The 2017 Gallery

Winners, Finalists & Highly Commended Photographs

Winners & Finalists

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


Eye of the Tower

Photographer: Mehmet Yasa
The photo was taken: Verona, Italy
Camera used: Canon EOS 7D
Photographer's Comments:
The staircase and the bell looks like an eye. Architecture can fascinate us in many ways.

Bicycle Rider

Photographer: Hans Wichmann
The photo was taken: Aviles, Spain
Camera used: Fuji X-Pro1
Photographer's Comments:
The photo shows the Cultural Centre of Aviles in Northern Spain. It is a successful integration of modern buildings in an old industrial site by architect Oscar Niemeyer. A place for large and small people.


Photographer: Hanqing Qu
The photo was taken: Kuala Lumpur
Camera used: iPhone 7 Plus
Photographer's Comments:
This picture was taken at Malaysia's National Mosque. When the sun light sprinkles into this building, light and shade meet each other into a dream like scene. It reminds me of the movie Inception.

The Showstopper

Photographer: Linda van Slobbe
The photo was taken: Bar-le-Duc, France
Camera used: Nikon D5200
Photographer's Comments:
This historic theatre is built in a typical oval shape that has the stage on one end and multiple floors and balconies all around the rest. This one has beautiful decorations.


Photographer: Francis Meslet
The photo was taken: France
Camera used: Nikon D750, Nikon 14-24mm, f2,8
Photographer's Comments:
This picture was taken in a well known french memorial for the centenary of the first world war. You can see the other side of this memorial looking up over your head. Another point of view.

Abandoned School Fresno

Photographer: Robert Cassway
The photo was taken: Montana, USA
Camera used: Pentax 6x7 II
Photographer's Comments:
This photo shows the ravages of time and weather on a building that was left to decay by benign neglect, after the families that lived in Fresno moved away. It is part a larger series of photographs titled 'The Vanishing West'

Cemetery of the 21st century

Photographer: Petr Starov
The photo was taken: Ryazan, Russia
Camera used: Canon 500d
Photographer's Comments:
The Image was shot in Russia, in summer 2010. The photo reveals the suspended construction of shopping centre.

The majestic St. Andrew's Cathedral Tower

Photographer: Andrean Hadhianto Kwee
The photo was taken: Singapore
Camera used: Sony A6000
Photographer's Comments:
The Neo-Gothic Style Building that was once subsequently demolished, rebuilt and completed in 1861. This Cathedral now stands majestically in its surroundings in Singapore. Where it has still preserved its originality.

Cross Bridge Waltz

Photographer: Guo ji Hua
The photo was taken: Guangdong, China
Camera used: DJI
Photographer's Comments:
This work uses unmanned aerial vehicles, because the intersection of this work has an abstract line of beauty.

Geometric Concept

From the Carpet to the Throne

Photographer: Hossein Younesi
The photo was taken: Iran
Camera used: Canon 70D - Canon 18-200
Photographer's Comments:
A special look at architecture, by defining the move to God Conceptual. The conception of architecture for man and his purpose From the Carpet to the Throne.

Man-Made Cave

Photographer: Gautam Kamat Bambolkar
The photo was taken: New York, USA
Camera used: Canon EOS 70D
Photographer's Comments:
Rugged textured cable pipes ran over my head at a train station in New York, creating a trance-like, frightful pattern. They ran from the edge of the entrance to an infinite end. It looked nothing less than a scary man-made cave.

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Highly Commended

Some other standout submissions that were amongst the judges’ favourites

Armenian Cathedral

Photographer: Andriy Radyk
The photo was taken: Lviv, Ukraine
Camera used: Canon D1100d
Photographer's Comments:
This is the old beautiful architecture of my city.

House of Colour

Photographer: Jason Freeman
The photo was taken: Svalbard, Norway
Camera used: Nikon D600
Photographer's Comments:
Set into Arctic permafrost, these 'pointed' houses mirror the surrounding peaks and add a splash of colour to the muted landscape; a landscape that sees no sunlight for 5 months each year.

Rooftop Reflection

Photographer: Tom Stahl
The photo was taken: Bangkok, Thailand
Camera used: Nikon D750
Photographer's Comments:
This photograph shows the dramatic light of an early morning sunrise on a rain-soaked rooftop. The simple corrugated rooftop in the right light becomes a window.

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