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Inspired built environment photography award winners announced


27th January 2020

Photographers from more than 100 countries submitted thousands of stunning photos of the built world to the annual Art of Building photography competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). 

The competition, now in its tenth year, celebrates the creativity of the construction industry and the passion of the people who work within it.  12 photographs reached the final, where they were put to a public vote. 

This year’s competition awarded two cash prizes, worth £1500 each, for the Public Choice Award, and the Judges Prize, chosen by a judging panel.

Taking home the Public Choice Award with more than 30% of the vote is Alexandr Bormotin, from Ivanovo in Russia, for his incredible futuristic image of a new underground train station in Moscow, entitled Metrostation. 

The Judges Prize was awarded to Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz a professional photographer from northern Spain, who captured Hemisferic, designed by Santiago Calatrava, a science museum in Valencia. His photo, simply entitled Fish, cleverly captured the building and its reflections, to reimagine it as a living creature. 

Caroline Gumble Chief Executive at the CIOB said: “So many images managed to create a sense of mood and place, it was a delight to judge the competition. The winning photographs both show the beauty and harmony in great architecture and are a reminder of the impact on our emotions and well-being that well-designed buildings can achieve." 

The full gallery of art of building finalists is available at



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