This picture is the best architectural photograph of 2017

Chinese photographer Terrence Zhang dominated this year’s Architectural Photography Awards with his pictures of Tianjin University New Campus

The search for the year’s most photogenic building has come to an end, and Chinese photographer Terrence Zhang has been announced as the winner of the Architectural Photography 2017 awards, sponsored by Sto, with his picture of a swimming pool in the new campus of Tianjin University in China.

Picture of a swimming pool in the New Campus of Tianjin University from Chinese photographer Terrence Zhang from China won the Architectural Photography 2017 awards — Terrence Zhang/APA/Sto architecture, architectural, awards
The picture of a swimming pool of the New Campus of Tianjin University from a Chinese photographer Terrence Zhang that has won the Architectural Photography 2017 awards — Terrence Zhang/APA/Sto

Zhang’s capture of the building – designed by Atelier Li Xinggang – caught the attention of visitors to the World Architecture Festival in Berlin, who voted for him during the event.

Yintong Betser, CEO of Image+Space, and Ulrike Stotmeister, accepted the award on Zhang’s behalf during the festival’s Gala dinner on Friday 17th November.

Zhang wins $3,000 and his pictures, as well as other shortlisted photographs, will be exhibited at the Image+Space exhibition in Beijing from 11th November 2017. They will also be shown at Sto Werkstatt, the cultural headquarters of the Sto Group in London from 9th February 2018.

Amy Croft, one of the principal judges of the awards, and curator at Sto Werkstatt said: I have had the honour to judge this prize and curate the resulting ‘Building Images’ exhibition for the last five years, and in that time we have seen the scope of the prize grow year-on-year.”

Adam Letche's from Bosjes farm in Ceres, Cape Town was chosen the runner-up of the competition — Adam Letch/APA/Sto atchitecture photography architectural
Adam Letche’s picture of Bosjes farm in Ceres, Cape Town was chosen the runner-up of the competition — Adam Letch/APA/Sto

The runners-up chosen by the jury were Adam Letch’s photo of a chapel built on Bosjes farm in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio; Terrence Zhang’s second picture of the Gymnasium of Tianjin University came top in the Buildings In Use category; and Tom Roe’s Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Bolzano, South Tyrol in Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects, was selected as the best in the Sense of Place category.

After two rounds of judging, the thousands of entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 20 images before the overall winner was chosen by visitors to the World Architecture Festival.

“2017’s entries are remarkable in their global reach: from Burning Man in the Nevada desert to a housing estate in Beijing, from an art museum in Denmark to a chapel in Cape Town” Croft said.

“This truly global view the prize offers us stands as a reminder of the skill of architectural photography to communicate not only the image of buildings, but evoking their atmosphere, usage and sociocultural contexts. ”

You can see all the 20 shortlisted photographs here.