2021 Architectural Photography Awards’ Finalists Revealed | SR Bulletin

2021 Architectural Photography Awards’ Finalists Revealed | SR Bulletin
The Cube an office building in Berlin,Germany by Robert Herrmann

Evocative photographs of a Hong Kong Tower evacuated by people during the lockdown and impressive pictures of the Raffles City skyscraper complex are among the finalists in this year’s prestigious Architectural Photography Awards. Supported by Aluprof UK and the World Architecture Festival (WAF), the Architectural Photography Awards will virtually discuss the shortlist images in the Digital Edition on 30th November. While the winners will be announced at the end of WAF in Lisbon on Friday 3rd December. Scroll down to read SURFACES REPORTER’s (SR) complete report below containing more information along with a selection of the images shortlisted at this year's Architectural Photography Awards.

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Kris Provoos

Hong Kong-based photographer Kris Provoost captured this evocative image of this dark building evacuated by dwellers during the Covid-19 lockdown

This year’s award function theme is Greening the City and Portfolio with the theme of Building with History. The winner will be selected from six categories; four main categories including Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place, Buildings in Use, and two separate categories- a mobile photography and portfolio category. The 2021 Award Ceremony will offer a prize pot of $4250 that will be shared between the winners. 

Final results will be announced virtually at the annual World Architecture Festival (WAF) on Friday, 3rd December. The WAF delegates and a jury of eminent architects and industry experts will choose two photos from each of the six categories. Of these 12 photographs, two will be selected as overall winners.

Chen Guanhong
Photo of the gardens at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, by photographer Chen Guanhong | It was nominated in a mobile category themed this year as "greening the city."

The Jury has finalized the images from nearly 2,000 entries from 42 countries. 26% of the entries were from the UK, 14% from the USA & 14% from China. Germany, Canada, and Australia are all-around 4%. The new country's entry was Iran. 

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In a press statement, jury member Paul Finch, Programme Director at the World Architecture Festival, said: "Photography as a means of communication has become even more significant at a time of reduced travel and lockdowns. The impact of image on the eye and mind is as strong as ever. 

Further, jury member, Hamish Crooks of Magnum Photos said: "This was a tough competition to judge and I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of all the entries presented to us especially in terms of their compositional and technical quality."

laurian-2019 shortlist2019-Laurian Ghinitoiu’s photo of the Twist Museum

In 2019, Laurian Ghinitoiu's image of The Twist Museum in Norway received the award. However, last year’s awards were canceled amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Other Shortlisted Images of Architectural Photography Awards 2021:

Alex de Rijke-Maggie Oldham

Maggie Oldham's photograph of this British cancer care center designed by Alex de Rijke using engineered hardwood

China-based photography duo UK Studio-depicting the Beijing and Hangzhou branches of Metal Hands Coffee

Beijing and Hangzhou branches of Metal Hands Coffee snapped by China-based photography duo UK Studio

Chinese photographer Chen Guanhong

Image captured by Chinese photographer Chen Guanhong

Kevin Siyuan

Window cleaners scaling the CapitaSpring building, Singapore photographed by Kevin Siyuan

Photographer Liu Xinghao

Photographer Liu Xinghao photgraphed a holiday scene in Chongqing, China, with the Raffles City tower complex captured in the background

Photographer Yu Tzu Chins image of a lush, plant-filled bathroom in Taipei,

Photographer Yu Tzu Chin's picture of a lush, plant-filled bathroom in Taipei, Taiwan

Rita Restaurant in Wellington

Shortlisted in the "sense of place" category, this is a warm and cozy shot of Rita Restaurant in Wellington, New Zealand

Lisbon-based photographer Francisco Nogueira

ME Dubai hotel in Dubai photographed by Lisbon-based photographer Francisco Nogueira | Shortlisted in the interior category

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