Vote now for the year’s best built-environment photograph

Public voting opens today on the renowned Art of Building global photography contest, as the 15 finalists are revealed from among thousands of entries. (See below.)

Overlook by Jonathan Walland

Coast minimalism by Senad Tahmaz

Control by Roman Robroek

Flatiron Building in the Snowstorm by Michele Palazzo

People’s Friendship Arch by Oleksandr Nesterovskyi

He and the Bridge by Oleg Dashkov

Changing Landscape 1 by Barbara Rossi

Sancaklar Mosque 2 by Bulent Suberk

Purelife by Shibasish Saha

The Hive by Marco Grassi

The Gherkin by James Tarry

Peacock by Gina Soden

Elevation by Naf Selmani

Jeporeka by Enrique Gimenez-Velilla

On display are some of the built environment’s "most amazing and poignant stories", says the Chartered Institute of Building, organiser of the popular contest for the past seven years.

Amongst the shortlist appears a windfarm turned into a dandelion (top) through multiple exposures and a photo that describes how modern architecture can be a conduit for people to express their faith.

Having been selected by an expert judging panel which included professional photographers, editors and communicators, the 15 finalists now go to the world to compete for votes, with the winner getting the title,"Art of Building Photographer of the Year", and a cash prize of £3,500.

"There is a cornucopia of styles and stories in this year’s final," said Saul Townsend, CIOB spokesman.

"In a world full of high definition colour technology black and white photography still inspires a host of photographers. Voters are in for a visual treat and we hope will be inspired to look at the built environment in a new way and to take part themselves next year. Congratulations to all the finalists."

The voting opens on 15 December 2016 and closes on 23 January 2017. The winner is announced on 7 February 2015.

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Top image: The Turbo Dandelion Wind Farm by Derek Snee

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  1. Purelife and changing by strom

  2. In my opinion, all these photos lack artistic uniqueness. Of the lot, The Hive is probably the most representative of urban life. In the vast expanse of planet Earth, everyone is encouraged to head from the land into the hive.

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