CitiesToBe Photo Award

 

 

 

 

CitiesToBe Photo Award: a photography contest for images that portrait cities and their complexity

 

The CitiesToBe Statement

Urbanization is a global phenomenon. Throughout the 20th century and especially in the last six decades, the world’s population has been progressively concentrated in urban centres. According to United Nations forecasts, in 40 years the world urban population will double, from 3,400 million in 2009 to 6,400 in 2050. This phenomenon takes even more importance in developing countries. Especially in Latin America, where there are large migrations from rural to urban areas and it is expected that, in the same year, almost 80% of the population of the continent will live in cities. In short, cities have acquired a fundamental role in contemporary global reality and concentrate a huge social, political and economic burden.

Urbanization is a phenomenon of great importance and it generates benefits of many types – cultural diversity, creativity, innovation, networking, new business opportunities, inspiration, collaboration. However, it also brings along some of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. In a context of globalization, current cities face major challenges at all levels – environmental, social and economic sustainability, energy efficiency, climate change, cultural conflicts, migrations, differences, inequality, infrastructure obsolescence or occupation and wealth. Cities are, therefore, complex ecosystems that concentrate multiplicity of layers. Their compounded nature and their powerful aesthetics make so many of us passionate about them.

This is what moves us at CitiesToBe, and that is why we have decided to launch the 1st edition of the CitiesToBe Photo Award: a contest for images that portrait cities and any aspect from the complex ecosystems they entail.

The call of the CitiesToBe Photo Award was closed on February 16th.

 

Thank you very much to the 533 participants from more than 50 countries that submitted their artwork to the CitiesToBe Photo Award!

 

After a first round of evaluation, the Jury has determined a shortlist of 50 finalists:

 

 

Name

Surname

Artwork Title

Nationality

1

Sameer

Al-Doumy

City of Ghosts

Syria

2

Antonio Emanuele

Alterio

Commuters X

UK

3

Manuel

Alvarez Diestro

New Town in Pardis, Iran

Spain

4

Guillermo

Astiaso Llamazares

The problem is borders

Spain

5

Alexandr

Bormotin

Metrostation, Moscow

Russia

6

Mpumelelo

Buthelezi

E’Plazini: The Home for Waste Collectors

South Africa

7

Sandipani

Chattopadhyay

Dhaka Street on a Friday

Bangladesh

8

Farnaz

Damnabi

Dungeon

Iran

9

Roman

Demyanenko

Vorkuta

Russia

10

Manolo

Espaliú

Welcome to Paradise

Spain

11

Ben

Etienne

Montreal Climate Strike 2019

Haiti

12

Inés

García Ruiz

Plastic city

Spain

13

Enrico

Gatti

what remains

Italy

14

David Eliud

Gil Samaniego Maldonado

Polluted New Year

Mexico

15

Juan Manuel

Gomez Sandoval

Grito y represión

Colombia

16

Ralph

Gräf

A Rest With Ernest

Germany

17

Ihar

Hancharuk

A local cemetery shot from above

Belarus

18

Liz Hingley

Hingley

Fang Sheng gathering, Shanghai Ferry Port, 2015

UK

19

Muhammad Amdad

Hossain

Fatigue Sleep

Bangladesh

20

Pablo

Izaguerri

Conflicts of others

Spain

21

Olesia

Kim

Hong Kong, 2019

Russia

22

Kevin

Krautgartner

Connecting Berlin

Germany

23

Willem

Kuijpers

Malecon Sounds

Netherlands

24

Diego

López Calvín

The Wall in Palestine

Spain

25

Jorge

López Muñoz

El Clot Block

Spain

26

Adrián

Markis

Surreal city in Buenos Aires

Argentina

27

Debarshi

Mukherjee

Destructive Downpour

India

28

Ana

Nance

The Rising Of A New Satellite, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

USA

29

Natalia

Oreshina

Skyscraper

Russia

30

Jordi Jon

Pardo Acebedo

Door to Aridity

Spain

31

Ben

Parker

Industrial landscapes of Ludwigshafen

Bolivia/UK

32

Olya

Pegova

Kunststück

Russia

33

Camilo José

Peña  Pérez

The Big Day

Spain

34

Christof

Pluemacher

Urban Jungle – Fritz Jaeneke & Sten Samuelson

Germany

35

Cetywa

Powell

183 Freeway in Austin Texas

USA

36

Md Tanveer Hassan

Rohan

Massive Crowd At Rail Station During Eid Vacation

Bangladesh

37

Reza

Rohani

When the wind was blown

Iran

38

Azim Khan

Ronnie

World’s biggest refugee camp

Bangladesh

39

Sujit

Saha

Friendship

India

40

Sanghamitra

Sarkar

Rag picker in the dumping ground

India

41

Mariano

Sayno

Below the city of dreams

Philippines

42

Shridarshan

Shukla

Cotton Candy Seller

India

43

Suvro Paul

Suvro

Train Journey

Bangladesh

44

Mouneb Taim

Taim

War Notes

Syria

45

Dana

Taylor

Sleeping Rough – Fast Asleep & Furious

Israel/UK

46

Marlon

Villaverde

Shenzhen

Philippines

47

Elizabeth

Vinck Monroy

Seascapes. Variation 15

Mexico

48

Giovanna

Wilson Morello

Burn-out (Consumido)

Chile

49

Alessandro

Zanoni

Wuhan Boulevard

Italy

50

Edo

Zollo

London After Dark

UK

 

What is next?

 

  1. The Jury will soon meet to make the final selection of the winning photograph and the 25 honorary mentions.

  2. The Final Decision will be announced on 4th March, 2020 to all the contestants via email, our blog CitiesToBe and our social network channels.

 

The Jury

 

The jury of the CitiesToBe Photo Award is composed by:

· Roger Grasas, photographer and visual artist

· Pilar Conesa · anteverti CEO & founder 

· Ana Alcantud · Consulting Director of anteverti 

· Cristina Garrido · Director of Innovation & Strategic Development of anteverti & Co-Director of citiestobe.com

· Sergio García i Rodríguez · Strategic Communication Coordinator of anteveri & Co-Director of citiestobe.com

The jury will evaluate both the technical elements of the submitted photographic images and the way in which these document, capture and display the reality of life in cities, as well as the dynamics of urban ecosystems.

 

The Prizes

 

· One first acquisitive prize for the amount of 1,500 euros to the winning photograph

· 10 honorary mentions to the finalist images of the CitiesToBe Photo Award

· The winning image and the 10 honorary mentions will be featured in the CitiesToBe Photo Award 2019 ebook, to be digitally –and freely– disseminated to highlight and promote the work of the rewarded authors

 

 

 

Legal bases

 

· Check out the legal bases of the CitiesToBe Photo Award here.