These are the 20 best architectural photos for 2018

These stunning photographs of architectural wonders have been shortlisted for the annual Architectural Photography Awards 2018

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness,” said one of the most influential architects of our age, Frank Gehry, the author of world-famous buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, or the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

One of this year's entries for the Interior category, a photo of the Vortex, Bloomberg headquarters in London, by James Newton — James Newton/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht 20 best architectural photos for 2018
One of this year’s entries for the Interior category, a photo of the Vortex at the Bloomberg headquarters in London — James Newton / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht

And there is very little to argue about in the statement. Architecture belongs to the highest of visual arts that preserve the essence of our civilisation and transmit a legacy to the next generations.

Every year, photographers around the world strive to capture these peaks of our creative abilities in a single shot that reflects the ambience of the structures and freezes them for eternity.

For the occasion of World Architectural Festival, held in Amsterdam from 28-30 November, the jury of the Architectural Photography Awards 2018 has shortlisted 20 entries for this year’s competition that should deliver the best architectural photo of this year.

Chinese photographer Zhu Wenqiao submitted this picture of swimmers on the riverside opposite the construction of Raffles City Chongqing in China built by Safdie Architects — Zhu Wenqiao/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht 20 best architectural photos for 2018
Chinese photographer Zhu Wenqiao submitted this picture of swimmers on the riverside — Zhu Wenqiao / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht

The 20 photographs will be exhibited at the festival and its visitors can cast their vote for the overall winner of the four main categories.

To extend last year’s competition, where the judges evaluated the category of Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of Place and Buildings in Use categories, the organiser have added two other categories — Mobile and Portfolio.

Marco Tagliarino from Italy submitted a picture of the Piazza Duomo from the Arengario Balconi of the Palazzo dell'Arengario, Museo del 900 in Milan, designed by Italo Rota and Fabio Fornasari— Marco Tagliarino/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Marco Tagliarino from Italy submitted a picture of the Piazza Duomo from the Arengario Balconi of the Palazzo dell’Arengario — Marco Tagliarino / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht

The results of the contest will be announced during the WAF Gala Dinner on Friday 30 November along with the winners of the pre-judged Portfolio and Mobile categories.

The overall winner of the four main categories will receive a cash prize of $3,000; the Portfolio category prize is $1,000 and the Mobile category will have 2 winners — the public’s choice and the judges’ choice, each receiving a prize of $250.  

Jeff Eden from the UK submitted an image of the Hive at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, UK during winter, designed by Wolfgang Buttress— Jeff Eden/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht 20 best architectural photos for 2018
Jeff Eden from the UK submitted an image of the Hive at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew during winter — Jeff Eden / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht

James Timberlake, FAIA Partner from the US-based architectural firm KieranTimberlake and one of the judges on this year’s panel, said: “I’ve had so much fun, and so enjoyed, looking at these images and soaking them in – some incredible work.”

Other entries included in the shortlist 

Ai Qing from China took a picture of the Seashore Chapel in Qinhuangdao, China designed by Vector Architects. — Ai Qing/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht 20 best architectural photos for 2018
Ai Qing from China took a picture of the Seashore Chapel in Qinhuangdao, China designed by Vector Architects — Ai Qing / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht
Omer Kanipak from the UK submitted a photo of the Hive at the Royal Botanic Gardens,in Kew, UK, designed by Wolfgang Buttress — Omer Kanipak/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht 20 best architectural photos for 2018
Omer Kanipak from the UK submitted a photo of the Hive at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew — Omer Kanipak / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht
Brad Feinknopf from the USA submitted a picture of the Auburn University, in Alabama, USA — Brad Feinknopf/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Brad Feinknopf from the USA submitted a picture of Auburn University, in Alabama, USA — Brad Feinknopf / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht

Laurian Ghinitoiu from Germany submitted a picture of the Vantablack Pavilion, Pyeongchang, South Korea designed by Asif Khan— Laurian Ghinitoiu/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht 20 best architectural photos for 2018
Laurian Ghinitoiu from Germany submitted a picture of the Vantablack Pavilion, Pyeongchang, South Korea, designed by Asif Khan — Laurian Ghinitoiu / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht
He Zhenuan from China submitted a picture of the  Bank of China Tower, Ningbo, China, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP— Zhenuan/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
He Zhenuan from China submitted a picture of the Bank of China Tower, Ningbo, China — Zhenuan / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht
B.R.S.Sreenag from India  submitted a picture of the perforated concrete skin of Vm Estancia in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, by KSM Architecture— B.R.S.Sreenag/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
B.R.S. Sreenag from India submitted a picture of the perforated concrete skin of Vm Estancia in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, by KSM Architecture — B.R.S. Sreenag / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht

Ryan Koopmans from Canada submitted a picture of a Soviet-era Sanatorium "Sacartvelo" with a stray dog and rubbish, in the town of Tskaltubo in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia designed by architect Kalashniko — Ryan Koopmans/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Ryan Koopmans from Canada submitted a picture of a Soviet-era sanatorium Sacartvelo with a stray dog and rubbish in Georgia — Ryan Koopmans / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht
Marius Liutkevicius from the UK took a picture of an apartment building in Yaiza, Lanzarote, Spain— Marius Liutkevicius/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Marius Liutkevicius from the UK took a picture of an apartment building in Yaiza, Lanzarote, Spain — Marius Liutkevicius / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht
Andrew Robertson from the UK submitted an image of the Ouse Valley viaduct in Sussex, UK designed by David Mocatta — Andrew Robertson/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Andrew Robertson from the UK submitted an image of the Ouse Valley viaduct in Sussex, UK — Andrew Robertson / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht
Spanish photographer Eugeni Pons submitted an image of a picture of the Théodore Gouvy Theatre in Freyming-Merlebach, France designed by Dominique Coulon & Associés — Eugeni Pons/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Spanish photographer Eugeni Pons submitted an image of the Théodore Gouvy Theatre in Freyming-Merlebach, France designed by Dominique Coulon & Associés — Eugeni Pons / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht
Roman Robroek from the Netherlands submitted an image of a picture of a semi-abandoned power station in Kelenfold, Budapest, Hungary — Robroek/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Roman Robroek from the Netherlands submitted an image of a semi-abandoned power station in Kelenfold, Budapest, Hungary — Robroek / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht

Suraj Garg from the UK submitted took a picture of he ceiling of Liège-Guillemins station in Belgium designed by Santiago Calatrava — Suraj Garg/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Suraj Garg from the UK submitted took a picture of he ceiling of Liège-Guillemins station in Belgium designed by Santiago Calatrava — Suraj Garg / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht
Shao Feng from China took a picture of an image of of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Border Crossing Facility designed by ECADI — Shao Feng/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Shao Feng from China took a picture of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Border Crossing Facility designed by ECADI — Shao Feng / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht
Italian photographer Aldo Amoretti submitted a picture of Azur Arena in Antibes, France designed by Auer Weber architects — Shao Aldo Amoretti/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Italian photographer Aldo Amoretti submitted a picture of Azur Arena in Antibes, France designed by Auer Weber architects — Aldo Amoretti / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht

Pawel Paniczko from the UK submitted an image of Long Museum West Bund Shanghai, China designed by Atelier Deshaus — Paniczko/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Pawel Paniczko from the UK submitted an image of Long Museum West Bund Shanghai, China designed by Atelier Deshaus — Paniczko / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht
Dirk Vonten from Germany took this picture of Castle Neuschwanstein in Winter — Dirk Vonten/APA18/Sto/Dornbracht
Dirk Vonten from Germany took this picture of Castle Neuschwanstein in Winter — Dirk Vonten / APA18 / Sto / Dornbracht