The Architecture Practice Exposure Award


The Timothy Soar Archive has launched the Exposure Award, designed to give five architectural practices a fresh insight into photographing, communicating and promoting their ambitions. The winners of the award will be able to work with Tim at no cost, to draw on his experience and expertise to help design a practice approach to image-making and narrative development, helping establish or fine tune a pertinent and particular aesthetic.

The award will be structured as a workshop to give practices an insight into the process of selecting a photographer, developing a brief, creating favourable photographic conditions and refining a visual strategy. We will discuss the questions you need to ask your photographer, and the questions you should expect from them. How to brief your photographer, understanding how the requirements for the photographs – ie Awards, editorial, social media, etc. affect the making of the images and how you might create a consistent vision across multiple media. Mundane and practical details such as how to avoid additional costs, and unexpected copyright issues, working to deadlines, publicity schedules and magazine press dates. Also we will discuss ideas on how to ensure your client, contractors and suppliers are on board with your photography.

Ideas developed in the workshop will be worked out in a practical photography session to demonstrate how your narrative informs photographic choices.

Practices are invited to submit an email PDF including a short resume along with details of their work which can include built projects, projects under construction and projects on the drawing board. Applications will be judged on the promise of future achievement in architecture in its widest sense. Special consideration will be given to projects that address environmental issues and/or promote social change.

The work will ultimately be published as a series by Architecture Today with attending interviews, winners will be invited to discuss their experience as architects and how they share their vision with a wider world.

The award will be judged by Tim Soar along with Isabel Allen, Editor of Architecture Today and Satwinder Samra, Director of Collaborative Practice, Sheffield School of Architecture

Applications to Exposure@Soargallery.co.uk  by June 1st.


Terms & Conditions

By entering the Exposure Award you are deemed to have read and accepted all aspects of the rules described on this page.


1.     Entrants must be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB)
2.     The practice should be between 1 and 10 people in size
3.     There is no maximum age limit.
4.     The project must have been completed in the last three years, currently on site or about to start construction
5.     All work submitted must be solely produced by the architect registered for this award.
6.     Submissions should take the form of a brief synopsis with plans and drawings. No more than three A4 pages as email PDF
7.     The Project should be in England, Wales or Scotland
8.     Entrants must be sure that access will be granted for photography of the completed project and that the project will be presented at a standard able to be photographed.
9.     Entrants agree to permit external communication of the images made; not limited to publicity, press, website, social media, and any printed or digital material.
10.   If there needs to be rescheduling due to poor weather or any other contingency the Judges will not be liable for any costs incurred.
11.    The copyright of all images will remain with the photographer. The entrant will be free to use the images subject to the photographers standard T&C.
12.    In all matters arising in connection with the competition, the judges decision shall be final. No cash alternative is available.
13.    If the short-list position/prize lapses or the project fails to move forward Exposure reserves the right to select alternative winners.
14.    Shortlisted architects will be contacted directly. The names of the winner and shortlisted artists will be published on Twitter and elsewhere in competition publicity.
15.    The Judges reserve the right to cancel this competition or alter these rules if they consider that they have good reason to do so.
16.    The final date for entry is June 1st  2021.
17.    The Judges will not be responsible for any expenses incurred in entering the competition
18.   There is no expectation, right or implication that selected projects will receive publicity or publication beyond the communication associated with the award itself.
19.   These rules are governed by English law and any disputes will be decided only by the courts of England.
20.  Applicants are responsible for correctly describing their project. Any changes to the original details provided upon application must be notified to the Organisers.
21.   The Judges respect that projects submit to the contest will have a life beyond the award, you will retain right to publish the project as you see fit at your discretion
22.   The award will cover the costs and expenses for a day of photography by Timothy Soar to his normal professional standard at his discretion.