications 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 copyright 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 copyright to the photos you submit, and that you have unrestricted right to use the photos, and thereby 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, for the school contest, to the school in question.
  • 8 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 #CaptureYourCity2024. 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 and the competition partners, see 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 photos submitted 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 will be contacted direct 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 2024.
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


Julie Quottrup Silbermann
Director CHART (Denmark)

Julie has been in the art world throughout her career, most recently as the director of CHART, an art fair for Nordic galleries held every year in August in Copenhagen. She has a long background in the gallery sector, where she has worked for the Nils Stærk Gallery, the David Risley Gallery and the Martin Asbæk Gallery.

Natascha Lhea Narvaez Nielsen
Winner of Capture Your City 2023

Natascha won with an honest photo of the interior of a classic Copenhagen apartment. The narrow kitchen is filled with laundry, washing-up and even a baby being washed in the kitchen sink. A unanimous panel was no doubt that this was the winning photo for the year. Natascha works as a health visitor for the City of Copenhagen.

Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen
Director Copenhagen Photo Festival (Denmark)

Maja Dyrehauge Gregersen, Managing Director of Copenhagen Photo Festival, has an increasing interest in experimental and outdoor exhibition concepts as she strives for a more accessible and sustainable festival format. She has strong focus on international collaboration and has worked with many art and photography institutions, festivals and photographers as a curator, juror, and portfolio reviewer.

Medarbejder Mia Heil Rasmussen
Kika Krista Kjærside
Head of Program Sector, Danish Architecture Center (Denmark)

Kika is a qualified architect from the Aarhus School of Architecture, and architecture has always been at the center of her career, although she has never worked as an actual designing architect. Kika has previously worked at the Danish firms AART Architects and BIG — Bjarke Ingels Group.


Femke Gerritsma
Communication Manager, Arcam (Netherlands)

Femke Gerritsma is an art historian and has worked in the field of communication and marketing in the cultural sector for almost 15 years. In 2013 she moved to London where she worked for two years as a marketing manager at The Crafts Council. When she moved back to the Netherlands in 2015, she started her current position as the communication manager at Arcam.


Hana Čeferin
Curator, MAO (Slovenia)

Hana Čeferin holds an MA in Art History from the University of Ljubljana. Since 2023, she has been Head of the Biennial of Design in Ljubljana. Hana also has extensive experience in working with photography – e.g. as a curator at Galerija Fotografija in Ljubljana, where she has curated exhibitions with both Slovenian and international photographers.

Federica Tognon

Curator, Unità Progetti Speciali e Fabbrica del Vapore, Comune di Milano (Italy)

Federica holds an MA in Archeology from the University of Milan and a master’s in ‘Management of Cultural Heritage’. Since 2023, she has been working for the Municipality of Milan as curator for Unità Progetti Speciali e Fabbrica del Vapore. Federica also has a ten year long experience in museum education.


Arnita Verza

Landscape Architect, Riga Municipality (Latvia)

As a landscape architect Arnita is working with the development of Riga as part of the municipality. Before joining the team at the City Development Department she worked as a landcape architect in a private practice. Arnita is part of the DESIRE team in Riga where the ‘site’ is an old Soviet housing block in need of renovation.

Monica Poggi

Photography historian, CAMERA (Italy)

Since 2019 Monica has been working at CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia (Turin) as Curator and Exhibition Manager. Among the exhibitions she has worked on are Eve Arnold. Works from 1950 -1980 and Robert Capa and Gerda Taro: Photography, Love, War. She combines her curatorial activity with writing doing collaborations with newspapers and magazines.


Desire – an Irresistible Circular Society

This year Capture Your City is a part of the New European Bauhaus project Desire – an Irresistible Circular Society. Desire experiments with creating sustainable, attractive, and inclusive urban spaces which respect the limited resources of the planet. The project is funded by the European Union.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

Arcam is an architecture center in Amsterdam that hosts exhibitions, talks, guided tours, research projects, etc. The architecture center is located in a spectacularly shaped building designed by the Dutch architect René van Zuuk. Arcam was founded in 1986 and is one of the oldest and largest architecture centers of the more than 40 architecture centers in Holland.

Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) was founded in 1972 in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana. The 16th century castle in which it is based houses a large collection of works in the fields of architecture, urban planning, industrial and graphic design, and photography. MAO is also the organizer behind BIO – The Biennial of Design in Ljubljana, an international platform for new approaches in design and the oldest design biennial in Europe.

Fabbrica del Vapore and Milan Municipality
Milan, Italy

Fabbrica del Vapore is an intercultural center run by the Municipality of Milan. It is located in an old tram factory in Milan. Fabbrica del Vapore is a meeting place dedicated to contemporary art but also theater, music, dance and film.

Riga Municipality
Riga, Letvia

In Riga, ‘Capture Your City’ is cooperating with Riga Municipality. Riga is a city with more than 800 years of history. It is home to the largest concentration of Art Nouveau buildings in the world. However, 70% of the population lives in a completely different architecture; Soviet-era building blocks. How can they be transformed and can we find some new beauty in them?

CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia
Turin, Italy

CAMERA is based in Turin and is a pivotal hub for promoting photographic culture in Italy. CAMERA was founded in 2015 and shows 2-3 major temporary exhibitions each year with both international and Italian photographers. Through exhibitions, dialogue, educational initiatives, and courses, CAMERA aims to enhance understanding, foster dialogue, incite curiosity, and provide a more profound interpretation of reality through images.