The Art of Building photography competition

Deadline: 12 November 2018
Open to: both professional and amateur photographers above the age of 18
Benefits:‘art of Building Photographer of the Year’ title and the GBP 3,500 cash prize


The Art of Building photography competition is an international showcase for the very best digital photography of the built environment.

The competition is run by the Chartered Institute of Building and celebrates the creativity of the industry, the passion of the people who work within it, and the impact their work has on those who make use of the final construction.

If you have a good eye for a photograph and are passionate about the built environment then take part in this year’s Art of Building competition. Previous winners have been featured on the BBC website, throughout the UK national press and in international titles across the globe.

There are three categories in this competition:

Focusing on the design and style of the built environment this category celebrates everything from the small details that make up a structure to entire cityscapes.

Conservation and Heritage
Cultures around the world are often described by their built environment. This category celebrates the poetry of old buildings and showcases their relevance into today’s modern world.

Human interaction
Entries in this category capture the story of how people interact with buildings. From those who build our infrastructure to those who live, work or play alongside the built environment.


The Art of Building is free to enter and open to both professional and amateur photographers above the age of 18, unless entering the Young Photographer of the Year category.

They accept entries from anywhere in the world. Entrants can submit up to three photographs across any of the categories.

What is wanted

  • Photos that inspire others to look at and appreciate the built world around them;
  • Original work by the person entering it;
  • Photographs must be entered in a JPEG format;
  • They must also be between 2mb and 8mb (per photo) in size.

What is not wanted

  • Late entries, once the competition is closed we will not accept photographs
  • Photographs which have embedded text, borders or are locked will not be accepted
  • Submissions that have won other photography competitions are also not allowed


Selected photographs feature in real public installations as the competition transforms construction hoarding into gallery spaces.

So if you want to share your vision and gain recognition as a photographer along the way then take part.

You could walk away with the ‘Art of Building Photographer of the Year’ title and the GBP 3,500 cash prize.


In order to apply, please click here.

For further information please visit the official website.