The 2009 CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year Award

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The 2009 CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year Award is designed to capture the life of the built environment. Now in its second year, the competition sets a brief for photographers to explore life in towns and cities during any single hour of a 24 hour day.

The Urban Photographer of the Year will be the person who, in the eyes of the judges, has best captured the brief to portray the life of a town or city at a given point in time.

There will be 24 prizes, one awarded for each hour and three major winners and three major prizes – first place and two runners up.


  • The First Prize is a Photo Safari for Two to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (including accommodation and flights).
  • 2nd placeTrevor & Faye are 2 of the UK’s top Fine Art photographers and, uniquely, Trevor is the 4th generation of his family to run the business.
  • 3rd place: Lastolite have developed the Lumen8 range of studio flash to meet the demands of the most discerning photographer. The 400w lighting head incorporates a high level of specification.

You can choose to photograph any town or city at work within Europe, The Middle East or Africa. For example a photograph could capture London at work at 10am, Lisbon at 2am, Dubai at 9pm and so on. You can enter up to 24 separate photographs but only one for each hour.

Due to popular demand for more time, we have extended the closing date of the competition to Midnight on the 31st of January 2010. With over 3,500 images entered so far, we know the competition is hugely popular. This year is the first year that we have run in EMEA and due to this we were a little late starting – so now we can catch up by giving more time to enter. We have had entries from as far apart as Stockholm and Addis Ababa and from Tehran to Dublin. There is some lovely work being offered and in January we plan to give you a preview by putting some galleries on line to encourage you to enter!!  We remain extremely grateful to our Hourly Sponsors. They have put real incentives up for you to win and we are very proud to be associated with them. Keep taking the images


All images must be submitted should be 1024 x 768 @ 72dpi including any digital mounting/background. You can enter one image for every hour of the day – up to 24 images. Please note you will asked if you would like to enter more images after you have uploaded your first image.

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