DIA - Exterior Reflection (detail) ©Deanna Raso

Y/OUR Denver Architecture Photography Competition



***EXTENDED to February 1, 2020***

The Denver Architecture Foundation (DAF) and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) are pleased to present their 2nd annual Doors Open Denver Photography Competition, Y/OUR Denver.

Y/OUR Denver asked local photographers to find and photograph their favorite areas of Denver. The call was open to all forms of architectural imagery and from photographers of all skill levels. Juror Samantha Johnston, Executive Director of CPAC, selected 30 images for the exhibition from a pool of 246 entries. From digital, to photo etching, to the iPhone, Y/OUR Denver showcases the big and small areas of our city.

Y/OUR Denver will be hosted on both the CPAC and DAF websites.

Pictured above: DIA – Exterior Reflection, by Deanna Raso

Founded in 1990, the Denver Architecture Foundation continues to champion the deep-rooted connections between architecture, education and community-building through diverse and expanding programs. DAF is a unique organization in the Denver area, fulfilling strong public interest in local architecture and its relevance in shaping Denver’s past, present and future. As the city continues to experience unprecedented growth, DAF’s importance also grows – and we have responded by expanding and enhancing program offerings for all people living, working and studying in the Mile High City.


Best in Show – Greg Matheny

Best Exterior – Onat Kaplan
Best Interior Jesse Jorgensen
Best Detail – Kevin Gilson

Additional Photographers

Leanne Paez Duncan
Joshua Palmeri
James Rabiolo
Deanna Raso
Linda Rinelli
Lynda Tygart
Mark Upshaw
Scott Wilson

About the Juror

Samantha Johnston has been the Executive Director and Curator at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center since 2015. She holds a certificate in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver, an MFA from Lesley University College of Art & Design, and a BFA from Alfred University. Prior to joining CPAC, she taught photography and visual arts for 12 years at high schools in Boston and Denver.

She has curated exhibitions with contemporary artists such as Jess T. Dugan, Daniel Coburn, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, and Zora Murff. Samantha has served as a reviewer at Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, PhotoPlus New York, Medium, Month of Photography (MoP), and Filter. She has juried several exhibitions including Critical Mass and The Fence.

She is a longtime member of the Society for Photographic Education, and served as Treasurer of the Southwest region from 2013-2016 and Co-Chair of SPE’s 2013 Southwest regional conference in Denver. She was named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Creatives 3.0 by Westword and has been featured in Lenscratch.

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