You can now see the finalists and top three winning images in our recent architecture photography competition at The Bridge Lounge in Tooley Street, London SE1. Please check their website for opening hours. The exhibition will be in display for three months.
Welcome to our new free monthly photography competitions! Each month we will run a themed photography competition and the winning image will be voted for by the public.
The themes for the year are:-
April (voting March) – Reflections
May (voting April) – Black and White
June (voting May) – Water
July (voting June) – Architecture
August (voting July) – Landscape
September (voting August) – Macro
October (voting September) – Sunrise/sets
November (voting October) – Cities
December (voting November) – Weather
What does the winning photographer get? Fame and glory for a start! You will also be the Featured Photographer in our monthly newsletter (the month that follows the competition) and be included on our London Photo Gallery website where you will be given the opportunity to sell your image. Finalists will also receive recognition in our online gallery display and on all our social media channels via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog etc.
20th of each month.
I am a Berlin-based photographer. From 2008 – 2011 I had the privilege to join the Masterclass of renown Professor Arno Fischer and in November 2012 my book ‘GEISTERSTADT’ (Ghost Town) was published by Edition Braus /Aufbau Verlag Berlin, which received a nomination of the German ‘Fotobruchpreis’ 2014.
In 2012/2013 I had the opportunity to photograph in the former Headquarters of the American Forces in Berlin Clayallee.
FINAL WALK HEADQUARTERS OF THE AMERICAN FORCES IN BERLIN 1945-1994
The headquarters of the American Forces in Berlin was one of the most important centres of the Cold War. Here, the most important decisions were made, Presidents were welcomed and negotiations with Diplomats took place – and the Luftbrücke was commanded. After nearly fifty years of residency, the USA handed the headquarters back to the Germans when the troups left Berlin in 1994. The main parts of the area have been lying idle since 1994. In 2011 the area was sold to an investor and transformed into luxury flats. Nearly nothing reminds of the presence of the Americans in Berlin.
I entered the competition because I think the London Photo Festival is the place to be right now and I am so very happy being 1st Runner Up of the architectural competition. Thanks to you all and especially to Johnny Kerr – I very much appreciate his comment on my work.
The High and The Mighty
This photo of St Paul’s Cathedral and The Millennium Bridge was taken the day after the super moon, the large full moon had made the tide higher than I’d ever seen it before. There was some beautiful light from the low winter sun lighting up the Cathedrals dome and making the high water shimmer. It’s a popular subject for most photographers due to having two very iconic London structures so close to each other. Sir Christopher Wren’s 17th century English Baroque architecture still dominates the London skyline while the modern Millennium Bridge adds some sleek metallic lines reaching across the river.
Let’s Go Round Again
Contrasting shapes and tones is what caught my attention to take this photo. The bright curves and the dark straight edges surrounding it, both brought together with the reflection in the window. Modern interior architecture at its best.
Tony is a self-taught photographer shooting with Nikon cameras. He is passionate about fine art, long exposure images and, based in London, The City is where he finds most of his inspiration. The theme architecture for London Photo Festivals competition was ideal for his style of photography. Being a previous competition runner up in London Photo Festival competitions, it’s a great achievement to once again have images selected in the top three.
I’m Frank Machalowski, born in Berlin and live and work in Leipzig today. After studying Economics in Berlin and applying myself to various trades I work as a freelance photographer and artist since 2011. I first got into photography as a hobby and at the beginning I was mainly into digital photography, but then I started shifting back to film as I found the charming characteristics and atmosphere of film photography to be more fascinating. Today i even develop and print the most of my photos by my own. My major area of interest is the city and its immediate surroundings.
About the image ‘Hanover’:
This photograph is a part of my ongoing series ‘multiexpo’. For this series I photograph landmarks and architecturally interesting buildings as multiple exposures. It launched 2012 in Berlin, my hometown for 40 years, but then I extended this kind of photography to other German and European cities. For this series I use exclusive analogue film material in both dimensions (35mm and 6×6) and only b&w. The building on the picture is the administration building of a major German bank in the inner city of Hanover.
This is the third time that i submitted a photograph to a LPF competition. I love the city of London and I love photography. I travelled last October to London and take some pictures for my series there. A beautiful place for architecture photographing. I think London is becoming more and more important a place for the international photography scene.
You can see more of Frank’s work here.
“Congratulations to the London Photo Festival Architecture Competition winners! There were many exceptional photographers deserving of recognition for their fine work and it was a difficult task to narrow it down to just a few. Kudos to everyone who submitted work; it takes courage and boldness to put yourself out there and I hope that you’ll all continue to do so in the future. Thank you to the London Photo Festival for a great experience. It was an honour and privilege to collaborate with you.”
Thank you for being our judge, Johnny – it was a pleasure to work with you too!
A big thank you to our judge, Johnny Kerr, for selecting the winners, honourable mentions and the top images for exhibition in our first architecture competition of the year. We had over 250 entries from around the world and it’s always great to see familiar names along with new artists! We’ll announce the exhibition dates in due course.
And the winners are!!
“Hannover” / Frank Machalowski
“Hannover” is a refreshing photographic vision of architecture. The structure, abstracted and stripped to its most raw essence of form, vibrates with energy. The converging lines that result from changes in lens parallax across multiple exposures pull the viewer into the image and add a pleasant textural quality. At first glance it appears chaotic, but when visually processed it is full of beautiful, intricate subtlety.
“Headquarter of the American Forces Berlin 1945 – 1994” (Series) / Sabine Von Breunig
This series is expertly composed and captures a strong sense of place. The visual weight in each scene is well balanced, disregarding tired composition “rules” in favor of a more complex understanding of the relationships between scenic elements. Each interior reveals nuanced details that contribute to the narrative, with nothing extraneous. The subtle colour palettes are well seen and never overstated.
“Let’s Go Round Again” and “The High And The Mighty” / Tony Sellen
“Let’s Go Round Again” is a well-visualized architectural detail. The three-dimensional elements are seemingly compressed into a two-dimensional, graphic study of shape and light. The juxtaposition of the round, almost organic shapes on the top two thirds of the composition against the rigid, geometric shapes on the bottom third is a great contrast. This contrast is further enhanced by the tonal range represented in each section: the light tones in the concentric circles surrounded by a dark square on the top two thirds vs. the dark trapezoid surrounded by lighter tones on the bottom third.
“The High and the Mighty” presents interesting proportions, an engaging contrast between modern and classical architectural details, and a rich tonal range.