180 countries, including Chile, were part of this renowned contest held by the real estate firm CBRE
The 2017 version of ‘Urban Photographer of the Year’ held a massive participation, with 80.000 photographs coming from 180 countries, including Chile. The contest has been organized worldwide by CBRF since 2007 and it shows the strong movement of urban zones through the lens of diverse people all over the world.
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The theme for this year was: Cities of Connections: People, Places, Perspectives and the winner was Richard Morgan, from the UK, with his image entitled ‘What are you looking at?’ Shot in the city of Poznan, Polony. The image shows a group of people, looking and taking pictures of a tourist attraction with a single man looking at the camera.
The prize on the Mobile Category was also awarded to a UK citizen, with the Mel Chennell’s image titled ‘Truly Connected?’ A piece composed of a scene in a London train station. The regional winners were: Alec Herrera from the US for the Americas, M Yousuf Tushar from Bangledesh for the Asia Pacific and E Ian Harper from the UK in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
Martin Samworth, Group President and Chief Executive Officer of CBRE in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) said: “The competition continues to grow in terms of influence and impact, with this year delivering a record number of entries and importantly, a tremendous amount of high-quality work.”
In recognition of all the images sent CBRE will donate £10,000 to the social partners of EMEA of CBRE charity, Children International. The program’s goal is to transform potentially dangerous places into places of inclusion, tolerance, and opportunities for everyone, especially girls.
“This contest is really interesting because it’s an opportunity to people all over the world to express, through photography, the way cities are interpreted picturing how these places are used and how people contribute to the identity of any urban zone,” Said Carolina Salinas, Sales Management Director of CBRE Chile.
The contest, which is already preparing for its 11° edition, it’s free and open to all public and welcomes amateurs and professionals alike.
While the participation of Chilean photographers has been in the rise in the last 3 editions, with a record of 379 images in 2017. This year we hope this figure is expected to rise and also the possibility that maybe Chile takes the prize this year.