Entry Form

Welcome to this year's competition. The following entry form should take less than ten minutes to complete.

The Art of Building Photographer of the Year is free to enter, and you can submit a total of 3 photographs across any of the categories.

Images entered into the competition must be between 2MB and 8MB JPEG files. Photography that has been digitally enhanced or altered is allowed. However entries embedded with borders or locks will not be accepted.

Before you take part in the competition it is worthwhile to familiarise yourself with what the judges are looking for and the sorts of photography that reached the final stages last year.

You could walk away with the ‘Art of Building Photographer of the Year’ title and either the £1500 cash prize as the Judges Winner or the £1500 cash prize as the Public's Choice Winner.

Thank you for taking part.

Terms & Conditions

It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the entrant agrees to abide by these rules. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions.


  • Entries will not be accepted outside of the advertised closing date or if they are embedded with borders or locks. Only digital photography is accepted.
  • Entry is limited to no more than three photographs per person. Late, illegible, incomplete, defaced or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt.
  • Uses of personal data received by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) are subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • Entrants names and location will be published on the relevant CIOB online and printed media alongside their photograph.
  • Any personal information you supply us will not be shared with any third parties, and will only be used in direct relation to this competition.
  • The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) reserves the right to cancel this competition at any stage.
  • The minimum age for entry is 18 years old.
  • These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales.

Image Requirements

  • All submissions must be made in JPEG file format and should be a minimum of 2mb and a maximum of 8mb. Submissions that do not comply will be rejected.
  • You may digitally enhance or alter your photo in anyway you like.

Judging and Prizes

  • There is no alternative to the prize stated and the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be substituted for other benefits, items or additions. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) reserves the right to change the prize at any time.
  • The judges reserve the right to remove any entries from the competition that they feel may breach or contravene the laws of public decency or may bring the photographer or the competition into disrepute. Such entries will be deemed as void. This includes images that maybe offensive, previously published, copyrighted (by someone other than the entrant) or otherwise contrary to the spirit of the competition.
  • The judges will be looking for originality, creativity and a clear link to the ‘The Art of Building’ theme. All submissions must include a 50 word summary as to why the entrant feels the image fits the ‘The Art of Building’ theme. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


  • Entrants will retain copyright of their imagery at all times and will always be credited alongside their picture.
  • All images must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have a won a prize in any other photographic competition.
  • It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure the images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party. Entrants must warrant that they own the copyright for the photograph and that their entry does not infringe the privacy rights, copyright or any other rights of any person.
  • The entrant warrants that they have obtained permission of those pictured in the image (or, where the image shows any persons under 18, the consent of their parent/guardian) for the usage rights required by the competition and will indemnify the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) against any claims made by any third parties in respect of such infringement.
  • By entering the competition you grant the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) the right to use your photograph to promote your entry into the competition and the competition itself.  At all times the CIOB will ensure that photographers receive full credit alongside their photograph.
  • By entering the competition you grant the Chartered Institute of Building the right to use your photograph in a book of the competition. You can opt out of this should you wish by notifying the competition organisers (pressoffice@ciob.org.uk). Entrants selected to feature in a book will receive full credit alongside their photograph. 
  • By entering this competition, you accept that your photograph(s) may be exhibited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) or other exhibitions organised or attended by the CIOB in direct relation to The Art of Building competition. The CIOB reserves the right to mount and frame entries for exhibition purposes.
  • By entering the competition your imagery will be used in a range of public and media relations work to raise the profile of the competition and those who enter. Where possible the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) strives to ensure the photographer is credited within external media.

Privacy Notice

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If data has been collected as a result of booking attendance at a CIOB event,  your information will be stored for the purposes of that event only including feedback and evaluation only. It is for you to consent should you wish to receive further information. 
If data has been collected as a result of an enquiry through our database, it is collected for the purpose of the enquiry only and all data, unless this has progressed to a membership application, will be erased within 3 months of the completion of that enquiry. 
Should you have any issues, concerns or problems in relation to your data, or wish to notify us of data which is inaccurate, please let us know by contacting us using the contact details above. In the event that you are not satisfied with our processing of your personal data, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority, which is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK, at any time.  The ICO’s contact details are available here: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/.
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Art of Building
Your data has been collected as a result of your entry to the competition and will be stored for the purpose of the competition only. 
For judging and the public vote, the photographer’s name and description only will be attached to the image. All data is stored for the period of the competition and then deleted prior to the start of the next year’s competition. The only historical information retained is a record of entry to the competition being the name of the image and photographer and email address. 
No information shall be used outside of the competition unless individual permission is requested. For further information on the use of data in connection with the competition, please contact Saul Townsend at stownsend@ciob.org.uk.


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