20 Stunning Finalists of the 2018 Architectural Photography Awards

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“The Piazza Duomo from the Arengario Balconi of the Palazzo dell’Arengario, Museo del 900 in Milan, Italy by Italo Rota and Fabio Fornasari,” Sense of Place shortlist. (Photo: Marco Tagliarino/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

Architectural photographers around the world submitted their best images to the Architectural Photography Awards and now the 20 finalists have been revealed. The competition, which is organized by the World Architecture Festival, attracted entries from 47 countries and the finalists will have their images on display at the WAF in Amsterdam.

The five images selected in each of the four categories—Interiors, Exteriors, Buildings in Use, and Sense of Place—highlight the artistry of architectural photography. From the interior of an abandoned Soviet-era sanatorium to the sleek curves of Calatrava’s Liège-Guillemins station in Belgium, the photographs highlight each building’s unique beauty. Interestingly, one piece of architecture was so inspiring that two photographers in the finals photographed it. Both Omer Kanipak and Jeff Eden photographed Wolfgang Buttress’ The Hive at England’s Kew Gardens, with each giving their own distinct spin on the space. Eden’s image is a moody exterior shot of Buttress’ structure in the winter mist, while Kanipak’s demonstrates how engaging the building is for children.

An expert panel of judges, which includes Richard Bryant (photographer), Alan Capel (head of content at Alamy), and architect James Timberlake (Founder and Partner at KieranTimberlake), will select winners from these four categories as well as two additional areas—Portfolio and Mobile. The new Portfolio category looks at 46 photographs of one architectural project, while the Mobile category is for photographs taken on mobile devices.

The public will also weigh in by voting for a People’s Choice winner over the course of the World Architecture Festival, which takes place from November 28 to November 30, 2018. Each category winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize at the awards gala that takes place on the final evening of the WAF.

20 images have been announced as the finalists of the 2018 Architectural Photography Awards.

“The Hive at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK by Wolfgang Buttress,” Buildings in Use shortlist. (Photo: Omer Kanipak/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“The Hive at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK during winter,” Sense of Place shortlist. (Photo: Jeff Eden/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“A Soviet-era Sanatorium “Sacartvelo” with a stray dog and rubbish, in the town of Tskaltubo in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia designed by architect Kalashniko,” Buildings in Use shortlist. (Photo: Ryan Koopmans/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“The ceiling of Liège-Guillemins station in Belgium by Santiago Calatrava,” Interior shortlist. (Photo: Suraj Garg/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“A semi-abandoned power station in Kelenfold, Budapest, Hungary,” Interior shortlist. (Photo: Roman Robroek/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“The Vortex, Bloomberg headquarters, London, UK by Foster + Partners,” Interior shortlist. (Photo: James Newton/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“Swimmers on the riverside opposite the construction of Raffles City Chongqing, China by Safdie Architects,” Sense of Place shortlist. (Photo: Zhu Wenqiao/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“Castle Neuschwanstein in Winter,” Sense of Place shortlist. (Photo: Dirk Vonten/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“Apartment building in Yaiza, Lanzarote, Spain,” Exterior shortlist. (Photo: Marius Liutkevicius/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

All the photographs will be on display at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam.

“The Vantablack Pavilion, Pyeongchang, South Korea by Asif Khan,” Buildings in Use shortlist. (Photo: Laurian Ghinitoiu/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama,USA,” Buildings in Use shortlist. (Photo: Brad Feinknopf/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“Azur Arena in Antibes, France by Auer Weber architects,” Buildings in Use shortlist. (Photo: Aldo Amoretti/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“The perforated concrete skin of Vm Estancia in Chennai,Tamil Nadu, India by KSM Architecture,” Exterior shortlist. (Photo: B.R.S.Sreenag/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“The Théodore Gouvy Theatre in Freyming-Merlebach, France by Dominique Coulon & Associés,” Interior shortlist. (Photo: Eugeni Pons/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“The Ouse Valley viaduct in Sussex, UK by David Mocatta,” Interior shortlist. (Photo: Andrew Robertson/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“The Bank of China Tower, Ningbo China by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP,” Exterior shortlist. (Photo: He Zhenuan/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“Long Museum West Bund Shanghai, Chinaby Atelier Deshaus,” Exterior shortlist. (Photo: Pawel Paniczko/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Border Crossing Facility by ECADI,” Exterior shortlist. (Photo: Shao Feng/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

“The Seashore Chapel in Qinhuangdao, China by Vector Architects,” Sense of Place shortlist. (Photo: Ai Qing/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht)

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My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by the World Architecture Festival.

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