Areas of Outstanding Urban Beauty
There were more than 750 entries in our competition to find ‘Areas of Outstanding Urban Beauty’, in association with Dezeen and the Photographers’ Gallery. The winner is The Galleries car park by Christopher Hoare.
The entries presented a striking urban kaleidoscope from across the country, from Holbeck in Leeds to Weymouth harbour in Dorset. They were judged by the director of the Photographers’ Gallery, Brett Rogers, and Sarah Gaventa, a CABE Director. They felt that all the shortlisted photographs spoke to the strength of photography itself: good framing brings out the power in scenes and objects.
In awarding The Galleries by Christopher Hoare the first prize, they praised the powerful atmosphere of the picture: “You have that wonderful blast of colour from the ethereal Ferris wheel, contrasted with the cheap metal of the door panel and the surprise of the church tower. Just like urban beauty itself, this is about strong juxtapositions, and you can read it on many levels.”
The judges warmly commended the two runners up. Of Bradford by Martyn Sutcliffe, a picture of extraordinary depth and richness, they said: “Cobbles in the north of England are usually a cliché you can get in a blink. But not with this picture. You have to slow down and look hard, because of the placing of that cone.”
And they also loved London Aldgate by Jan Roth: “Of course we all look down at steps, because otherwise you trip up. But how often do you actually see them? This is a delightful picture which manages to capture the beauty of a functional product designed with thought. The angle and perspective bring a sense of movement. And that wonderful splash of blue.”
The photo competition was part of People and places, a project about involving people in shaping the look and feel of the places where they live.
More about the competition
More about People and Places
- People and places
- People and places: public attitudes to beauty
- People and places: seven essays on beauty
- Video of Beautiful Sheffield