The 2016 Gallery

Winners, Finalists & Highly Commended Photographs

Winners & Finalists

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



Photographer: Roman Robroek
The photo was taken: Hungary
Camera used: Canon EOS650D
Photographer's Comments:
This beautiful control room is one of a kind and built in a beautiful art-deco style.

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Photographer: Jonathan Walland
The photo was taken: London, UK
Camera used: Nikon D7100
Photographer's Comments:
This is part of a series of photographs demonstrating how the absence of light can be used to divert the attention of the observer towards what the photographer intended to highlight.

Flatiron Building in the Snowstorm

Photographer: Michele Palazzo
The photo was taken: New York, USA
Camera used: Ricoh GR
Photographer's Comments:
New York City’s iconic Flatiron building emerges from the blizzard like the bow of a giant ship plowing through the wind and the snow. Taken during the historic coastal storm “Jonas” on January 23rd, 2016 the photograph went viral during the aftermath of the storm.


Photographer: Shibasish Saha
The photo was taken: West Bengal, India
Camera used: Nikon D3300
Photographer's Comments:
In this frame men as well as women are working very hard to feed their individual families. Women forget their pain and work alongside the men in a brick field.

Sancaklar Mosque 2

Photographer: Bulent Suberk
The photo was taken: Istanbul, Turkey
Camera used: Nikon D700
Photographer's Comments:
Modern architecture as a non-traditional mosque.

People's Friendship Arch

Photographer: Oleksandr Nesterovskyi
The photo was taken: Kiev, Ukraine
Camera used: Canon 450D
Photographer's Comments:
The photo shows the combination of nature and architecture, the harmony in combination of titanium arch height of 30 meters and a tree.


Photographer: Gina Soden
The photo was taken: Italy
Camera used: Nikon D800
Photographer's Comments:
A fine example of Moorish architecture - but in a castle in Italy. These rooms were all hand designed and painted by one man who had a vision to build this beautiful castle and open it as a hotel.

He and the Bridge

Photographer: Oleg Dashkov
The photo was taken: Riga, Latvia
Camera used: Canon EOS 60D
Photographer's Comments:
‘Riga’s Tower Counter’ keeps his records during any season rain or shine, wet or fine. Is he distracted by the beauty of the cable bridge I wonder?

The Gherkin

Photographer: James Tarry
The photo was taken: London, UK
Camera used: Sinar 4X5
Photographer's Comments:
This series is about looking past imperfections and ‘incorrect’ architectural photography techniques. They are created using a 4x5 technical film camera by forcing the perspective and focus. The expired Kodak Ektachrome is then developed in the ‘wrong' chemicals to produce these big slabs of often other worldly colour. These are flawed and hopefully challenging, just like some of the buildings themselves.

The Hive

Photographer: Marco Grassi
The photo was taken: Larung Gar, Tibet
Camera used: Canon 5D mark III
Photographer's Comments:
Since June 2016, everything has changed in Larung Gar, but almost nobody knows about that. What before was the largest Buddhist settlement in the world and a remote place out of the modern society where nuns and monks led a passive life, is now being demolished by Chinese authorities.

The Turbo Dandelion Wind Farm

Photographer: Derek Snee
The photo was taken: Northumberland, UK
Camera used: Fuji X-T1
Photographer's Comments:
Imagine if we could use plants to harvest wind! Well now we can. Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, I give you ‘The Turbo Dandelion Wind Farm’!

Coast minimalism

Photographer: Senad Tahmaz
The photo was taken: Supetar, Croatia
Camera used: Nikon D90
Photographer's Comments:
Unusual, minimalistic view of the architecture detail.


Photographer: Naf Selmani
The photo was taken: London, UK
Camera used: Fujifilm X-T10
Photographer's Comments:
The Hive - Kew Gardens' spectacular new bee-inspired sculpture seen from below as one of the visitor lays on the top glass floor to pose for pictures. This multi-sensory experience integrates art, science and landscape architecture.


Photographer: Enrique Gimenez-Velilla
The photo was taken: Asunción, Paraguay
Camera used: Nikon D5100
Photographer's Comments:
This photo seeks to pay homage to all the clever unknown workers that still build and maintain built infrastructure in the developing world. Jeporeka is a Paraguayan Guarani word that roughly translates into make do.

Changing Landscape 1

Photographer: Barbara Rossi
The photo was taken: Sokhna, Egypt
Camera used: Nikon d810
Photographer's Comments:
I took this photo in deconstruction, it shows transformation, action and beauty.

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