Photo Competition

In 2016, we ran a competition to find photographs to include in a new book about thePhotography competition value and significance of architectural ceramics to communities in Europe.

Using the hashtag #ceramicsinarchitecturecomp, participants shared an example of ceramics in architecture in their town or city.

The winning photographs are included in our new publication, Viewpoints: Ceramics in architecture across Europe.

Who were the judges?

The competition judges have a broad range of expertise in photography, the arts and social activism and architecture.

  • Biljana Djordjević – Senior Curator and ethnoarchaeologist, National Museum of Belgrade
  • Jose García Poveda – Photojournalist
  • Carmen Sevilla – Professor in Arts
  • Bia Santos – Artist, Social activist
  • Vicente Gallart – Architect, head of Plan Cabanyal-Canyamelar
  • John Snowdon – Lecturer in photojournalism, Staffordshire University
  • Danny Callaghan – Heritage Activist, Artist and Consultant. Project Lead for The Potteries Tile Trail and Ceramic City Stories, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Kim Watson – Director of Watson Media and Project Coordinator

What were the judges looking for?

The judges were looking for photographs that raised questions, or told a story about the interaction and relationship between people and the architectural ceramics in their communities. Are the ceramics overlooked, or highly valued? Who are the ceramics important to – local people, specialists in architecture, public institutions? The judges were particularly interested in the potential of architectural ceramics as a driver for community regeneration.

The ceramics should be prominent in the photograph, but not the only feature. Your images should bring the subject and story to life for people without a specialist interest in the subject of architectural ceramics.

Which organisations were involved?

The Architectural Ceramics module of the Ceramics and its Dimensions project is led by the National Museum of Ceramics and Applied Art “González Martí in Spain and co-organised by Ulster University and the Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade. The module is also strongly supported by the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in FaenzaEstonian Museum of Applied Art and DesignTechnical University IlmenauPotteries Museum and Art Gallery, Riga Porcelain MuseumNational Museum of Slovenia, Staffordshire University and of course, our project lead, Porzellanikon – Bavarian state museum for porcelain.

Logos of partners involved in the Ceramics and its Dimensions project