12/10/2012 - At the World Architectural Festival in Singapore diephotodesigner.de (Ken Schuchtmann) becomes “The World Architectural Photographer of the Year 2012″ by winning the “Arcaid Images Archtiectural Photography Awards (AAPA)”.
The judging panel includes: Will Alsop (All Design), Eva Jiricna (Eva Jiricna Architects), Kim Neilsen (3XN), Catherine Slessor (The Architectural Review), Kate Goodwin (Royal Academy), Wong Chiu Man (WOW Architects), James Russell (Bloomberg) and Lord Rogers of Riverside.
diephotodesigner.de about the winner image:
“For this image we drove about 4000km from Berlin to Central Norway and back again. It is the final shot of a three years work with travelling three times to the place "Trollstigen". The special experience was that we always had only just a small gap of time to realise the photos. We had to work under all wheather and light conditons. Beside this we had to work "around" every trafic and visitors. The place and the restaurant were in use and - of course - not closed for us. So it was very tricky to get all views in such a clean way. This spot is one of obout 40 restplaces and viewpoints which are located all over norway. It is a worldwide unique cultural program of the State of Norway to keep the country more attractive for the residents and the visitors. The design and architecture shows the wide range and special style of scandinavian architecture and is made by mainly small and young norwegian architecture companies.
diephotodesigner.de are are perhaps the first photographers who visited and made professional pictures of all these projects. Our aim was especially to work out the design in context of the nature and to point out the mainly extreme wheather conditions. Altogether it was a way of more than 17.000 km and nearly two and a half months production time. After and inbetween we worked countless hours for retouching them (every pcture lasts between ½ and one day). This process is still going on and the result will be a series of about 200-250 pictures of the architecture and the same number of pictures of the surrounding landscape. We are actually working on o book about the three journeys”.
Winner: Fernando Guerra
House for Elderly People, Portugal by Francisco Aires Mateus
Winner: Hufton + Crow
Category Sense of Place
Category Winner: Ken Schuchtmann - diephotodesigner.de
Category Buildings in Use
Winner: Hufton + Crow