The Best of Architectural Photography

Singapore at dawn

Sony World Photography Awards 2017

The Sony World Photography Awards has announced the winners of the architectural category of their 2017 Open Category awards. The competition received more than 105,000 entries across ten categories ranging from wildlife to street photography. At Cambyte, we present the winner and explore other inspiring photographers (runner-ups) who in our opinion, ought to be followed. Tim Cornbill, the winner, received a Sony a7s ii with kit lens to inspire him to continue competing and winning.

Winner: Tim Cornbill,

Winning Work:

“Oculus,” for his capture of a geometric concrete facade along the River Spree, Berlin.

Cornbill says “As an architect, I’m passionate about capturing buildings, and I’m always on the lookout for photogenic designs. I was really struck by the sheer scale of this façade and the visual impact of the circle, which I hope I’ve been able to convey in this everyday street scene, I am truly thrilled to have been recognized in the world’s largest photography competition and it will be amazing to see the photo exhibited in London.”


Image Description:

Having just arrived in Berlin on a bright summer’s day, my wife and I decided to take a morning walk along the River Spree. We soon came across a large concrete building, and I was immediately struck by its geometry and scale. Across the river, I positioned myself for a single point perspective and waited for the right moment to capture it. A couple came into the viewfinder and I noticed the cyclist out of the corner of my eye. I waited for them to move into the frame and hit the shutter to try and balance the composition.

Shortlisted Entries

Photographer: Barry Tweed-Rycroft,


Image Description:

While wandering around in downtown Phoenix, Arizona on the 27th January 2016 I captured this image in a pool of water (Puddle). It was early morning and the stillness and strong reflection of the classic building in the pool along with the warm sunlight caught my eye. The shot is handheld.

Photographer: Claudio Cantonetti,

Lights Arches

Image Description:

I’ve got this image of Square Coloseum building in Eur district in Rome just after sunset at end of March. A cold and windy evening with the lights of arches that brights in the night. The very difficult task has been to compose carefully and avoid the crowded traffic in the zone.

Photographer: Frank Machalowski,


Image Description:

This is a image from my long-term project ‘multiexpo.’ In this series I show analog multiple exposures of European cities’ sightseeing hotspots photographed from several positions on one frame. The buildings, structures and sculptures are taken from different perspectives, as well as the different visitors they look. The multiplication and intensification of positions and fields of view appears to distort the structures and reduce them to their core. They literally vibrate under the attempt to capture the time even in the pictures. This image was taken in London at the Olympic Park in October 2016.

Photographer: Franklin Neto,


Image Description:

“Dimensions” is the most intimate representation of the Fatima Sanctuary, inserted within the architectural body, frequented by missionaries, priests and nuns. It reveals to us the coming and going of the people inside temple, the movie of the lives of the faithful.

Photographer: Lester Koh Meng Hua

Singapore at dawn

Image Description:

The rustic charm of one of Singapore’s Oldest Public housing with very simple geometric design of squares and circles somehow intrigued me. On my first visit during the day, I took a few shots but was not satisfied. I decided to check out what it would look like at dawn and discovered that the mixed warm and cold corridor lighting added more appeal to the image. My next thought was how to show that this scene was taken in Singapore. So on 14th August 2016, during Singapore’s 51st National Day celebration month, I proceeded to the location at dawn and saw Singapore flags proudly displayed by the residents in front of their apartment. This was the scene I had envisioned and happily clicked away.

Photographer: Nick Frank,

Skeet hall

Image Description:

Largest skeet hall all over Europe

Photographer: Oscar Lopez,


Image Description:

There is more to see in a building than one can see with the naked eye: stories being played in the inside while the world continues turning around in the outside. This image shows the office building called Dockland in Hamburg, Germany and was taken in summer of 2016.

Photographer: Robert Walker,

The view

Image Description:

View from Switch House at Tate Modern towards the Shard

Photographer: Ute Scherhag,


Image Description:

This image was taken at the 31.5.2016. It shows the facade with entrance of the winery “Ysios”. Bodegas Ysios is a Spanish wine cellar in Laguardia in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. The cellar building was designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. The building is designed to integrate into the hilly landscape of the Sierra de Cantabria.

All the works of these inspirational photographers tell us that there is a lot to be learned about perspectives not just from an architectural viewpoint but also in the way a camera can view it.
To see the works of all categories please visit here.