CIOB launches global search for photographic talent

Inception by Patrick Mouzawak 2014 Art of Building Photographer of the Year
Inception by Patrick Mouzawak 2014 Art of Building Photographer of the Year

The renowned built environment photography prize run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is now open for entries.

Launched in 2010, the visually eclectic Art of Building competition explores not only the beauty and quirks of architecture, but also the way that buildings relate to people and their surroundings.

The contest, which is free to enter and has a cash prize of £3,000, is open to anyone over the age of 18. Amateur and professional photographers compete on a level playing field. Pictures can be taken on any kind of equipment, from camera, to tablet or mobile phone.

Each year, Art of Building attracts thousands of entries from around the world. These are whittled down to shortlist of around 12 pictures by a team of professional judges from the world of art, photography and publishing. The overall winner is decided upon by public vote.

In previous years shortlisted pictures have appeared in major newspapers, magazines and international websites, including The BBCWall Street Journal, GuardianArchitects JournalDezeen and The Huffington Post, reaching millions of people.

This year’s competition is in four categories:

  • Architecture: focusing on the design and style of the built environment, from tiny details to entire cityscapes
  • Human interaction: telling the story of how people interact with buildings, whether living, working or playing alongside the built environment
  • Nature and the built environment: exploring the relationship between man-made structures, people and nature
  • Creative vision: pushing the boundaries of creative photography, entries are invited that give a unique and sometimes abstract perspective.

Saul Townsend from the CIOB said: “Now in its sixth year, Art of Building has become a unique showcase for talent, attracting entries from across the globe. Every year we receive images that bring new perspectives on the buildings and structures that surround us. From the creation to demolition, from minute detail to broad cityscape, the possibilities are infinite. We’re inviting all aspiring and professional photographers to unleash their creativity and astonish us once more.”

Art of Building is open for entries until 29 November. For more information, tips and rules of entry log on to Pictures from last year’s finalists can be viewed at

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