Art of Building Photo Competition 2016

Publish Date: Oct 12, 2016

Deadline: Nov 27, 2016

Why you should enter

If you have a good eye for a photograph and are passionate about the built environment then take part in this year’s Art of Building competition. It is free to enter and your photograph could inspire thousands of people. Previous winners have been featured on the BBC website, throughout the UK national press and in international titles across the globe.

The overall Art of Building winner is chosen by both experts and the public. It is a competition that celebrates buildings and the relationship people have with the built environment. Selected photographs feature in real public installations as the competition transforms construction hoarding into gallery spaces.

So if you want to share your vision and gain recognition as a photographer along the way then take part. You could walk away with the ‘Art of Building Photographer of the Year’ title and the £3,500 cash prize.


The Art of Building is free to enter and open to both professional and amateur photographers above the age of 18, unless entereing the Young Photographer of the Year category.

We accept entries from anywhere in the world. Entrants can submit up to three photographs across any of the categories. This years competition opens for entry on 17 October 2016.

What we want

  • Photos that inspire others to look at and appreciate the built world around them
  • Original work by the person entering it
  • Photographs must be entered in a JPEG format
  • They must also be between 2mb and 8mb (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

The Key Dates

  • 17 October 2016 - Open for entry
  • 27 November 2016 - Closed for entry
  • 15 December 2016 - Public vote opens
  • 23 January 2017 - Public vote closes
  • 7 February 2017 - Winner announced

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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? 
  • FOCUS 
    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? 
  • CIOB 
    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?

To APPLY you need to fill an online form in the official website.


1. Architecture

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.

2. Creative vision

Human imagination, invention and talent is poured into the world we build around ourselves. Past winners in this category have pushed the boundaries of what is possible in creative photography, giving a unique and sometimes abstract perspective.

3. 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.

4. Young Photographer of the Year

If you are under the age of 18 this is the category for you. The best entry will recieve a £1000 cash prize.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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