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Open House photography contest winners revealed

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A view of one of London’s high-rise landmarks taken from another is among the successful entries in this year’s photography competition

Judges selected six photographs from more than 750 images in the 2014 Open House photo competition – held in association with the AJ and The Photographers’ Gallery – on this year’s theme ‘revealing’.

The competition was judged by AJ art editor Brad Yendle, Photographers’ Gallery director Brett Rogers, architectural photographers Dennis Gilbert and Grant Smith, and Nic Roome of sponsor Airbnb. The panel was chaired by Victoria Thornton, the founder of Open House London.

Italian Valentina Aru won in the amateur category with her mysterious shot of RSHP’s Leadenhall Building taken from the Gherkin. According to the jury, it ‘dissects the building, revealing its structure in a very atmospheric way’. 

Martin Turner, a Londoner based in Bristol, won in the professional category with a detail shot of Gary Webb’s artwork Approach Split in the atrium of Farrells’ 20 Triton Street. The judges commented that ‘the fractured structure of this image creates a unique and unexpected viewing experience of the building’.

Winner and runners up: amateur category

1st – Valentina Aru

Valentina Aru

Leadenhall ‘I’m in love with the art of photography; I try to give a soul to all my photographs. This is a view of the Leadenhall Building from the Gherkin on an unusually foggy day. In front of me was the astonishing skyline of the city of London and the geometry of the beams, plus I was seeing other people having exactly the same experience as me, just next door’

2nd – Gytaute Akstinaite

Pimlico District Heating by Gytaute Akstinaite

Pimlico District Heating ‘This photo is a 40m high section – I instantly knew I must capture this’

3rd – Giovanni Bellinvia

The Laban Dance Centre by Giovanni Bellinvia

Laban Dance Centre ‘During the tour with her parents a little girl started dancing naturally’

Winner and runners up: professional category

1st – Martin Turner

Martin Turner

20 Triton Street ‘I have been taking photos for the past eight years and am self-taught. Buildings have always fascinated me, there is something about them that makes sense to me, and patterns and geometric shapes also grab my eye. Being able to challenge a building’s form and create something visually striking, especially from the mundane, gives me great pleasure’

2nd – Laura Caiels

Potters Fields by Laura Caiels

Potter’s Field  ‘I framed my shot to include these buildings as I wanted it to be instantly recognisable’

3rd – Michael Mulcahy

Balfron Tower by Michael Mulcahy

Balfron Tower ‘I grew up no more then 400m from where this shot was taken. This really is my community’


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