The Architectural Photography Awards have unveiled their 2021 shortlist. For the first time, Iran was on the list of countries entered alongside the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Germany and Canada, for to name a few. Nearly 2000 applications were submitted in six categories: Exterior, Interior, Sense of place, Buildings used, Mobile (with the theme of greening) and Portfolio (with the theme of Buildings steeped in history).
The jury was invited to look beyond architecture and consider other elements such as composition, use of scale and the photographer’s sensitivity to the ambience of an image. This year’s jury was made up of prominent architectural and photography professionals including Richard Bryans, Hamish Crooks, Laurian Ghinitoiu, Chloe Grimshaw, Katy Harris and Marco Iuliano.
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The photos will be on display at the World Architecture Festival in Chendu, China from December 1-3, allowing delegates to vote for their favorite. The winners will then be announced at the end of the WAF on December 3 and two photographers will be selected per category – one chosen by the jury and the other by WAF representatives. Prizes range from $ 100 for the winner of the mobile delegates up to $ 2,000 for the overall winner of the judge.
Hamish Crooks, the Media and Archives Licensing Consultant for Magnum Photos, said: âIt was a tough competition to judge and I was pleasantly surprised at the level of all the entriesâ¦ From my experience in social documentary photography, I was leaning towards those images which show a certain social interaction between architecture and humanity and the environment, specifically looking for those suspended momentsâ¦ â
Paul Finch, program director at the World Architecture Festival, said: âPhotography as a medium has become even more important in an era of reduced travel and confinement. The impact of the image on the eyes and the mind is stronger than ever.
The Architectural Photography Awards are in their ninth year and aim to showcase the expertise, skills and creativity of architectural photographers. WAF 2021 will take place from December 1 to 3 and will be broadcast live via interactive digital.
Scroll down to see a selection of this year’s finalists.
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