£3,000 prize offered for best built-environment photograph

"Art of Building", the renowned built-environment photography prize open to all and run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), began receiving entries this week.

Launched in 2010, the visually eclectic competition explores the beauty and quirks of architecture and the way buildings relate to people and their surroundings.

The contest, which is free to enter and which has a cash prize of £3,000, is open to anyone over the age of 18. Entries close on 29 November.

Pictures can be taken on any kind of equipment, from camera, to tablet or mobile phone, the CIOB says.

Each year, Art of Building attracts thousands of entries from around the world. These are whittled down to shortlist of around 12 pictures by a team of professional judges from the world of art, photography and publishing. The overall winner is then decided upon by public vote.

In previous years shortlisted pictures have appeared in major newspapers, magazines and international websites, reaching millions of people.

This year’s competition has four categories:

  • Architecture: focusing on the design and style of the built environment, from tiny details to entire cityscapes;
  • Human interaction: telling the story of how people interact with buildings, whether living, working or playing alongside the built environment;
  • Nature and the built environment: exploring the relationship between man-made structures, people and nature;
  • Creative vision: pushing the boundaries of creative photography, entries are invited that give a unique and sometimes abstract perspective.

Saul Townsend from the CIOB said: "Every year we receive images that bring new perspectives on the buildings and structures that surround us. From the creation to demolition, from minute detail to broad cityscape, the possibilities are infinite. We’re inviting all aspiring and professional photographers to unleash their creativity and astonish us once more."

Key dates:

  • Entries for Art of Building 2015 will be accepted between now and 29 November.
  • Public voting for the shortlist opens from December 18 and closes 23 January, 2016.
  • The new Art of Building winner will be announced 8 February 2016.

For more information, tips and rules of entry log on to: Pictures from last year’s finalists can be viewed at

Photograph: "Inception" by Patrick Mouzawak, 2014 Art of Building Photographer of the Year

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  1. I travelled from Ireland to NYC in september 2014 to photograph Manhattan from a street perspective. Before getting used to the immensity of the place, it feels disorienting to emerge from the subway, not sure which direction you’re facing. I found myself using the empire state building as a landmark. Like a grandfather clock it somehow comforts you.

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