The best of the built environment

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The Art of Building photography competition is an international showcase for the very best digital photography of the built environment. It is open to both professional and amateur photographers.

Why You Should Enter

If you have a good eye for photography and are passionate about the built environment, then why not take part in this year’s Art of Building competition? It is free to enter and your photograph could inspire thousands of people worldwide. Our winners will receive a £1500 cash prize and gain exposure as a photographer. Previous winners have been featured on the BBC website, throughout UK national press and in international titles across the globe.

This is a competition that celebrates buildings and the relationship people have with the built environment. If your photograph is selected as a finalist or is highly commended, it will be featured in public installations as the competition transforms construction hoarding spaces into art galleries.

So, if you want to share your vision and gain recognition as a photographer along the way then take part in this year’s competition. Entry opens in October and the winners will be announced in January.

Competition Categories


Focussing on the design and style of the built environment this category celebrates everything from the small details that make up a structure to entire cityscapes.

Conservation and Heritage

Cultures around the world are often described by their built environment. This category celebrates the poetry of old buildings and showcases their relevance into today's modern world.

Human Interaction

Entries in this category capture the story of how people interact with buildings. From those who build our infrastructure to those who live, work or play alongside the built environment.

What We Want

We accept entries from anywhere in the world. Entrants can submit up to three photographs across any of the categories.

  • Photos that inspire others to look at and appreciate the built world around them
  • Original work by the person entering it
  • The photographs must be entered in a JPEG format
  • They must also be under 5MB (per photo) in size

What We Don't Want

  • Late entries, once the competition is closed we will not accept photographs
  • Photographs which have embedded text, borders or are locked will not be accepted
  • Submissions that have won other photography competitions are also not allowed

About the competition

Since 2010, The Art of Building has been celebrating the creativity of construction and the built world. If you are an amateur or professional photographer with a passion for the built environment, then why not take part in this year’s competition?

The Art of Building is not currently open for entries

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