The winners of the Photo Contest 2023
The ARL organised another edition of the free and non-commercial ARL photo contest, this time on the occasion of the 2023 ARL Congress themed "Towards a Viable and Mobile Future"!
The ARL was looking for a personal view on a socially just and ecologically responsible mobility – a multi-layered theme and we were excited to receive different impressions, illustrations and ideas.
What does mobility have to do with social justice? How is mobility related to topics like sustainability, gender or accessibility? And why does COVID-19 have an impact on all of that?
Submissions were accepted until the end of May - here are the winners!
1st Place Winner: Frank Amey
The first place in both the jury voting and the public voting goes to Frank Amey with the picture: "A significant image of the situation of public transport in peripheral rural regions of East Germany."
2nd Place Winner: Kathrin Prenger-Berninghoff
The second place in the jury voting goes to Kathrin Prenger-Berninghoff with the picture: "Bicycle parking at Delft Central Station."
3rd Place Winner: Michael Fritsche
The third place in the jury voting goes to Michael Fritsche with the picture: "Grey or colorful like a rainbow."
Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who particpated!
All entries can be found in our image gallery.
Dr. Sonja Deppisch is a Member of the Academy of Territorial Devlopment in the Leibniz Association. Currently, she works as a freelancer in her own office AResTra: Atelier for Resilience and Transformation in Berlin (Germany) on land-use, resilience, climate change and biodiversity issues. Before she lead the research theme "Global Change and Land-Use Strategies" at HafenCity University Hamburg (Germany) and her research focused on urban and regional resilience, their integration into land-use planning and development as well as how planning can deal with climate as well as environmental change. As a photographer she works on artistic as well as documentary long-term projects which relate the personal and / or the landscape with socio-political as well as historical developments.
Prof. Maroš Finka Member of the ARL, president of Association of European Schools of Planning, professor at STU in Bratislava and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, expert at the Ministry for Investment, Regional Development and Innovations of SR, co-chairman of the SPA-CE.net. His research focuses on European spatial planning, urban development and regeneration, he is author or co-author of 41 books, more than 200 published papers, including two books on spatial composition and interpretative aspects of architectural language.
Dr. Maria Partalidou is an Associate Professor of Rural Sociology at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Passionate about documentaries and photography she has used storytelling and images (photovoice) as a qualitative field research tool; as well as an educational tool for her students. She has published several papers on the social construction of rurality in the new era of mass media communication and on imaged based symbols produced and re-produced by urban dwellers rooted in the rural idyll.
Dr. Martina Hülz is a geographer and Head of the Academic Section for Economics and Mobility at the Academy for Territorial Development in the Leibniz Association. She focuses on issues of current interest in the field of post-growth economy, knowledge economy and mobility and spatial development.
The jury's selection process
The photos were evaluated by an international jury focusing on the following aspects:
- relevance to the topic as it was represented in the photographs,
- clarity of expression
- as well as photographic quality.
Of particular importance was that both the content conveyed and the photographic quality were convincing. Regarding the content the jury members discussed their spontaneous interpretations of the pictures and their bethinking of the pictures based on the other members interpretations and the captions, respectively.
The jury evaluated the photographic quality with regard to the perspective taken, light, composition and the overall aesthetic impression. They discussed whether these were artistically well realized and emotionally catching. In addition to the evaluation of the artistic and documentary implementation, another important factor for the ultimate ranking was which images had the strongest overall effect.