Open House San Diego Photo Contest

Open House San Diego 2021
Celebrating architecture, urban design & the built environment

OH! San Diego Photo Contest

Calling all architectural photography enthusiasts!  San Diego Architecture Foundation (SDAF) is launching the OH! San Diego 2021 Photography Contest and we are looking for your submissions.

Thanks to the power of social media it is easier than ever before to enter.   The task is simple: there are seven neighborhoods included in this year’s OH!  We want you to submit photos that powerfully capture any one of the OH! sites on our self-guided tour.  Seven winners will be selected.  Each winner will receive a gift certificate from a participating local restaurant.

The photos can capture a single architectural detail, an entire building, the landscape or the surrounding context.  We are looking for powerful images that tell a story about Design + Community.

Preparing for the Contest

To help you feel confident about entering the contest, SDAF is providing the opportunity to learn from one of the best architectural photographers in San Diego.

In a series of short videos, Jim Brady of Brady Architectural Photography will walk you through composing images, finding the light, and tips on how to capture the most powerful image.

How to Enter

Unlike previous years, all entries will come through social media.   Use your smartphone to upload your entries to your Instagram account, tag @SDarchitecture and use the hashtag #OHPhotocontest.   Include the neighborhood in the location and mention the site in the comments.

Submissions may be posted to the SDAF Instagram and Facebook pages, with credit given to the photographer.

Winners will be chosen at random by no later than March 15, 2021.

Make sure to follow @SDarchitecture on Instagram for all the latest about OH! 2021 and the OH! photo contest.


  • Photos must be taken at one of the OH! 2021 Sites between March 5 – 12, 2021
  • All entries must be submitted through Instagram and include the tags @SDarchitecture and #OHPhotocontest
  • Winners will be announced on social media and SDAF will message the photographer
  • By submitting your photos to this contest, you allow SDAF to feature your photos on our website ( as well as via email and social media posts (including promoted posts)
  • Seven winners will be selected. Each winner will receive a gift certificate from a participating local restaurant.

Terms and Conditions

The ownership of the copyright in images submitted will remain yours and you are free to republish them wherever and in whichever medium you wish. By submitting your photographs to OH! San Diego you grant the San Diego Architectural Foundation and OH! a non-exclusive right to use the image(s) on our website, social media, printed pieces and promotional materials relating to the San Diego Architectural Foundation, OH! San Diego And Open House Worldwide. We reserve the right not to accept/publish submitted photographs. Photographs submitted to competition must be the original work of the entrant.

Photo Contest Sponsors

Thank you to our OH! photo contest sponsors, we appreciate your support!



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    Georgette Gomez
    Council President
    City of San Diego

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