International Art of Building Photography Contest To Support Haiti School Project

The Chartered Institute of Building has today announced that its annual Art of Building international digital photography competition is now open for entry.

The contest, which celebrates creativity in the construction industry, will also raise much-needed funds for a major project to build hurricane and earthquake resilient schools in Haiti, organised by development and disaster relief organisation, Article 25.

Each year, thousands of entrants from around the world are inspired to explore and capture the art of building in an imaginative and thought-provoking way and submit the resulting photograph to the Art of Building competition website. This year, the overall winner will scoop a cash prize of £2,000. The winning entry will be chosen by public vote from amongst 12 finalists, whose photographs will be auctioned to raise funds for the Haiti initiative.

In January 2010, Haiti was hit with a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, killing over 220,000 people, injuring a further 300,000 and destroying 1.5 million homes. Later that same year, New Zealand was rocked by a much larger earthquake and suffered just two fatalities. What was the difference? The answer lies in the standard of construction. As Robin Cross, chief executive at Article 25 explains: “Earthquakes don’t kill people… buildings do.”

CIOB Art of Building manager, Saul Townsend, added: “The Article 25 initiative aims to return Haitian children to safe schools and set a blueprint for future school buildings throughout the country. By taking part in the competition, this year’s entrants could find their photography and vision being used to touch someone else’s life.”

In 2011, ‘The Last Tower’ by Hungarian photographer and blogger Zoltan Balogh was voted by the public as the competition’s overall winner. Balogh captured the eerie image of a lonely boat loader on a cold and silent morning at the bend of the River Danube, in Esztergom, Hungary. “The contest has helped to showcase my work, especially in Hungary where people really got behind the entry,” he says.

“The prize money partly funded a celebratory party in my favourite Budapest pub –
everyone that supported me on Facebook was invited. The rest of the money has
contributed to helping me continue with other photography projects in the current tough economy.”

The 2012 Art of Building competition is open to anyone over the age of 18, whether professional or amateur. Entrants are encouraged to capture the built environment in a way not seen before, to inspire others and to challenge people’s perceptions. “Most importantly,” adds Townsend, “the CIOB wants people to have fun and gain a new perspective on the world and infrastructure around them.”

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