Stunning finalists for the Architectural Photography Awards revealed

A museum with a twist in Norway and a spiralling New York landmark: The stunning shortlisted entries for the Architectural Photography Awards revealed

  • The prestigious contest attracted over 2,000 entries from photographers in 42 countries   
  • There are six categories – exterior, interior, sense of place, buildings in use, mobile and portfolio
  • The winning images will be announced next month during the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam   

The anticipation among photographers has been building, but now the wait is over. 

The shortlisted entries for the 2019 Architectural Photography Awards have been revealed.

Over 2,000 images have been submitted to the prestigious contest by photographers from 42 countries in six categories – exterior, interior, sense of place, buildings in use, mobile and portfolio.

For this year’s competition, the judges were asked to look beyond the architecture in the images and also consider the ‘composition, use of scale and the photographer’s sensitivity to the atmosphere’.

The shortlisted pictures will be exhibited at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam from December 4 to 6, with visitors able to vote for the winners. The winning images will be announced at a gala dinner.

Scroll down to see some of the stunning images that are in the running to win…

This image by Joan Muñoz Arango from Colombia has been shortlisted in the ‘buildings in use’ category. It shows the Vessel, a spiralling gherkin-shaped landmark that was built at Hudson Yards in New York City. It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and opened earlier this year 

Mohammad Almudhhi from Kuwait captured this photograph of the Schmela Haus in the German city of Dusseldorf, which was designed by Aldo van Eyck. It has been shortlisted in the ‘buildings in use’ category

Thomas Knowles from the UK has been shortlisted in the interior category with this unusual snap. It shows the reflection of the main hall in a glass case at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

This image by Vincent Wu from Hong Kong has been shortlisted in the interior category. It shows the Hill of the Buddha at Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo, Japan

Romanian photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has been shortlisted in the exterior category with this dramatic snap. It shows the Twist Museum at Kistefos Sculpture Park in Norway, which was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group

Photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu has also been shortlisted for this image of The Twist Museum in a different category – ‘sense of place’. There are a total of six categories in the contest 







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This aerial shot of the Camp Adventure Observation Tower in Gisselfeld Klosters Forest in Denmark has been shortlisted in the ‘sense of place’ category. It was captured by Dutch photographer Marco de Groot

Chinese photographer Ma ChengRong has been shortlisted in the ‘sense of place’ category with this snap. It shows houses in  Irkutsk – one of the largest cities in Siberia, Russia 

This image is shortlisted in the exterior category and shows the Guardian Art Center in Beijing, which was designed by Büro Ole Scheeren. The photographer behind the picture is Aurelien Chen from France

Inge Schuster from Denmark has earned a berth in the shortlist for the ‘sense of place’ category with this image. It was taken at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, which was designed by Amanda Levete

Italian photographer Marco Tagliarino has been shortlisted in the exterior category for this mesmerising shot of the Generali Tower in Milan. The tower was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and is an office for the Generali Group – an insurance company

Laurian Ghinitoiu has been shortlisted in the ‘buildings in use’ category for this shot that he captured of Skanderbeg Square in the Albanian capital, Tirana


The image, left, captured by Yi-Hsien Lee from Taiwan, has been shortlisted in the ‘buildings in use’ category. It shows an office building in Tokyo. Meanwhile, Dutch photographer Joris Hoogstede has earned a nod in the interior category with an image, right, taken inside Grundtvig’s Church in the Danish capital, Copenhagen

Shortlisted in the exterior category is this image of the top of a skyscraper in Shenzhen, China, taken by Su Zhewei. The building, which is the China Resources headquarters, was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox and is the third-highest building in Shenzhen

Taiwanese photographer Tzu Chin Yu has been shortlisted in the mobile category for this stunning image of the Bathing Pavilion Tossols-Basil in Olot, Spain. The image was captured on a Samsung SM-G973F


Shot on an iPhone X, an image of Napavilions in Xi’an, China, left, has been shortlisted in the mobile category. It was captured by Chinese photographer Geoffrey von Oeyen. American Jim Kostecky has been shortlisted in the mobile category for a shot he snapped, right, of the Seoul City Wall Visitor Pavilion in South Korea. He captured the image on his iPhone SE

This image of the BingDing Wood Kiln Factory in Qianncheng village in China has been shortlisted in the interior category. The picture was snapped by Chinese photographer He Zhenhuan. The factory was designed by AZL Architects

Hong Kong photographer Vincent Wu shot this snowy scene of the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo, Japan, on an iPhone 7. It has been shortlisted in the mobile category

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