CBRE Urban Photography Contest Now On

Last Train by Chris Jongkind, a 2014 CBRE photography winner.  Courtesy of CBRE.

Last Train by Chris Jongkind, a 2014 CBRE photography winner. Courtesy of CBRE.

There are almost as many photographers in Chicago as there are sights to photograph.  So if you’re a shutterbug at heart, here’s a chance to prove your stuff.

Global real estate giant CBRE is now accepting entries for this year’s urban photography contest. Of course, choosing a favorite photograph is like choosing a favorite child.  The good news is that you can enter up to 24 different photos.

Chicago was not represented among the 2014 winners (viewable here), so get out there and start snapping so that the Windy City can be represented this year.


CBRE today launched its global Urban Photographer of the Year competition with the theme, “Cities at Work”. Now in its ninth year, the competition continues to attract photographers from around the world. This year the contest challenges photographers to capture what urban means to them in an ever changing global landscape.

The competition is free to enter and open to both professional and amateur photographers. A unique element to the competition allows each entrant to submit up to 24 images; one to represent each hour of the day. The overall global winner of the competition will be able to choose a luxury photo safari from a range of exotic locations sponsored by CBRE. Prizes will also be awarded to regional winners in Europe, Asia and the Americas and for the 24 standout images representing each hour of the day.

Over the past eight years the competition has built up a unique and unrivalled insight into urban life. Previous winners have captured life in the souks of Marrakech, early morning commutes in Hong Kong and a jeweler lost in her work in Düsseldorf.

Paul Suchman, CBRE’s Global Chief Marketing Officer, adds “The creativity this initiative fuels inside CBRE is simply outstanding.  The Urban Photographer of the Year initiative also provides a unique opportunity to extend the reach and relevance of our brand to more consumers outside the commercial real estate space.”

Global children’s development charity Plan International, CBRE’s EMEA charity partner will be involved in the competition for the second year. The competition’s young person’s category (aged 11-15) will again be judged by Plan’s Youth Advisory Panel. For every entry in the Urban Photographer of the Year competition CBRE will make a donation to Plan International.

Author: Editor

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