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CIOB launches global search for best built environment picture


12th October 2020

The world's biggest photography competition for the built environment, the Art of Building, returns on 12 October 2020.

Each year the competition attracts thousands of entries as keen amateurs and experienced professionals battle for the international recognition and two £1500 cash prizes. 

Last year’s winners included Alexandr Bormotin, from Ivanovo in Russia, who won the Public Choice Award his incredible futuristic image of a new underground train station in Moscow, entitled Metrostation, and Pedro Luis Ajuriaguerra Saiz, a professional photographer from northern Spain, who was awarded the Judges’ Prize for capturing Hemisferic, designed by Santiago Calatrava, a science museum in Valencia. 

The competition is free to enter and open to anyone aged 18 or over.  Entries can be made from 12 October 2020 until 15 November 2020.  Up to three photographs per person can be entered. Winners will be announced on 26 January 2021 following the judges and public voting rounds.

There are two awards to be won: the £1,500 Judges’ Prize, chosen by the judges, and the £1,500 Public Choice Award chosen by the public through an online vote.

Entries will not be accepted outside of the advertised closing date or if they are embedded with borders or locks.

Caroline Gumble, Chief Executive of the CIOB and part of the judging panel for this year, said:

“I am proud to be involved again this year in my second CIOB Art of Building competition. Every year I am inspired by the beauty that the public see in the world’s structures, and I greatly look forward to seeing what’s submitted this time. As someone who can’t resist taking photos of buildings and construction sites and architecture, I know there must be lots of people out there with amazing and stimulating images to share.”

For more details about the competition and to enter, log on to

The competition can also be found on Instagram at


About the CIOB’s Art of Building 

  • Art of Building is an annual international photography competition run by the Chartered Institute of Building. 
  • The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over
  • Art of Building is free to enter and entries are welcome from anywhere in the world
  • Pictures can be taken on any style of equipment, but they must be in digital format


Art of Building 2020 timeline  


  • Open for entry - 12 October 2020
  • Closed for entry - 15 November 2020
  • Public vote begins - 7 December 2020
  • Public vote ends - 11 January 2021
  • Winner announced - 26 January 2021


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