There are two levels of judging before the public vote takes place. The first sifts all the photography into the correct categories and removes photos that do not fit the competitions criteria.

The second involves a panel of judges who select finalist photography for the online vote and highly commended shots. The overall winner is chosen by the public. To choose the best photographs the judges look for the below:-


Is the photo an obvious illustration of the entered category theme?


Are the objects in the photo arranged in a meaningful, pleasing manner or are they haphazard? Did the photographer use the best angle or otherwise interesting perspective?


Is the object of the photo in focus? If not in sharp focus, does it appear to be an intentional effect to enhance the image in some artistic way?


Did the photographer use proper lighting of the subject matter? Do any extremes of darkness or brightness lend to or detract from the image content?


Does the photographer display some creative thought or original idea in the making of this image?


Would the imagery be suitable for use in Chartered Institute of Building printed and online publications?


Does the photographer's summary adequately describe why the submission delivers the category criteria?