The Pevsner Architectural Guides series is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Started by the architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner in 1951, the Guides have been indispensible for both general readers and specialists, providing up-to-date portable guides to the most significant buildings in every part of the country. In celebration of this landmark year, we are hosting an architectural photography competition, with a chance to win the Pevsner Architectural Glossary as well as any Pevsner Architectural Guide of your choice.
For professional architects, students of architecture or historical building enthusiasts, the name Pevsner carries with it a prestige and authority unmatched by any other individual in the field of architecture.
When Nikolaus Pevsner first settled in England in the 1930s architectural history was hardly recognised as a serious academic subject, nor was trustworthy architectural information readily available for the traveller. At the time of his death in 1983, his name was synonymous with high-quality architecture books and continues to resonate within the architecture and history communities. Since Pevsner’s lifetime, the scope of the series has been broadened and deepened by the transformation of our understanding of the post-medieval centuries, the research into architecture and urban planning of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the wealth of interest in both rural vernacular buildings and the surviving structures of Britain’s industrial past. Revisions, before and since Pevsner’s death, have continued to take advantage of developments in architectural scholarship. A dedicated team of editors and writers based at Yale University Press, London continue to publish new and updated editions of Pevsner Guides, including the paperback City Guides and the recently published Architectural Glossary.
60th Anniversary Competition
In celebration of the Pevsner Series 60th anniversary, we are hosting an architectural photography competition, with a chance to win the Pevsner Architectural Glossary as well as any Pevsner Architectural Guide of your choice. We are looking for unique photographs of British architecture, but the rest is up to you: your photo can be quirky, fun, artistic, unusual, detailed or panoramic. Be creative, and make sure to include a caption detailing the location. You do not have to include your name in the caption. The photograph MUST be your own work, submitting someone else’s photograph will result in disqualification.
To enter simply submit your phtogoraph via Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or email (details below). The competition closes on October 30 2011. The winning entrant will be contacted by Yale University Press in the first week of November.
Enter on Flickr: Visit our Pevsner Photo Competition Flickr Group. Join the group and submit your photograph and caption.
Enter on Facebook: Visit our Pevsner Architectural Guides Facebook page and ‘Like’ it. You can then submit your photo on the page’s wall. This will then get added into a gallery.
Enter on Twitter: Follow Pevsner on Twitter. Use a Photo-sharing Twitter client (e.g. TwitPic) to message us your photo.
Enter via email: If you are not on Flickr, Facebook or Twitter, you can still enter the competition by emailing us your image at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure your photograph file is under 8 megabytes.
Visit Yale’s competition page for more details, along with the terms and conditions. Good luck!