International photography contest exposes stunning architecture
Each year, the UK's Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) holds a competition named the Art of Building to highlight the best digital photography of the built environment. Photographers from over 100 countries entered this year and these were eventually whittled down to just two winners: one chosen by judges and another by popular vote.
The Art of Building Judges Prize was awarded to Spaniard Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz, who captured Santiago Calatrava's Valencia science museum Hemisfèric beautifully with the above shot. The photo, appropriately titled Fish, makes use of the building's reflection to lend it the appearance of some kind of strange fish.
"Due to the reflection of the water at night, the architecture of the buildings shows us the figure of a fish, perhaps prehistoric with its heart still alive," says the photographer.
The Public Choice Award went to Alexandr Bormotin. The Russian's striking image of a new underground train station in Moscow, shown above, won over 30 percent of the public vote share.
"The new Moscow metro station is made in a futuristic style," says the photographer. Both of the winners picked up £1,500 (around US$1,950 ) in prize money.
There were also 10 runners-up, including the photo above by India's Debdatta Chakraborty named Skywards.
"So many images managed to create a sense of mood and place, it was a delight to judge the competition," adds Caroline Gumble, Chief Executive at the CIOB. "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."
Be sure to head to the gallery to see the rest of the runners up in the 2020 Art of Building competition.