CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year Competition

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 Calling all amateur and professional photographers alike! The CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition challenges you to capture what you consider to be the essence of urban life at any time of day, anywhere in the world. Our theme this year, ”Cities at Work’’, encourages you to portray the life of your chosen town or city. 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 time of day. Whilst the photograph does not necessarily have to be taken at that specific time of day, it does need to look as though it was.

You can choose to photograph any town or city at work worldwide. 

Theme: ‘Cities At Work’


  1. Travel/Transport
    Travel is a vital part of any urban landscape; the Travel/Transport category will house your pictures of modes of transport, journeys and movement.
  2. Workplace
    This category will showcase the very best of the competition’s images of people at, or places of, work.
  3. Architecture
    Architecture and the built environment is an integral part of urban society. Here we ask you to submit imaginative shots that capture the history, atmosphere and character of a city’s buildings
  4. Urban regeneration
    Urban regeneration is seen as essential to revitalising impoverished urban areas, developing communities and improving the infrastructure of society. We are seeking the most thought provoking images depicting how these projects are transforming our urban environment.
  5. Cityscape
    By day or night, many city’s have distinctive skyline’s. Can you capture the life and stature of an urban landscape in one photograph?
  6. Environment
    Integrating environmental thinking into urban development has resulted in much creativity as cities seek to breathe fresh air into the hustle and bustle of daily life. We’re looking for images that have demonstrated green thinking.


  • The overall global winner of the 2013 competition will be able to choose a luxury photo safari from a range of exotic locations sponsored by CBRE.
  • Prizes will also be awarded to two runners-up and for the 24 standout images representing each hour of the day.
  • Winning entries are also published in a premium hard back coffee table book.

All the winners will be notified in September 2013.

Image requirements: not smaller than 1MB and no larger than 4MB. Images should be in JPEG format. All images must be saved in the RGB colour model and be at a minimum of @300 dpi. (8 X 10)

Each individual may submit one image for each hour of the competition, (a total maximum of 24 images). Online submission of digital photographs via the website.


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