The annual photographic competition celebrates the art of building

The world’s largest annual photography competition for the built environment, The Art of Building, was launched by the Chartered Institute of Building.

The competition, which is free, attracts thousands of entries from amateur and professional photographers each year, hoping to win one of two prizes of £1,500 and the recognition of having their photo promoted across the world.

Once the competition closes on November 27, a dozen entries will be selected by a jury to move on to a voting stage where the public can choose their favorite. In January, the entry with the most votes will be crowned the People’s Choice winner, while a second photo will be selected by the judges as the Judges’ Choice winner.

Photo: The tallest skyscraper in Europe – Mikhail Proskalov

Saul Townsend, from the Chartered Institute of Building, said: “Although many people think of buildings only as functional structures, we hope through our competition to change that mindset and help everyone see them as works of art. Even a single window in a standard office building, for example, can look spectacular in the right light from the right angle, so just about anything can become a brilliant shot.

The contest photos are often used in pop-up art galleries on construction site fences around the world, seen by millions of passers-by.

Townsend added: “The competition celebrates the creativity of the built environment industry, the passion of the people who work in it and the impact of their work on those who use the final construction. We all spend most or all of our days in or around buildings, be it our homes, workplaces or social spaces, so a good topic should be easy to find for everyone, especially that photos can be taken on mobile devices and you don’t need to be a professional photographer. We love seeing the thousands of photos we receive each year, and it gives us great insight into what the public considers art. As the contest is free, we hope that many people will get involved to claim victory.

The 2021 finalists included photos taken in India, Russia, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States with entries received from over 100 countries. The Public Choice award-winning photo was taken by Rahaman Hossain and showed a woman drawing water from a pond in front of the spectacular World Heritage Site, Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi. The jury winner was Mikhail Proskalov for his exquisite photograph of the Lakhta Center in St. Petersburg, captured using drone technology. At 462 meters, the center of Lakhta is the tallest building in Russia and Europe. The 2020 Judges Choice winner portrayed the restoration of Big Ben in London.

The Art of Building competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 and the deadline for entries is Sunday, November 27, 2022. For more information, visit

Michael E. Marquez