Art of Building: See the best built environment photos for 2021

Mikhail Proskalov was the Judges’ Choice for this photograph of the cloud-enveloped pinnacle of the Lakhta Centre in St Petersburg, the tallest building in Russia and Europe
Two photographers have each won £1,500 after they took the top prizes in the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) The Art of Building competition.

Russian photographer Mikhail Proskalov scooped the Judges’ Choice prize for his aerial photograph of the cloud-enveloped pinnacle of the Lakhta Centre in St Petersburg, captured using drone technology. Standing at 462m tall, the Lakhta Centre is the tallest building in Russia and Europe.

Taking almost 20% of the public vote, ‘Life Through History’ by Rahaman Hossain revealed the magnificent Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, India. Now a Unesco World Heritage Site, the tomb was completed in 1572 to commemorate Mughal Emperor Humayun.

Photographers from more than 100 countries submitted thousands of stunning photos of the built world to the annual Art of Building photography competition, run by the CIOB.

‘Life Through History’ by Rahaman Hossain, of Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, took almost 20% of the public vote

The competition, now in its eleventh year, celebrates the creativity of the construction industry and the passion of the people who work within it. A total of 12 photographers reached the final stage, where they were voted upon by the public.

This year’s competition awarded two cash prizes worth £1,500 each for the Public’s Choice, selected by the public, and the Judges’ Choice, chosen by a judging panel.

Kate Macbeth, director at the CIOB and judge of The Art of Building, said: “The winning photographs highlight just how important the built environment is to us as society and the emotions they can stir within us. From protecting our heritage to meeting the needs of modern life with a building that reaches for the stars. The built world is a wonder of our own creation and these photographers have captured that inspiration beautifully.”

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