The most remarkable architectural photos of the year revealed


Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

The best architectural photos of the year have been revealed, highlighting the beauty of clean geometry, abstracted silhouettes and industrial textures from around the world.

On Wednesday, the organizers of the 2022 Architectural Photography Awards announced more than 20 finalists in categories such as interiors, exteriors and buildings in use. All shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the upcoming World Architecture Festival in Lisbon, Portugal.

The photos include the atmospheric scene in Open Architecture’s meditative Chapel of Sound, in China’s Hebei province; an artistically contrasting image of a glass floor in the Japanese capital Tokyo; and a foggy view of a moss-covered animal stable near Bruges, Belgium.
According to a press statement, photographers from 64 countries entered the competition this year, up from 42 last year. Judges included Vicky Richardson, head of architecture at the Royal Academy of Art, and architect Patrik Schumacher, director of the late Zaha Hadid’s firm.

Entries were judged on “composition, scale and the photographers’ sensitivity to atmosphere,” according to the press release.

Paul Finch, program director of the World Architecture Festival (WAF), said in a statement that “now that ‘everyone is a photographer,’ the importance of good architectural photography has increased.” The award, in its 10th year, is an “annual reminder of how architectural photography can expand our understanding of design, rather than just capturing what’s there,” he added.

Last year, photographer Liu Xinghao was named the overall winner for his photo of people enjoying their vacation against the backdrop of Safdie Architects’ Raffles City complex in Chongqing, China. Category winners included a photo of the Getty Los Angeles gardens and scenes at Jiaxing Railway Station in China’s Zhejiang province.

The winners of this year’s competition will be announced in December at the World Architecture Festival.

Scroll through the gallery above to see photos from the 2022 shortlist.

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