View from the Window - Photography Challenge

View from the Window - Photography Challenge

The AIA DC - Urban Design Committee ( has a fun stay at home challenge for everyone. In this challenge, let us look at what is happening outside through the lens of a camera (cell phones make for great cameras). So, open your windows and share your images!

When we take photos, we use all kinds of things to frame our images and get the viewer’s eye to focus where we want it: architectural elements, monuments, cityscape, lighting. Do you know what can be a great frame? An actual frame — a window frame.

Windows make up an abode, but they are also there to give us an opportunity to look outside, be aware of what is happening in our environment, in our community, in our city. Since we are all stuck indoors, this month’s photography challenge topic is the View from the Window Challenge!

Entries are open to all who are not a member of the AIA DC Urban Design Committee.

How to Enter:

​Focus on a subject relevant to the theme
Share a compelling photo
Post on Instagram with #uddcwindowview & tag @aia_ud_dc or email it to
Include a title, location, and date
The image can be just about anything as long as you follow the theme — the beautiful suburbs seen from your living room window, the hustle and bustle outside your office building, or a breathtaking cityscape from a high-up observation deck.

If you feel like you are ready for a challenge and want to take it a step further, participate in the bonus tasks (one or all):

  • Take a picture of the sun set
  • Take a picture of a landscape
  • Take a picture through the glass or another medium to add texture to your photo
  • Take a picture to include a historic monument
  • Take a picture of a full interior scene with the view as a partial element
  • Take an image focused on someone’s eyes (the windows to the soul)
  • Take a picture of a piece of art that feels like a window to another world
  • Take a photo of your view from an open window, with no hint of the window in sight.
  • Take an image at night (after sunset)
  • Take a picture of a view that evokes an emotion

Photos will be evaluated on originality, creativity, and visual spirit. Photos will be judged by a panel of urban design committee members.

The winning photo(s) of this challenge will be featured in the urban design committee’s annual journal, Avenues Vol 4, winner(s) will get their own personal copy of Avenues Vol 3 and the winning entry(s) will get mentioned on our social media platforms.

By participating, you agree that you are the sole author and copyright holder of the material and you grant permission to AIA|DC the right to distribute, publish, or otherwise share your material through social media in connection with this photography competition.

In order to enter, your Instagram account must be open to the public for the duration of the contest. Per Instagram rules, this contest is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Instagram rules and conditions apply.

Photos with a recognizable person or people must, if selected by the jury, be accompanied by a Model Release from the subject(s) or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or legal guardian who permit the use of such photo.

If any questions, contact

More Information:

Check out previous publications of the Journal - Avenue:

The submission process started on April 18, 2020. Applications submitted prior to that date will not be considered. 

This competition was submitted by an ArchDaily user. If you'd like to submit a competition, call for submissions or other architectural 'opportunity' please use our "Submit a Competition" form. The views expressed in announcements submitted by ArchDaily users do not necessarily reflect the views of ArchDaily.

Cite: "View from the Window - Photography Challenge" 13 May 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
"View from the Window"  a Quarantine Photography Challenge. Graphic Credit: Kumi Wickramanayaka


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