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Architecture photography competition shows how incredible the built world is

Architecture photography competition shows how incredible the built world is
(Image credit: Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz)

The annual architecture photography competition 'Art of Building', run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), has announced the winners of its prestigious contest, which is currently celebrating its tenth year. Created to celebrate the creativity of the construction industry and the passion of the people who work within it, this year's competition awarded two cash prizes worth £1,500 each for the Public Choice Award and the Judge's Prize. 

Photographers from over 100 countries submitted thousands of stunning photos of the built world to the Art of Building competition, which selected 12 finalists. These photographers were then voted upon by the public to decide the Public Choice Award.

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Alexandr Bormotin from Ivanovo in Russia ultimately took home this prize with more than 30% of the public vote. His futuristic image of a new underground train station in Moscow captured the incredible contrasting nature of the construction. 

Meanwhile, Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz, a professional photographer from northern Spain, was awarded the Judge's Prize for his photo of the science museum Hemisferic in Valencia, designed by Santiago Calatrava. His image, entitled Fish, captured both the building and its reflection to reimagine it as a living creature.

Chief Executive at the CIOB Caroline Gumble said: "So many images managed to create a sense of mood and place, it was a delight to judge the competition. The winning photographs both show the beauty and harmony in great architecture and is a reminder of the impact on our emotions and well-being that well-designed buildings can achieve."

You can visit the Art of Building website here (opens in new tab) for more information and check out the finalists' photos below.

(Image credit: Alexandr Bormotin)
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(Image credit: Pegova Olya)
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(Image credit: Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz)
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(Image credit: Volker Sander)
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(Image credit: Agnese Sanvito)
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(Image credit: Jonathan Walland)
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(Image credit: David Martin Huamani Bedoya)
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(Image credit: Grzegorz Tatar)
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(Image credit: Debdatta Chakraborty)
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(Image credit: Adam Regan)
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