Critical Visions

2019 Student Photography Competition

Critical Visions is the 2019 student photography competition presented by the Julius Shulman Institute and the AIA San Fernando Valley. Open to all students of Architecture in Southern California, the competition celebrates student understanding and appreciation of photography of the built environment. The competition provides opportunities for student photographers to contribute to the discourse on urban image-making.



All submissions must be sent by Friday, April 29th, 2019. No late submissions will be accepted. Critical Visions is open to all students of architecture in Southern California. Submission of entries acknowledges their use for publication and exhibition by the Julius Shulman Institute.


Students of architecture are allowed to submit up to two photographs for entry. Each entry must be digitally submitted as a 11 x 8.5″ format, 300 dpi jpeg. Files should be named as follows: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TITLE.jpg  Please include your name, school and contact phone number. 100 word artist statements should be included with each photograph submitted.


All awarded entries will be exhibited at the Woodbury University Hollywood Outpost (WUHO) Gallery on Saturday, May 1th 2019. The Critical Visions exhibition will coincide with the 2019 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award.

Contact & Submit

Email submissions to: [email protected]
If you have questions about the competition, please send inquiries to
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The Julius Shulman Institute

Architectural photographer Julius Shulman founded the Institute at Woodbury University in 2005 spurred by his passion for education. His endowment supports students, career artists, and commercial photographers who encourage us to look at our physical environment from a unique and critical perspective. In pursuit of this mission, the Institute offers public programming, including exhibitions, workshops and symposia, disseminates information through publication and diverse media, as well as supporting scholarships and awarding excellence.

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2019 Jurors

Author, fine art photographer based in Germany and Los Angeles Former Creative Partner and collaborator with Julius Shulman

Los Angeles Architect, educator and fine-arts photographer

Professor of architecture and photography, Kennesaw State University School of Architecture
Chancellor of the College of Distinguished Professors. ACSA.
Founder of Lightroom, Decatur, Georgia

Photographer living and working between New York, Mexico City and Ensenada, Baja California.
2019 Julius Shulman Excellence in Photography awardee

Program Administrator of the Creative Action Department at Otis College of Art and Design Photography educator, Los Angeles Center of Photography

California Coordinator for the Society of Architectural Historian’s Archipedia project Architectural historian, curator, author and educator.
Former Managing Director of the Julius Shulman Institute

Architectural Photographer, San Diego
Adjunct professor, Woodbury University San Diego.

Visual artist, photographer and educator.
Adjunct professor, Woodbury University.
President of the Southern California chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art (SCWCA) Member of the Board of the National Women’s Caucus for Art

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AIA San Fernando Valley

The AIA San Fernando Valley is a local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The AIA advocates for the value of architecture and design across the built environment. Their work drives positive change through the power of design. The local chapter offers many services to members and the community, including support for student scholarships and continuing education. The San Fernando Valley Chapter continues to support student photography alongside the Julius Shulman Institute.

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Image Credits

Stahl House by Sona Tsarukyan
Spy Dust, 2018 Julius Shulman Photography Competition
Julius Shulman at the Kaufman House in Palm Springs, Calif., Courtesy Todd Eberle
San Fernando Valley at Night, courtesy Trekandshoot | Shutterstock


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