Art of Building photography contest returns with new ‘under 18’ age category

The global search for the world’s best built environment photographer returns with the launch of Art of Building 2016 today.

Attracting thousands of entries annually, the competition is open to professional and amateur photographers from around the world.

Every year, the images that reach the competition’s elite shortlist are published on international broadcast and print media. They are viewed by millions as public voting for the best photograph begins.

The competition, now in its seventh year, is free to enter and the overall winner receives a cash prize of £3,500.

Following strong public demand, a new category for young photographers is being introduced this year. It offers under-18s the chance to win a £500 prize.

Art of Building is judged by a team of professionals from the world of art criticism, photography and publishing. They are looking for striking photographs that provide new insights on the built environment and the way we interact with it.

The competition’s wide-ranging brief welcomes a range of styles including architectural and fine art photography, abstract images, social commentary and reportage.

The type of equipment used to take the picture is less important than the composition, intention and overall effect. Past images that have reached the shortlist have been shot on mobile phones as well as state of the art photographic equipment.

Art of Building champion Saul Townsend said: "Art of Building is renowned for the richness of its subject matter which ranges from heritage and historical structures to new architecture, the construction process, cultural insights and the way buildings interact with nature.

"The competition documents not only how buildings shape our lives, but also how humans shape the environment, from remote rural outposts to sprawling metropolitan skylines."

For more information, tips and rules of entry log on to:

Pictures from last year’s finalists can be viewed on the Art of Building website.

Key dates:

  • 17 October 2016 – competition opens 
  • 27 November 2016 – final deadline for submissions
  • 15 December 2016 – public voting opens for shortlisted entries
  • 23 January 2017 – public vote closes
  • 7 February 2017 – winners announced

Image: "The Daredevil", by Ata Adnan, taken in Chittagong, Bangladesh, was the winner of Art of Building 2015

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