These Photographs Show How Beautiful Architecture Around The World Is (50 Pics)
More of of 10,367 photos have been submitted to free-to-use photography app Agora, but only one photo has been voted ‘World’s Best Photo of #Architecture2020’ by the global community: congratulations to @trantuanviet who has won the competition with an aerial shot of Vietnam’s most famous footbridge, combining unique design and poetic scenery.
Agora’s latest photo competition invited its userbase to participate with their best shots of unique and outstanding architecture for a chance to win $1,000: an occasion to discover some of the most impressive buildings the world has to offer.
The #Architecture2020 contest was launched on March 10th on Agora, the mobile app where photographers, whether amateur or professional, can participate in international photo contests and promote their work for a chance to win cash prizes (from $1,000 to $25,000) and international recognition.
Agora’s global audience plays an important part in the selection of the Contest’s winner: all users have the power to vote for the photo that struck them the most, making the process democratic where everyone can participate, vote, and win.
“#Architecture2020 is a spectacle about the beauty that results from the interaction between light and volumes. The contrast between chaos and order, nature and the artificial, matter, and emptiness. Particles of photons bouncing off constructed volumes portrayed by the world’s great photographers” commented Octavi Royo, Agora’s CEO & Co-Founder.
@trantuanviet’s photo ‘Golden Bridge’, an aerial shot of Vietnam’s most famous footbridge combining unique design and poetic scenery gathered the most votes on the Agora app, crowning him with the #Architecture2020 Hero title and the $1,000 top prize.
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“The Golden Bridge has been built at around 1,400 meters above sea level. It is divided into eight spans (the longest one is equal to 20m), with a total length of 148,6 meters. This impressive architecture work has the peculiarity of being held by two giant concrete hands, representing the Mountain God’s hands.”
@trantuanviet (Vietnam), #Architecture2020 Hero
Location: Bristol, UK
“Once or twice a year the weather conditions produce this amazing scene of the fog passing under the suspension bridge. I’ve lived next to this bridge for 2 years but I never managed to capture the image. Within a month from moving house, and living over an hour away the conditions looked to align. So I traveled down 3 days in a row and on the final day managed to get it!”
Location: Petare, Caracas, Venezuela
Location: Eltz Castle, Mayen-Koblenz, Germany
Low Fog In Moscow
Location: Ostankino district, Moscow, Russia
“Low fog sunrises are not so commonly seen in Moscow. I woke up around 3 a.m. and saw the fog outside my window, so I decided it was a good moment to fly my drone. The fog was very dense, so I didn’t even see the tower itself from my vantage point. But when I took off my drone, I saw this striking picture: a thin sky needle above the sea of fog, with a shadow that makes it endless. It was the best sunrise of that summer.”
“My hands were frozen because of the freezing wind, but it was all worth seeing such an epic sunset. The architecture of this castle is stunning, it reminded me of my childhood and Walt Disney. There were a lot of kids when I visited, I still remember the expression of surprise on their faces observing this beautiful castle.”
Location: Emperor William Monument, Porta Westfalica, Germany
Running Under The Storto
Location: Milan, Italy
“This is the Generali building in Milan, called “lo storto” for its shape. I wanted to underline the integration between the new architecture of my city and the respect of the environment with this runner passing by. It was difficult to choose the perfect point of view and the right storytelling.”
Stairway To Heaven
Location: Hamburg, Germany
“I was in Hamburg for 2 days and spent my time photographing the beautiful stairs across the city. I like such abstract pictures where you don’t immediately grasp what it is.”
Bottle Opener And Needle
Location: Shanghai, China
Light Through The Dragon’s Gate
Location: Hong Kong
“These quirky cut-outs have long been rumored to exist for purposes of Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese system of summoning happiness and fortune through an individual’s surroundings. Such holes, it is said, act as gateways for “spirit dragons” that reside in the hills behind the towers — blocking the dragons’ path to the water could bring misfortune to local residents. At this time of day, the light was perfect as the sun sets – the key emotion I was looking to evoke is curiosity and wonder at the uniqueness of Hong Kong building structures.”
Flat Iron Building
Location: New York City, USA
“I wanted to enhance the special architecture of the Flat Iron building by using a wide-angle lens and a very low perspective, using the inbuilt distortion when tilting the camera down. Laying flat on the pavement in the busy NYC streets was very stressful, so when I started moving around, I had forgotten to close my camera bag and my 70-200 mm fell on the ground. This picture cost me about 1,200$ for the repair on a lens I didn’t even use!”
Fort Alexander I
Location: Kronstadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
“Fort Alexander 1 is a naval fortress on an artificial island located in the Gulf of Finland, near St. Petersburg and Kronstadt. From 1899 to 1917, the fort housed a research laboratory on plague and other bacterial diseases. By 1983, the fort was stripped of its fixtures and abandoned. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Fort Alexander was a popular location for rave parties.”
Location: Crimea, Russia
“I wanted to convey the peace of being in such a secluded place in solitude. In the current bustling rhythm of life, it is sometimes important to spend time in silence, disconnecting from gadgets and social networks. On the day I took this photo, I found out that I would finally become a dad!”
Colorful Architecture In Tokyo
Location: Tokyo, Japan
“This building looks like another building from the outside, but if you head inside it’s an explosion of colors! It was such a great discovery. I want to transmit the same feeling, an explosion of joy and color in the eye, and the harmony between that chaotic color range and the straight leading lines of the building.”
Location: Hiorne Tower Arundel West Sussex, UK
“I have been experimenting with light painting, and I thought this folly built in 1787 would make a great subject to be painted. This photo was taken at 8 pm on a very dark but clear winter night. The mini castle is lite using a drone with two Lume cubes circling the structure which was then removed in post-processing.”
@bear.martin (New Zealand)
Location: Petrovskiy Track Palace, Moscow, Russia
“Peter’s Palace is located at the gates of Moscow and was erected in the years 1776-1780, serving as a residence for noble people after a long journey from St Petersburg to Moscow. I wanted to capture its amazing architecture using a technique called “Inception”. There are 9 photos from different angles manually merged into one photo.”
Urban Grid, Barcelona
Location: Barcelona, Spain
“I wanted to get up high and show a unique pattern from a different angle. It’s beauty that can be hard to imagine from the street level. This was an early start, to capture the magical city under some nice morning light. The previous days before this shoot, it was cloudy so I waited for a clear day to capture the light kissing the buildings.”