Take a Fresh Look at the Built Environment” Urges Art of Building Judge

Professional photographer and Art of Building judge, Matt Wain, is urging all entrants to this year’s Chartered Institute of Building digital photography competition to think beyond the obvious when taking and selecting their photographs. As competition for a place in the final intensifies, Wain believes that exploring how the built environment is central to our quality of life in a new and imaginative way could be the secret to a winning image.

“This year, I will be looking closer than ever for a sense of humanity and how buildings influence our everyday lives,” he says. “It’s important that entrants don’t get too hung-up about the technicalities of photography. As a judge, I’m more interested in finding really great, fresh pictures that are taken in a different way than images that are technically perfect.”

While the range of iconic structures around the world will inevitably be a big draw to both
amateur and professional photographers entering the contest, Wain says that entrants should also consider their homes and local community buildings as potential subjects, too. “The building that an entrant might photograph needn’t be the most architecturally perfect,” he explains. “To me it is more interesting if it highlights the way it integrates with our lives.”

Last year, the competition attracted over 1,000 entries from as far afield as Iran, Australia, India and China.

The top prize was scooped by photographer, Jim Dunn whose dramatic photograph, depicting the construction of the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, beat off tough competition to win the public vote.

This year, entries will be split into four categories: Building Inspiration, Between People and Buildings, Creative Visions and Young Photographer of the Year.

The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18, whether professional or amateur. Entrants are encouraged to capture the built environment in a way not seen before, to inspire others and to challenge people’s perceptions. Most importantly however, the CIOB aims to provoke people to have fun and gain a new perspective on the world around them.

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