The 2012 Gallery

Winners, Finalists & Highly Commended Photographs

Winners & Finalists

Of the hundreds of photographs submitted to the competition, just 12 are shortlisted.

2012Judges' Choice Winner

Roof in Colours

Photographer: Inês Costa
The photo was taken: Bangkok, Thailand
Camera used: Canon EOS 7D
Photographer's Comments:
That man was building art! It was a temple roof and he was working under a very strong sun. It was very inspiring to see how he was choosing the colours of the tiles and put each other in the right place.

2012Public's Choice Winner

Sea of Stairs

Photographer: Clarissa Debenham
The photo was taken: Olympic Stadium, London
Camera used: Canon 60D
Photographer's Comments:
The structure of the stadium is completely on display around the staircases leading to the upper levels. The glass work subtly changes colour as you walk around the stadium, running through every colour of the rainbow.

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Photographer: Kamal Kishore
The photo was taken: Greater Noida, India
Camera used: Canon Mark 2 N
Photographer's Comments:
In the picture labourers line up from bottom to top to pass on building material. The picture looks like artwork and shows building as artwork.

In the brick kiln

Photographer: Phuc Ngo
The photo was taken: Vietnam
Camera used: PENTAX K20D+LENS PENTAX 10-20mm
Photographer's Comments:
The brick is used in building. Brick architecture is unique.

100 Floors

Photographer: Tim Martin
The photo was taken: Hong Kong
Camera used: Canon 7D
Photographer's Comments:
This image shows the entire scene around it, from the reflections of hundreds of smaller high-rise structures in the city to the boats in the water in the distance and the people inside of it watching the world below.


Photographer: Ahana Gangopadhyay
The photo was taken: Chitkul, India
Camera used: Canon 550D
Photographer's Comments:
This photograph explores the relationship of the old lady and her old wooden house. The wooden door leading into the balcony, and the array of pots and pans, together with the owner in front, add to a fairy tale image.

Shacks, built out of necessity

Photographer: Frank Trimbos
The photo was taken: South Africa
Camera used: Sony Alpha 700
Photographer's Comments:
Shacks are small improvised huts which are usually built on the outskirts of rural areas (townships) in South Africa. The residents are mostly immigrants who moved to the cities looking for work. They settle in squatter settlements, sometimes illegal or unauthorized. Squatter settlements are mostly found in developing nations like here in South Africa. The improvised shacks are built using scrap materials: Often plywood, and corrugated metal sheets or plastic.

A place for Aitor Ortiz

Photographer: Alfonso Batalla
The photo was taken: Spain
Camera used: Canon Eos 1 Ds Mark III
Photographer's Comments:
What was a warehouse in a sugar factory now looks like an Arabic temple.


Photographer: Gonzalo Acuña
The photo was taken: Berlin, Germany
Camera used: Nikon D5100
Photographer's Comments:
It is surprising as the prism rests gently on the brick building.

Faith keeper

Photographer: Maksym Khytra
The photo was taken: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Camera used: Canon EOS 40D
Photographer's Comments:
This synagogue survived after fascist occupation and soviet dictatorship. It's old, neglected and ravaged but it still keeps faith and history.

Eagle Eye

Photographer: Zheng Hui Ng
The photo was taken: Singapore
Camera used: Nikon D7000
Photographer's Comments:
Looks down at a pagoda located at the centre of the Chinese Garden, Singapore. The patent form of the stair looks like an eagle's eye.

Bird's Towers

Photographer: Mario Cardenas
The photo was taken: Doha, Qatar
Camera used: EOS Canon 50D
Photographer's Comments:
A local man standing in front of the bird’s towers in Katara Cultural Village at Doha Qatar, this place is an exceptional project of hope and human interaction.

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