The photographs will be exhibited at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore, and the overall winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner.
The images are divided into four categories: exteriors, interiors, sense of place and buildings in use.
Shortlisted entries include images of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Leadenhall Building, SANAA’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre in Australia by Cox Rayner Architects.
This year’s judges are Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga of Barcelonan practice Barozzi Veiga; curator Amy Croft; Katy Harris from Foster + Partners; Hufton + Crow photography; Ian Moore of Sydney-based Ian Moore Architects; Clifford Pearson from Architectural Record; and Christine Murray, editor of the Architectural Review.
Judges were asked to look beyond the architecture itself, and to consider the photographers’ composition, sense of place, atmosphere and use of scale.
Murray said: ‘Architectural photography should not be solely focused on the building, but give you a wider sense of the context. Like the photographs in old issues of National Geographic, I want to experience this place and its people. I want to feel like I’ve travelled.’
A selection of the shortlisted entries alongside the winning image will feature in an exhibition at Sto Werkstatt in London early next year.
EXTERIORS: Philharmonic Hall in Szczecin, Poland by Laurian Ghinitoiu. Architect is Estudio Barozzi &Veiga
EXTERIORS: Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Australia by Christopher Frederick Jones. Architect is Cox Rayner Architects
EXTERIORS: Universite Ibn Zohr de Laayoune, Morocco by Doublespace (Amanda Large&Younes Bounhar). Architect is Regroupement d’Architectes El Kabbaj
EXTERIORS: Bethel Secondary School in Gourcy, Burkina Faso, by Grant Smith. Architect is Article 25
EXTERIORS: Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, by Su Shengliang. Architect is Atelier Deshaus
INTERIORS: Living-Garden House in Katowice, Poland, by Inigo Bujedo Aguirre. Architect is KWK PROMES Robert Konieczny
INTERIORS: Tranfor in Torres Vedras, Portugal, by Fernando Guerra. Architect is Pedro Gadanho + CVDB
INTERIORS: Refugi dil fieu in Flims, Switzerland, by Mads Mogensen. Architect is AAM Architektin
INTERIORS:Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai by Su Shengliang. Architect is Atelier Deshaus
INTERIORS: The Leadenhall Building, London, by Mark Gorton. Architect is Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Sense of place
SENSE OF PLACE: JBR Beachside, residential buildings and public beach, Dubai, by Leva Saudargaite. Architect is Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG)
SENSE OF PLACE: Parque Natural do Fogo, Ilha do Fogo, Cabo Verde, by Fernando Guerra. Architect is OTO Arquitectos
SENSE OF PLACE: De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, by Ryan Koopmans. Architect is Rem Koolhaas OMA
SENSE OF PLACE: Bethel Secondary School, Gourcy, Burkina Faso by Grant Smith. Architect is Article 25
SENSE OF PLACE: Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla, Sri Lanka by Tom Roe. Architect is Geoffrey Bawa
Buildings in use
BUILDINGS IN USE: Yick Cheong Building, in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong by Tan Lingfrei. Architect is Public Housing Development
BUILDINGS IN USE: Nudgee College, Brisbane, Australia, by Christopher Frederick Jones. Architect is M3 Architecture
BUILDINGS IN USE: Parque Natural do Fogo, Cape Verde, by Fernando Guerra. Architect is OTO Arquitectos
BUILDINGS IN USE: EPFL Quartier Nord, Ecublens, Switzerland, by Fernando Guerra. Architect is Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés
BUILDINGS IN USE: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan by Jeremie Souteyrat. Architect is SANAA