Designing a building or other structural facility is an art form on its own, but photographers are able to share the beauty of architecture with their keen eye for shapes, colors, and unique perspectives. That's why architectural photos are so celebrated by Arcaid Images and awarded through their annual competition. The contest judges a photographer's ability to not only capture subjects from our built world, but to also "look beyond the architecture to the composition, light, scale, atmosphere, sense of place and understanding of the project" 

This year's Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards has just announced its winners at the World Architecture Festival, presenting the grand prize to Hufton + Crow. [13 photos total]

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Overall Winner. ​Photographers: Hufton + Crow Category: Interiors Building: Heydar Aliyev Center Location: Baku, Azerbaijan Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects #
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Runner-up. Photographer: Victor Romeo Category: Exteriors Building: Cayan Tower Location: Dubai, UAE Architects: SOM #
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Runner-up. Photographer: Joao Morgado Category: Sense of Place Building: Outdoor Swimming Pool Location: Leca de Palmeira, Portugal Architect: Alvaro Siza Vieira #
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Runner-up. Photographer: Inigo Bujedo Aguirre Category: Buildings in Use Building: Encants Flea Market Location: Barcelona, Spain Architect: B720 Arquitectura #
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Runner-up. Runner-up Photographers: Hufton + Crow Category: Exteriors Building: Heydar Aliyev Center Location: Baku, Azerbaijan Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects #
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Runner-up. Photographers: Hufton + Crow Category: Buildings in Use Building: Heydar Aliyev Center Location: Baku, Azerbaijan Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects #
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Runner-up. Photographer: Sonia Mangiapane Category: Buildings in Use Building: Vrijloopstal Hartman Location: Heibloem, Netherlands Architect: Architectenbureau K2 #
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Shortlisted. Photographer: Duccio Malagamba Category: Buildings in Use Building: Rijksmuseum Renovation Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands Architect: Cruz&Ortiz Arquitectos #
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Shortlisted. Photographer: James Leynse Category: Buildings in Use Building: Havas Worldwide Offices Location: New York, USA Architect: TPG Architecture #
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Shortlisted. Photographer: Pawel Paniczko Category: Sense of Place Building: Bjerget (Mountain Dwellings) Location: Copenhagen, Denmark Architect: Bjarke Ingels and JDS Architects #
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Shortlisted. Photographer: Brad Feinknopf Category: Sense of Place Building: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park Location: Galloway, USA Architect: Design Group #
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Shortlisted. Photographer: Inigo Bujedo Aguirre Category: Sense of Place Building: Small House Location: Seoul, Korea Architect: AnL Studio #
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Shortlisted. Photographer: Tim Van de Velde Category: Exteriors Building: Electricity Transformation Station Location: Antwerp, Belgium #

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