Global Urban Photography Competition reveals 2015 winners

Oscar Rialubin from the Philippines has been named as the winner of the CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition with his image ‘Xyclops’. The photograph shows a watch repairman at work in Doha, Qatar. Accepting entries from across the globe the competition provides unprecedented insights into urban life. This year was the competition’s largest attracting over 21,000 entries from 113 countries.

The annual competition, which started in 2006, is run by CBRE, the world’s leading commercial real estate services and investment firm. Amateur and professional photographers are challenged to capture the essence of the urban environment through the brief of ‘Cities at Work’. This year, entrants provided a unique insight in to urban life through a range of images including window cleaners scaling great heights, crammed commuters at Japan’s busiest station and a vibrant New York intersection, taken from a Manhattan skyscraper.

The top prize is a luxury trip to a destination of the winner’s choice. Regional prizes are also awarded. The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) prize was awarded to Armen Dolukhanyan for his ‘Couple Policemen’ depicting a young couple, both in the police force, taking a break in Ukraine. The Asia Pacific prize went to Peter Graney for his ‘Poultry Prepared for Market’, a striking image of food being prepared for market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Christopher Martin was the winner of the Americas prize for the image ‘Winter Work’ of a plane being de-iced at Calgary International Airport, Canada.

For the first time, the 2015 competition included a mobile category. Technology’s continual advancement has meant that photographs taken on a mobile device, particularly those snapped in the moment, are as serious contenders as the ones taken by more traditional means. The winner, Cocu Liu, from China captured a fantastic image of the Chicago Board of Trading Building in ‘Blizzard Days’.

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Winning Images Urban Photographer of the Year 2015