Capture Your City


June 9 – October 3
Bryghuspladsen at BLOX

What does the city look like if we cut away sunsets and summer days? If we look at the city with brutally honest eyes, what other images show up?

This year, the Capture Your City theme was ‘No Filter’ and we invited participants in the competition to look past the romantic painting and instead see beauty in the timeworn, the raw, the shabby, and the abandoned in the city. More than 5,000 photographs were submitted for the competition.

In the Capture your city exhibition you can explore the best photos, chosen by a jury with e.g. photographer Marie Hald and film producer Emile Hertling Péronard. The exhibition includes photographs from the open main competition and from the schools competition for middle classes and final classes.

If you feel like having your photo in the exhibition, you can take part in the Capture Your City competition in 2024!


1st Place
Natascha Lhea Narvaez Nielsen: Tiny living

The jury’s statement:
“The 1st prize winner in Capture Your City 2023 takes us into a very private and intimate space. We have an honest look into everyday life in the city, where the laundry and washing-up struggle for space in the cramped kitchen. The window frames the city outside – we see the many other apartments, where similar lives are perhaps playing out. There is something timeless about the photograph; having to live in a small space has always been part of life in the city. The photograph has a nice composition and could have been taken for a newspaper report.”

2nd Place
Asger Korsgaard: Nørrebroparken

The jury’s statement:
“The motif is a strong example of this year’s theme, depicting the sometimes less attractive side of the city when the diggers and mayhem of construction move in. But it also shows how, despite everything, citizens can still find oases in the changing cityscape, and almost in contempt sit on their favorite bench and piece of grass, even though their chosen spot is not exactly welcoming. This photograph seems rather messy at first, but after a little time a harmony takes shape, and there is much to explore.”

3rd Place
Alex Traberg: Who’s your daddy

The jury’s statement:
“This photograph brings to mind H. C. Andersen and the Ugly Duckling. The beautiful and enchanting is covered by dirty plastic! The photograph plays with the contrast between nature and culture – the live birds sitting on the artificial; a theme repeated in H. C. Andersen’s fairytales and in the manmade city with its nature. The photographer was clearly in the right place at the right time and captured the moment displaying human imitation of nature.”

Winners – School Contest

1st Place
Lucas John Hansen: Fest og farver

6.d. Kildegårdsskolen (Herlev)

The jury’s statement:
“The photographer has captured a very special energy and without a filter. The red light and smoke are aesthetically very impressive. The motif also tells a story; it could serve as a photograph in a newspaper report for young people! There is something disturbing and secretive about it, because we cannot see the face of the ‘protagonist’, and the mystery leads us to think about what is actually going on and where it is all happening.”

2nd Place
Alma Christine Hulgaard Gebhardt: Uden titel

8. klasse Søndermarksskolen (Rønne) ​

The jury’s statement:
“Is it architecture? A staircase? Perhaps the Forest Tower on Zealand? No, it is a pile of car tires with a little rainwater, but it takes a while for the observer to realize this. The photograph links perfectly with this year’s theme of finding beauty in unexpected places. It zooms in on some objects in the city that may have been left behind or forgotten and shows that poetry can even be found here.”

3rd Place
Freya Elina Stokbro og Ellen Gjerløv Winther: Bilulykke

5.a. Filstedvejens Skole (Aalborg)

The jury’s statement:
“A conceptually well thought out and well taken photograph. The cars are reflected in the glass pane, and they lead our thoughts to the title of the photograph: “Road Accident”. The motif captures the ugliness in the city – garbage, soot, and broken glass, but with a classical mirroring technique that makes the photograph interesting to look at and impressive in its very own way.”


Emile Hertling Péronard

Film producer

Emile Hertling Péronard is a Greenlandic film producer based in Copenhagen. His production companies, Ánorâk Film and Polarama Greenland, build bridges between Greenland and Europe by producing documentaries, fictional and new media productions. Most recently, Emile produced the award-winning Music for Black Pigeons by Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed  as well as Twice Colonized, which will open this year’s Danish documentary film festival CPH:DOX. For more than a decade, he has worked to improve conditions for film production in the Arctic, and his films have been shown at the Festival de Cannes, the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival.

Marie Hald


Marie Hald is a Danish photographer who has achieved international recognition, winning, among other things, a World Press Photo Award. She currently has a major solo exhibition at Denmark’s national Portrait Gallery at Frederiksborg Castle and has previously had a solo exhibition at the renowned Fotografiska museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Marie is known for her book of photography, Feminin, which features more than 100 photographs of people between the ages of 0 and 102. Her photographs appear raw and unedited, resulting in a book that honestly portrays the many different ways a body can look.

Maja Dyrehauge

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.


Mia Heil Rasmussen

Head of Marketing and Communications Dansk Arkitektur Center

Mia is responsible for marketing and communication at the Danish Architecture Center. She has a good eye for graphic arts and photo through her work. Mia is representing DAC for the first time this year in the jury.


Tanja Zhigalova

Winner of the Capture Your City contest in 2022

Tanja Zhigalova won the 2022 Capture Your City photo contest when the theme was Soul of the City. Her photograph contained a delicate contradiction between an elderly lady and a large statue outside the Church of Our Lady – Copenhagen Cathedral. Each year, we invite the winner of the previous year’s contest to sit on the jury and offer their view on who should take the title of Capture Your City winner!


Contest Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions for participation in the Capture Your City 2023 photo contest and subsequent exhibition.

When you upload a photo to the Danish Architecture Center’s Capture Your City photo contest 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 schoolchildren from grade 7 and up and the prize is awarded to the school. In order to participate in the school contest, the teacher submits photos on behalf of the schoolchildren to, with “Fang din by 2023 – skolekonkurrence” or “Capture Your City 2023 – school contest” in the subject line. 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 #DACfangdinby2023 or by submitting a photo to, with “Fang din by 2023 – hovedkonkurrence” or “Capture Your City 2023 – main contest” in the subject line. The remaining terms and conditions for participation are the same for both contests; see below.

2 IMAGE RESOLUTION Regardless of whether you participate via email 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 – however, it is a requirement that the photo is taken in Denmark, Greenland or the Faeroe Islands in order to reflect the urban landscape and and its development in this region.

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 main 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 #DACfangdinby2023; 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 passes 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 DATA: Your name and personal data 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 data will be erased at the conclusion of the exhibition period in fall 2023.
Your personal information will not be used to promote other DAC activities or in commercial contexts. All personal data 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

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The photo contest is supported by Realdania and developed in collaboration with Copenhagen Photo Festival.