The 2013 Gallery

Winners, Finalists & Highly Commended Photographs

Winners & Finalists

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

2013Judges' Choice Winner

Desperate Measures

Photographer: Kirsten Quist
The photo was taken: Darjeeling, India
Camera used: Nikon D3100
Photographer's Comments:
The child labour occurring in this photo demonstrates how the art of building can be distorted and indeed used to exploit others.

2013Public's Choice Winner


Photographer: Bart Brouwer
The photo was taken: Sydney, Australia
Camera used: Panasonic FZ38
Photographer's Comments:
The world famous Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge with a group of tourists climbing the bridge. Without knowing it, they are at the centre of a piece of art which is the combination of both these beautiful buildings.

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Photographer: Zoltán Balogh
The photo was taken: Budapest, Hungary
Camera used: Sony A99
Photographer's Comments:
Women cross the street in front of the one of the most famous pub ruins of Budapest. The VIIth district of Budapest is famous from these pubs which are located in old houses of the downtown of Budapest.

Steel Tree

Photographer: Mukesh Dolia
The photo was taken: Singapore
Camera used: CANON T3
Photographer's Comments:
This building has been made like a tree. It has used steel pipes to make great art.

Inside and out

Photographer: Margarida Cardoso
The photo was taken: London, UK
Camera used: Canon 450D
Photographer's Comments:
This particular photo fits the category Between People & Buildings just right, in terms that human figure is both inside and out a cityscape - confronting it and being a part of it, at the same time.

Neues Museum 2

Photographer: Juergen Schabel
The photo was taken: Nurnberg, Germany
Camera used: Sinar P2
Photographer's Comments:
Contemporary museum architecture itself becomes a work of art.

Room with a View

San Francisco from inside Alcatraz

Photographer: Ros Conti
The photo was taken: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, USA
Camera used: Canon 6D
Photographer's Comments:
Deep within Alcatraz through thick glass, I saw a tranquil view with interesting & natural visitor interaction but how differently this scene of the San Francisco skyline, building & site would have been viewed in the past.

Six Stairs

Photographer: Vera Cymbron
The photo was taken: Monte Palace ruins, Sete Cidades, Azores
Camera used: Nikon D3100
Photographer's Comments:
These are stairs in a modern hotel back in the 80's and it has a beautiful construction capable of inspiring future architecture.

Northern Lights

Photographer: Andy Howe
The photo was taken: South Queensferry, Scotland
Camera used: Nikon D5100
Photographer's Comments:
I think the Forth Bridge is an iconic structure, and takes on a different perspective at night. I wanted to capture the wonderful structure in the context of what it does, in this case carrying the night train due North.


Photographer: Tim Hunt
The photo was taken: West Midlands, UK
Camera used: Canon 1DX with 70-200mm
Photographer's Comments:
The pure simplicity of this wall of the new college immediately attracts the eye. A beautiful blue aperture to the sky beyond enhances the crisp white surface and lines that run flawlessly along the side of the building.


Photographer: Vladimir Tochanenko
The photo was taken: Kiev, Ukraine
Camera used: Canon EOS 500D
Photographer's Comments:
Heavy fog in Kiev, which happens very rarely, has created an amazing light from the Metro Bridge.

Lady in waiting

Photographer: Linda Wride
The photo was taken: Paris, France
Camera used: Nikon D300
Photographer's Comments:
A building which is visited by people from all over the world needs signs which transcend the language barrier (as well as essential facilities and somewhere to wait while others are using those facilities!).

A star over the old coal mine

Photographer: Andrey Shapran
The photo was taken: Russia
Camera used: Nikon D300
Photographer's Comments:
This old red star is the brightest spot in the whole coal mining town of Komsomolskaya of the Kuzbass region and a symbol of the past industrial rush of the Soviet time.

Rattan Roof

Photographer: Chek Poh Wong
The photo was taken: Shanghai, China
Camera used: Nikon D700
Photographer's Comments:
The unusual use of wooden rattan to line the roofing of the building fits the artistic theme of unique building.

Stepped Up

Photographer: Ari Yuliarso
The photo was taken: Jakarta, Indonesia
Camera used: iPhone 4s
Photographer's Comments:
It is just a common stair. What is interesting is the light emitted from each step and the legs of people stepping up it.

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