Best photos in the world: Art of Building winners announced

A Spanish photographer has won the Judges Prize in this year’s Art of Building international photography contest, run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz, a professional photographer from northern Spain, depicted Hemisferic, the science museum in Valencia designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Entitled "Fish", his photograph (above) captured the building and its reflections to reimagine it as a living  creature.

The other winner of the contest was Alexandr Bormotin, from Ivanovo in Russia, whose arresting depiction of a new underground train station in Moscow – called "Metrostation" – took home the Public Choice Award.

This category is decided by online voting by the global public, and Metrostation got more than 30% of all votes.

Public Choice Award winner, "Metrostation", by Alexandr Bormotin

Each winner gets a £1,500 prize.

In its 10th year, the contest saw photographers from more than 100 countries submitting thousands of pictures of the built world. The contest celebrates the creativity of the construction industry and the passion of the people who work in it.

Twelve photographers reached the final, where their work was voted upon by the public.

Caroline Gumble, Chief Executive at the CIOB, 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."

Top image: Judges Prize winner, "Fish", by Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz.

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