The 2019 Gallery

Winners, Finalists & Highly Commended Photographs

Winners & Finalists

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

2019Judges' Choice Winner


Photographer: Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz
The photo was taken: Valencia, Spain
Camera used: Sony Alpha 9
Photographer's Comments:
Due to the reflection of the water at night, the architecture of the buildings shows us the figure of a fish, perhaps prehistoric with its heart still alive.

2019Public's Choice Winner


Photographer: Alexandr Bormotin
The photo was taken: Moscow, Russia
Camera used: Canon 6D Mark II
Photographer's Comments:
The new Moscow metro station is made in a futuristic style.

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Photographer: Debdatta Chakraborty
The photo was taken: Prague, Czech Republic
Camera used: Nikon D750
Photographer's Comments:
The House of the Black Madonna is a cubist building in the Old Town area of Prague, Czech Republic. The building was designed and built between 1911 and 1912 . Josef Gocár built the house as the first example of cubist architecture in Prague, and it remains probably the most celebrated.


Photographer: Jonathan Walland
The photo was taken: London, UK
Camera used: Fujifilm X-T2 + 23mm f/2
Photographer's Comments:
I use minimalism as a method of enabling clarity. My process eliminates distraction, keeping the viewer focused on the purest elements of photography; form, light, texture and the way these components amalgamate.


Photographer: Pegova Olya
The photo was taken: Russia
Camera used: Canon 7D
Photographer's Comments:
In the past, faux facades were rare and temporary interventions in urban spaces, but today they have become a part of the city landscape, only being changed from time to time.


Photographer: Grzegorz Tatar
The photo was taken: Poland
Camera used: Phantom 4 Pro
Photographer's Comments:
This is an aerial view of the underground entrance to the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. It is an excellent example of axonometry in architecture.

Colourful Mixture

Photographer: Volker Sander
The photo was taken: Hamburg, Germany
Camera used: Pentax K1 Mark II
Photographer's Comments:
This picture shows the peaceful coexistence of old and new architecture. The buildings don't fit together, but they are not fighting against each other. They show the creative development in the City centre.

Eiffel Bridge

Photographer: Jose Pessoa Neto
The photo was taken: Portugal
Camera used: Canon EOS 550D
Photographer's Comments:
People were waiting for the street festival ‘Senhora da Agonia’, one of the biggest in Portugal. From the street I saw these beautiful silhouettes, the bridge, the green crosses and the building behind in harmony.

Sea and Humans

Photographer: David Martin Huamani Bedoya
The photo was taken: Peru
Camera used: Canon 5D Mark II
Photographer's Comments:
The intervention of man in nature is not always bad. The photo shows the tranquillity of nature and a balcony from where people can better appreciate it.

Muralla Roja

Photographer: Agnese Sanvito
The photo was taken: Spain
Camera used: Canon 5D Mark III
Photographer's Comments:
When I photographed La Muralla Roja, it felt like being in a De Chirico painting for the dreamlike feel of the place. This image encapsulates for me the sense of light and colour in photography that I enjoy most, and which are important to my work. The blue frame offers a cinematic view as entering into a new dimension and the soft tones of the early morning light captures the calmness and quietness of the building in its setting.

Bexhill Promenade Shelter

Photographer: Adam Regan
The photo was taken: Bexhill, UK
Camera used: Nikon D800e
Photographer's Comments:
It is an elegant and appealing solution to a mundane problem.

At work

Photographer: Volker Sander
The photo was taken: Abu Dhabi
Camera used: Pentax K5
Photographer's Comments:
The photo is an example of needful interaction between humans and buildings. Without the busy people cleaning the giant glass frames of the tower the building would look quite ugly.

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