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Competition to photograph the best of Wales' 20th Century architecture


For much of the 20th century, a group of architects sought to define a new architecture for Wales. From grand civic buildings to radical new approaches to housing, these architects took inspiration from global design movements to define an architecture unique to Wales.


We are looking for images that capture something of the story of a particular 20th century building or structure in Wales. That story could be to do with its relationship to its users, its physical context, nature, or contemporary culture and politics. This competition is not about the technical prowess of the photographer, but about the ability to communicate an idea through a single frame.


If you’re not sure where to start, then here is an interactive map detailing some of these buildings. This isn’t a definitive list, and we encourage all entrants to do some research and find the hidden gems local to them. Please note that a number of these buildings may be located on private property, and it is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that they have secured any necessary permissions to take and share their images.


1. The image must feature a building or structure built between 1900 and 1999 in Wales. Images can be captured on any device or camera and should be uploaded to your Instagram account tagging @DC.ffoto and using the hashtag #DCffoto. We will then repost entries to the @DC.ffoto Instagram account.

2. The image caption is to include the name of the building, its designers and the year in which it was built if known, as well as a single sentence, in Welsh or English, that states why you chose that particular composition to tell that building’s story.

3. We encourage colour, exposure and crop adjustments to the image if it helps to communicate the idea. Manipulation of the content of the photo is not allowed.

4. Entrants are welcome to contribute more than one image, to be submitted as separate posts.

5. If you do not have an Instagram account, then please email entries to

6. Images must have a resolution of at least 8 megapixels. Please retain an original unedited version of any image that you enter.


The winners will be decided by a panel of judges.

1st Prize:  £300 
2nd Prize: £150 
3rd Prize:  £50 

A selection of images may also be included in future exhibitions and a book publication, and the contributors of those images will be contacted in advance. By entering the competition you consent to Design Circle using your image/s in this way. Please also read the full terms and conditions before entering.

Closing date for the competition is 07 December 2020.

   Terms and Conditions

  • This Competition is open to all ages; however if under the age of 14 consent from a parent or guardian is required to receive a prize.

  • All information detailing how to enter this Competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.

  • There are two entry routes to this Competition as follows: by email to or via Instagram using the tag @DC.ffoto and #DCffoto. Entries must be labelled with the name of the building and its designer. We regret that we are unable to accept postal entries.

  • All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date. The advertised closing time and date is subject to change at the discretion of Design Circle.

  • All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have won a prize in any other photographic competition.

  • It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit which include an identifiable person or persons have been taken with the permission of the person or persons pictured and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws.

  • It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that they are abiding by any restrictions in place at the time related to minimising the spread of Covid-19.

  • Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.

  • Copyright in all images submitted for this Competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing the Competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to Design Circle to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites, their social media accounts, their exhibitions, and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition.

  • Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

  • Events may occur that render the Competition itself or the awarding of the prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the Promoter and accordingly the Promoter may at its absolute discretion vary or amend the Competition and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to the Promoter as a result thereof.

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