CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year title awarded to German photographer
German photographer Marius Vieth has been named the winner of the CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition for 2014. Mr. Vieth’s image, Masks of Society was selected from among 11,500 entries from 79 countries, confirming the competition’s place as the largest of its kind. The theme of the competition is ‘Cities at Work’ and photographers around the world are asked to capture the essence and reality of the working life of a city, with all of its beauty and day-to-day routine. The wide pool of entries captured urban scenes as diverse as the bustling roads of Mumbai to the quiet calm of street vendors shutting down their shops for the night.
This year, the competition also offered regional and youth prizes for the first time. The Europe, Middle East and Africa prize was awarded to Carlos da Costa Branco for ‘Dancing in the Street’ which depicts a traffic warden in Lisbon. The Asia Pacific prize went to Ly Hoang Long for ‘Net Mending’ a striking image of women mending fishing nets in Vietnam. Johanna Siegmann was the winner of the Americas prize for her image ‘Buffer Zone’. The youth prizes, in partnership with children’s development charity Plan International, were awarded to Sarah Scarborough (13-15 age category) for ‘A Distant Silhouette’ taken in Venice and Szabolcs Simo (16-25 age category) of Hungary for ‘Christmas Tram’.
CBRE’s world revolves around architecture, commercial real estate and placemaking and people’s interaction with the built environment is of great interest and importance. The beauty of our competition is that it generates such a wealth of images; showing urban life from perspectives many of us have never even considered. Vieth’s image captures a perfect moment where someone is fully immersed in a detailed element of their work. It is a quiet moment of precision in a hectic urban setting.
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