ARCH Academy of Design announces Design Story- an Online Photography Competition for the Best Observations & Commentaries on Design through photography.

The Competition will be held on the ARCH's Facebook Page

This year the thematic intent of the competition is to share a story which has "TOUCHED, MOVED & INSPIRED" you in terms of Design.

Every day we come across different kinds of people, situations and challenges. They shape our experiences and moods. Whether it's the people going about their daily lives-living, working, visiting or enjoying cultural, art & crafts, sports or music or it's the sound of traffic, pollution, garbage and other societal challenges, anything and everything has a story. Open up those Sight lines, shine your light on the Design that surrounds you & Inspire Us. Tell us the story through your Photographs. Then wait & let the Searchlight find you! Surprise the Eminent JURY Panel and win Exciting Awards.

Who can Participate & How?

  • The competition is open to all young participants between the age group of 16-25 years who can find interesting stories and connections in the world of Design surrounding us, & present an opinion on aspects, and share it with us.
  • Entrants are invited to visually capture a story which can "TOUCH, MOVE & INSPIRE" audiences in terms of Design through 1-3 sequence of pictures creating a Narrative Story.
  • Inspiration might originate from your environment or with your own visualizations or experiences of your past & present. Your imagination is the limit.
  • It can be captured with a Camera OR a Mobile Phone. It should be of high quality (min 8 Megapixel).
  • Also, accompany your submitted entry with your story/ commentary, in not more than 100 words.

Judgement Criteria & Jury

The aim of the competition is to develop sensitivity and observation skills in youth towards their surroundings and the Design that supports every aspect of life in visible & invisible ways.

The judging will be based on the Creators originality, point of view, & interesting fresh re-looks put forward as communication in the recorded Images and on the aesthetics of the presentation. Our Jury consists of eminent people from Photography, Design, Culture and Aesthetics.

Schedule of Events

Start of the Competition

Sunday, 1st October 2017

Deadline for Submission of entries

Tuesday, 31th October 2017

Notice of selection

Friday, 10th November 2017

Award Ceremony

Friday, 8th December 2017

Awards for Winners along with Certificates:

  • Ist prize: One Laptop
  • IInd Prize: One Instant Camera
  • IIIrd Prize: One Smart Phone
  • Viewers Choice Award : One Android Phone

The winning entries will be published in ARCH's Monthly Design magazine-Backstitch, with a large and special pan India & International readership ranging from Schools & Colleges, to Design Institutions and the Design Industry abroad.

  • The Top 25 will be uploaded & displayed on the International Design Communication Portal (
  • The Top 50 entries will be exhibited at the ARCH Campus.
  • The Top 100 entries will be awarded Participation Certificates.

Submission of Entry:

  • Submit Entry at (If the large file size is a constraint then you can send your entries through
  • Upload photographs depicting a story on the ARCH Facebook Page
  • One person can upload only ONE ENTRY (1-3 pictures, min 8 Megapixels)
  • Photos/ visuals must be YOURS. You should have the original with you, failing which, your submission may be disqualified.

Also add the following:

  • Photo title - so that we can identify your entry if you win
  • Location- Place where it was clicked/shot
  • Date- Date/s the pictures were taken
  • Camera/ Device used
  • Name
  • Email Id
  • Facebook Id/ Page URL
  • Contact Number

Guidelines for Entry:

  • Photograph Details :
    • Minimum 1 Picture, Maximum 3 Pictures
    • Minimum Resolution 3264 x 2448pixels, 8 Megapixels
  • Image processing is allowed only if it is done on completely original photographs of the participant.
  • Only limited image processing is allowed i.e. cropping, color correction, light enhancing, saturation and image resizing. Arch has the right to disqualify any picture based on excessive processing.
  • No Watermark is allowed
  • No collages are allowed, only one to three photographs telling the story, per submission.
  • Students are required to submit a story/ commentary of their own (in not more than 100 words) to explain the inspiration and rationale for their entry. This commentary will be reproduced to accompany each exhibited artwork. ARCH reserves the right to edit these commentaries.

Also add the following:

  • Segment (Photo)
  • Location- Place where it was clicked
  • Date- when picture was taken
  • Equipment used
  • Full Name , Email Id, Contact Number

Specifications for Photograph/s :

  • Minimum 1 Picture, Maximum 3 Pictures
  • Minimum Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Maximum Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels

How to Upload

Photo Guidelines:

  • Upload 1-3 pics (minimum 1, maximum 3) depicting a Design related Story
  • Click on Let's Roll Button

Terms for Entry:

  • The competition is open to all Students in the age group of 16-25 Years.
  • Coaching institutions/Schools or colleges may only submit entries on behalf of the student with his/her permission. A scan of a signed release to this effect, from the student, must accompany the entry.
  • ARCH will have Right to Use of all submitted entries. By entering this competition you are agreeing that the entry can be further reproduced or can be used in original form by the organizers (ARCH). These can be used on Posters, merchandise etc.
  • Entrants agree that all images selected for the exhibition, and the name of the creator, can be published on the ARCH website and the Design Communication portal, and used in Social Media, PR and marketing.
  • ARCH has a strict policy of avoiding reference to any political, religious or sexual topic. In addition, ARCH is never associated with weapons. Nor does it favor any one religion or caste over others.
  • If students wish to include references to active commercial Brands within their entries, such reference must be made in a way relevant to the core purpose of the message of the story.
  • If people are included in the submitted entries, it is important to remember the ethnic and cultural diversity of our country, and make provision accordingly with due sensitivity.
  • Once your entry has been received at you will get the Facebook link of the Event page on which the entry has been uploaded. The entry getting maximum Likes and Shares on the Facebook page will win the Viewer's Choice Award. You can share the link with your Friends/ Family to ask for votes.
  • Please do not thank or acknowledge the votes/comments individually during the duration of the contest. These comments bring the post on top of the timeline and hence may be disqualified on the ground of unfair practices.
  • Entries will be judged by a committee of independent judges. The judges' selection will be final. Correspondence regarding the judges' decisions will not be entered into.
  • Please note that you will be informed of the results by email once a decision has been made by the judges. For this purpose please ensure you can receive emails from our accounts
  • Prizes will be awarded at a special ceremony. Attendance will be by invitation only. The shortlisted students are permitted to bring two guests. Top three winners will be reimbursed AC 3 tier travel fare to Jaipur.
Please read the conditions and terms of entry carefully. You have to agree to them before you can submit your entry to the competition. Click on the following link to know more about the details. Any change/update of information will be posted on the following links:

Your story can be based on the following Keywords

Accidents of Design Dangers of Design Great Design Productive Design
Act of Design Decorative Design Inconvenient Design Recall by Design
Animal Design Destructive Design Injuries due to Design Safety by Design
Beauty of Design Diseases of Design Innovative Design Short term Solution Design
Byproducts of Design Emergency Design Insensitive Design Simplicity of Design
Caring Design Environmental Design Learning by Design Social Design
Cleanliness by Design Environmental effects of Design Life Aid Design Successful Design
Comfort Design Experimental Design Logic of Design Sustainable Design
Communication of Design Extending Capabilities Design  - tools/ prosthetic Multipurpose Design The Human in human Design
Convenience by Design Failures of Design Mutations by Design Useful Design
Cosy Design Forever Design Natural Design Waste by Design
Cycle of Design Functional Design Natures Design Waste Products of Design
    Need based Design Wasteful Design


Following are few examples of Photos/ Videos taken by us. Looking forward to have more interesting Ideas from you !

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Age should be between 16 to 25 years




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