With more than 80,000 entries from +180 countries, CBRE Group, Inc.’s Urban Photographer of the Year competition’s 11th year was its largest and broadest reaching. Richard Morgan, from the United Kingdom, has been named the overall winner of the competition. Mr. Morgan’s image, “What are you looking at?” captures a fascinating street side scene in Poznan, Poland of a group of onlookers, entranced by a tourist attraction, disrupted by one, direct stare. Three photos are among the best from Hungary.
The competition, which delivers powerful views into urban life, is run annually by CBRE, the world’s leading commercial real estate services and investment firm. This year, amateur and professional photographers were challenged to capture moments of urban connectivity and interactivity through the brief, “Cities of Connections: People, Places, Perspectives.
Within the Hourly Winners on the CBRE Urban Photography Competition, Zsolt Lafferton won the 01:00 hourly award with the "Summer Night" photo which was taken on the Budapest Liberty Bridge. Győző Láng ("Night Shift") was the winner of 23 hours, while Levente's Sáfrány's photo in Tokyo ("Lines") was chosen by the jury for the 02:00 hourly winner.
Győző Láng: Night shift
Mel Chennell from the United Kingdom was named as the overall winner of the Mobile Category. Her winning mobile image, “Truly Connected?” captures a scene in a London train station and encourages the viewer to question the true meaning of connections in our digital and physical worlds.
Regional winners were also named. The Americas prize was awarded to Alec Herrera from the United States for his entry, “Good morning, Auckland,” depicting the city’s skyline from a camper’s perspective. The Asia Pacific prize went to M Yousuf Tusha from Bangladesh for his entry, “Betel Nut,” a striking image of a farmer amongst a sea of betel nuts in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. The EMEA prize was awarded to Ian Harper from the United Kingdom for his entry, “Barcelona from Above,” a photograph capturing the beauty and symmetry of Barcelona from dizzying heights.
Martin Samworth, Group President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of CBRE in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said, “The competition continues to grow in terms of influence and impact, with this year delivering a record number of entries and importantly, a tremendous amount of high quality work. The images we received truly embody the spirit of city life and human interaction around the world, and I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this year’s record-setting competition.”
The top prize is a special photography trip to a destination of the winner’s choice for themselves and a friend. Regional winners will receive photography drones and the mobile winner will receive a GoPro package.
Zsolt Lafferton: Summer night
In acknowledgement of all photographs submitted, CBRE will donate £10,000 to global children’s charity Plan International, CBRE’s EMEA charity partner. CBRE has been supporting Plan International since 2014, raising over £1 million to fund a programme in Sierra Leone to help girls to complete their education. CBRE has recently embarked on a new two-year project in Nairobi, Kenya with the charity called Safer Cities. This programme aims to transform urban centres from potentially dangerous spaces into places of inclusion, tolerance and opportunity for everyone, especially girls.