Written by The Sunday Review by Jacqui Palaumbo

These are the top architectural photos of the year, which highlight the beauty and simplicity of geometric shapes, abstract silhouettes, and industrial textures from all over the globe.

Organisers of the Architectural Photography Awards 2022 announced More than 20 finalists were selected in categories that include interiors, exteriors, and buildings in use. All entries from the shortlist will be displayed at Lisbon’s World Architecture Festival.

These photographs include an atmospheric scene in Open Architecture’s meditative chapel of Sound in China’s Hebei Province; an artistic high contrast image of a Tokyo glass floor; and a fog view of a moss-covered animal shed close to Bruges, Belgium.
According to a press release, 64 photographers participated in this year’s competition. This is an increase from the 42 who entered last year. Vicky Richardson (head of architecture at Royal Academy of Art) and Patrik Schmacher (principal of Zaha Hadid’s firm) were the judges.

The entries were evaluated “composition, use of scale and the photographers’ sensitivity to atmosphere,” According to the press release.

Paul Finch (program director for the World Architecture Festival) stated in a statement, “now that ‘everyone’s a photographer,’ the importance of good architectural photography has increased.” In its tenth year, the award is an “annual reminder of how architectural photography can enhance our understanding of design, rather than merely recording what is there,” He concluded.

Liu Xinghao won the overall award last year for his photo of holiday-loving people against the backdrop Safdie Architects Raffles City complex, Chongqing. The category winners were a photo of the Getty Los Angles’ gardens and scenes from Jiaxing Train Station, China’s Zhejiang region.

The winners of the competition this year will be announced The World Architecture Festival will be held in December.

Scroll down to view photos of 2022’s shortlist.