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Zooming in on the world's best architectural photography

Zooming in on the world's best...
Italy's Fabio Mantovani took this colorful shot of the Choi Hung Estate in Hong Kong. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
Italy's Fabio Mantovani took this colorful shot of the Choi Hung Estate in Hong Kong. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
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China's Terrence Zhang took this moody photograph of the Gymnasium of the New Campus of Tianjin University, China, by Atelier Li Xinggang. The image was entered into the Buildings In Use category
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China's Terrence Zhang took this moody photograph of the Gymnasium of the New Campus of Tianjin University, China, by Atelier Li Xinggang. The image was entered into the Buildings In Use category
Terrence Zhang also took this brilliantly lit photograph of the Gymnasium of New Campus of Tianjin University, China, by Atelier Li Xinggang. This image was entered into the Interior category
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Terrence Zhang also took this brilliantly lit photograph of the Gymnasium of New Campus of Tianjin University, China, by Atelier Li Xinggang. This image was entered into the Interior category
Terrence Zhang's other entry concerns the Folk Art Museum, China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China, by Kengo Kuma. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
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Terrence Zhang's other entry concerns the Folk Art Museum, China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China, by Kengo Kuma. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
America's David Crawford's entry contrasts the blue of the sky with the Samsung Electronics HQ building in San Jose, California, by NBBJ. The image was entered into the Exterior category
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America's David Crawford's entry contrasts the blue of the sky with the Samsung Electronics HQ building in San Jose, California, by NBBJ. The image was entered into the Exterior category
Singapore's Siyuan Ma documented the patterned balconied facade of the Selegie House in Singapore, by the Housing and Development Board.  The image was entered into the Buildings In Use category
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Singapore's Siyuan Ma documented the patterned balconied facade of the Selegie House in Singapore, by the Housing and Development Board.  The image was entered into the Buildings In Use category
China's Yao Li contrasts the sky with the ceiling of the Dongzhuang-Building Museum of the Western Regions, China, by Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute. The image was entered into the Interior category
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China's Yao Li contrasts the sky with the ceiling of the Dongzhuang-Building Museum of the Western Regions, China, by Xinjiang Wind Architectural Design & Research Institute. The image was entered into the Interior category
Italy's Fabio Mantovani took this colorful shot of the Choi Hung Estate in Hong Kong. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
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Italy's Fabio Mantovani took this colorful shot of the Choi Hung Estate in Hong Kong. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
Australian Tom Roe shows Zaha Hadid's Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Bolzano, amidst the mountainous landscape of South Tyrol in Italy. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
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Australian Tom Roe shows Zaha Hadid's Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Bolzano, amidst the mountainous landscape of South Tyrol in Italy. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
The UK's Martine Hamilton Knight found beauty in the different colored seats and track of the Derby Arena Velodrome, UK, by Faulkner Browns Architects. The image was entered into the Buildings In Use category
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The UK's Martine Hamilton Knight found beauty in the different colored seats and track of the Derby Arena Velodrome, UK, by Faulkner Browns Architects. The image was entered into the Buildings In Use category
Bosjes Chapel in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio, is so beautiful that it seems anyone could snap a shot and get something worthwhile – still, local Adam Letch  did a fine job highlighting its undulating form. The image was entered into the Exterior category
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Bosjes Chapel in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio, is so beautiful that it seems anyone could snap a shot and get something worthwhile – still, local Adam Letch  did a fine job highlighting its undulating form. The image was entered into the Exterior category
Brooklyn's Brian Rose took this forlorn photograph of houses on the north wall of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The image was entered into the Exterior category
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Brooklyn's Brian Rose took this forlorn photograph of houses on the north wall of the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The image was entered into the Exterior category
London's David Borland focused on the colorful facade of the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Museum, Aarhus, Denmark by schmidt hammer lassen / Olafur Eliasson. The image was entered into the Buildings In Use category
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London's David Borland focused on the colorful facade of the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Museum, Aarhus, Denmark by schmidt hammer lassen / Olafur Eliasson. The image was entered into the Buildings In Use category
Thailand's Wison Tungthunya took this contrasting shot of SALA Ayutthaya, a hotel in Ayutthaya, Thailand by Onion Co. Ltd. The image was entered into the Exterior category
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Thailand's Wison Tungthunya took this contrasting shot of SALA Ayutthaya, a hotel in Ayutthaya, Thailand by Onion Co. Ltd. The image was entered into the Exterior category
Wison Tungthuny took this photograph of Baan Moom, an enviable private residence in Bangkok, Thailand by Integrated Field. The image was entered into the Interior category
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Wison Tungthuny took this photograph of Baan Moom, an enviable private residence in Bangkok, Thailand by Integrated Field. The image was entered into the Interior category
Spain's Conchi Martínez took this suitably abstract shot of the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly known as the EPM Museum) by architect Frank Gehry, together with the monorail constructed by Alweg, in Seattle, USA. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
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Spain's Conchi Martínez took this suitably abstract shot of the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly known as the EPM Museum) by architect Frank Gehry, together with the monorail constructed by Alweg, in Seattle, USA. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
Zhenfei Wang from Beijing, China, saw white at the Tianrenhe Museum, Hangzhou, China by HHDFUN. The image was enterd into the Interior category
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Zhenfei Wang from Beijing, China, saw white at the Tianrenhe Museum, Hangzhou, China by HHDFUN. The image was enterd into the Interior category
This slightly ominous photo was taken by Ryan Koopmans from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It concerns the Ponte City Apartments in Johannesburg, South Africa, by architect Manfred Hermer. The image was entered into the Interior category
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This slightly ominous photo was taken by Ryan Koopmans from Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It concerns the Ponte City Apartments in Johannesburg, South Africa, by architect Manfred Hermer. The image was entered into the Interior category
American Tom Stahl took this strange photograph of an office building in Beijing, China. The image was entered into the Buildings In Use category
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American Tom Stahl took this strange photograph of an office building in Beijing, China. The image was entered into the Buildings In Use category
Tom Stahl also captured this stunning photo of the Black Rock Lighthouse Service at Burning Man in the Nevada desert. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
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Tom Stahl also captured this stunning photo of the Black Rock Lighthouse Service at Burning Man in the Nevada desert. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
Laurian Ghinitoiu took this photograph of children at play outside the Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo, Japan by Kazuyo Sejima. The image was entered into the Exterior category
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Laurian Ghinitoiu took this photograph of children at play outside the Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo, Japan by Kazuyo Sejima. The image was entered into the Exterior category

A Zaha Hadid-designed museum, a Burning Man installation, and an undulating chapel all feature amongst the 20 photos shortlisted for the 2017 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards. As was the case last year, the competition provides exposure to the best new architectural photography from around the globe.

The 2017 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards is intended to celebrate the art of architectural photography in an age of snap-happy smartphone users. This selection of 20 photos was chosen from hundreds of submissions.

The overall winner will be declared on November 17 and receive a cash prize of US$3,000, as well as being exhibited in both Beijing, China, and London, England.

We've chosen a few highlights from the shortlist below, but head to the gallery to see each of the 20 images in full.

Black Rock Lighthouse Service – Tom Stahl

Tom Stahl also captured this stunning photo of the Black Rock Lighthouse Service at Burning Man in the Nevada desert. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
Tom Stahl also captured this stunning photo of the Black Rock Lighthouse Service at Burning Man in the Nevada desert. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category

San Francisco, California-based Tom Stahl captured this stunning photo of the Black Rock Lighthouse Service at Burning Man in the Nevada desert. The festival is well known for its eye-catching architecture and these lighthouses are no exception, tilting so far that they appear in danger of falling down.

Bosjes Chapel – Adam Letch

Bosjes Chapel in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio, is so beautiful that it seems anyone could snap a shot and get something worthwhile – still, local Adam Letch  did a fine job highlighting its undulating form. The image was entered into the Exterior category
Bosjes Chapel in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio, is so beautiful that it seems anyone could snap a shot and get something worthwhile – still, local Adam Letch  did a fine job highlighting its undulating form. The image was entered into the Exterior category

This beautifully undulating Chapel was recently completed on a vineyard called Bosjes farm in Ceres, Cape Town, South Africa. Designed by Steyn Studio, its picture was taken by local photographer Adam Letch. According to its website, the chapel was inspired by Psalm 36:7 "How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings."

Messner Mountain Museum – Tom Roe

Australian Tom Roe shows Zaha Hadid's Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Bolzano, amidst the mountainous landscape of South Tyrol in Italy. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category
Australian Tom Roe shows Zaha Hadid's Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Bolzano, amidst the mountainous landscape of South Tyrol in Italy. The image was entered into the Sense of Place category

Zaha Hadid Architects' Messner Mountain Museum is captured here by Melbourne, Australia's Tom Roe. The image focuses on the ambitious building, which juts out of the peak of Kronplatz mountain, with the rugged landscape of South Tyrol, Italy in the background.

Source: Arcaid Awards

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