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The Art of Building photography contest celebrates construction from all angles

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The intricate ceiling of a carpet market in Iran
The intricate ceiling of a carpet market in Iran
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Sun rises over a skyscraper under construction in Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Sun rises over a skyscraper under construction in Saint Petersburg, Russia
A home built with old televisions in Bijan, Iran
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A home built with old televisions in Bijan, Iran
The intricate ceiling of a carpet market in Iran
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The intricate ceiling of a carpet market in Iran
Inside Westfield World Trade Center in New York, shot on an iPhone 7
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Inside Westfield World Trade Center in New York, shot on an iPhone 7
A colorful home in Utrecht, Netherlands 
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A colorful home in Utrecht, Netherlands 
The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, by Zaha Hadid
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The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, by Zaha Hadid
An observation tower in Avala, Serbia
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An observation tower in Avala, Serbia
A spiralling staircase in Edinburgh, Scotland
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A spiralling staircase in Edinburgh, Scotland
Construction workers toil away as the sun sets over Manitoba, Canada 
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Construction workers toil away as the sun sets over Manitoba, Canada 
Women in white take part in an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia
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Women in white take part in an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Eyes in a roof in Nuremberg, Germany
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Eyes in a roof in Nuremberg, Germany
Elegant staircase in an 18th century palace in Naples, Italy
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Elegant staircase in an 18th century palace in Naples, Italy
Inside Westfield World Trade Center in New York, shot on an iPhone 7
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Inside Westfield World Trade Center in New York, shot on an iPhone 7
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Each year, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) calls on photographers, professional and amateur alike, to submit images of the built environment for its annual Art of Building photography competition. The winner of the 2018 event has been announced, selected from finalists showcasing a stunning array of architecture captured from all kinds of interesting angles.

Thousands of photos were submitted, which were then looked over by a jury with an eye out for images that inspire appreciation for the built environment. The panel whittled these down to 12 finalists, which were revealed in December and then put to the public to vote for a winner.

Among those to make the cut is a magnificent spiraling staircase shot from the bottom looking up, a confetti-colored house in the Netherlands and a black and white capture of the curvaceous Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, (pictured below) by starchitect Zaha Hadid.

The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, by Zaha Hadid
The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, by Zaha Hadid

But not all the images are of completed buildings. Take, for example, the below drone shot in St Petersburg, Russia of the sun setting over what is set to become the tallest skyscraper in Europe.

Sun rises over a skyscraper under construction in Saint Petersburg, Russia
Sun rises over a skyscraper under construction in Saint Petersburg, Russia

But claiming the most public votes and top honors for the 2018 competition was the incredible shot below taken inside Westfield World Trade Center in New York on an iPhone 7. "This spectacular architectural design fascinated me," said Yi Cherne Juang, the photographer behind the lens, who earned a cash prize of £3,500 (US$4,500) for her trouble.

To see all of the finalists from the 2018 Art of Building competition, have a flick through our gallery.

Source: Chartered Institute of Building

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