Your vote needed on world’s best building photograph

The built environment’s biggest international photography competition opens for voting tomorrow with 12 finalists in the running for the £3,000 ($4,480) cash prize.

Photography fans around the world are being asked to vote for their favourite picture out of 12 dramatically contrasting images.

The shortlist includes skyscrapers, a London underground station, a tiny Spanish chapel and the interior of 17th century Danish observatory.

There are also examples of human interaction with the built environment, from the man climbing a bridge in Bangladesh to a hand tying steel rods together in India.

All 12 finalists’ pictures can now be viewed on CIOB’s Art of Building website and will be featured across a range of international media channels, reaching an estimated global audience of 60 million.

Launched in 2010 by CIOB, Art of Building allows amateur and professional photographers to compete against each other on a level playing field, using equipment ranging from high specification cameras to smart phones.

This year’s competition attracted thousands of entries. The pictures underwent several rounds of evaluation by the independent judging panel which included Sue Steward, broadcaster, writer and art critic for the London Evening Standard, professional photographer Matt Wain and Tom Ravenscroft, deputy editor of Construction Manager magazine.

CIOB competition organiser Saul Townsend said: "Art of Building has produced another amazing crop of pictures that invite us to look at our world in new ways.

"It’s fantastic to see people from so many countries engaging enthusiastically with the built environment. This year we’ve also demonstrated that a lack of specialist photographic equipment is no barrier to entry – one our finalists’ pictures was taken on a smart phone."

My Pod, by Peter Murrell

Watchful, by Derek Snee

Under Pressure, by Bernabe Della Mattia

  • Voting starts 18 December 2015 and closes on 23 January 2016
  • The Art of Building 2015 winner will be announced on 8th February 2016
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