Romanian Laurian Ghinitoiu wins BIG in 3 categories of The Architectural Photography Awards 2019

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Laurian Ghinitoiu from Romania with his photograph of The Twist Museum, Kistefos Sculpture Park, Jevnaker, Norway by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), is the overall winner of The Architectural Photography Awards 2019, which is sponsored by Sto and supported by the World Architecture Festival (WAF).

Laurian’s image, which he entered into the Exterior category winning him a prize of $3000, was announced as the overall winner at the WAF Gala Ceremony and Dinner in Amsterdam on Friday 6th December.

Laurian Ghinitoiu’s second win is in the Portfolio category, which this year’s theme was Social Housing, with his photos of the GHI transformation project – part of the Cité du Grand Parc in Bordeaux, France by Lacaton & Vassal, Druot, Hutin, winning him a prize of $1000.

“I’m humbled to be selected as the winner in three categories of The Architectural Photography Awards 2019. These awards confirm my belief that if one devotes their focus and hard work to passion, it can lead to great, acknowledged results. The feeling that I’m appreciated for my work is definitely giving me energy and will to keep doing what I do, and I hope my example will inspire others to follow their dreams just like the work of other professionals inspired me before. When shooting The Twist, designed by BIG, it was challenging to combine in one single frame the main particularities of the project: its sculptural shape, the structure that expands over the river, as a bridge, and at the same time to imply that ‘the object’ is actually a functional building. The context, the design and its scale, the poetry of the sinuous lines that are melting with the surroundings in a surreal atmosphere, are the elements that are making the captured image to be abstract but descriptive at the same time,” said Laurian.

The Mobile category, with the theme of Shelter, has 2 winners who each win a prize of $250. Tzu Chin Yu from Taiwan with a photograph of the Bathing Pavilion Tossols-Basil, Olot, Spain by RCR Arquitectes, shot on a Samsung SM-G973F, was voted for by visitors to WAF.  He Zhenhuan from China with his photograph of Chongqing Railway Station in China, which was shot on an iPhone X, wins the public vote. Public votes were cast via The Architectural Photography Awards 2019 competition website.

Laurian Ghinitoiu’s third win comes with winning the Buildings in Use category with his photo of Skanderbeg Square, Tirana, Albania by 51N4E.  Inge Schuster from Denmark, with her photograph of the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon, Portugal by Amanda Levete, is the Sense of Place category winner, and He Zhenhuan wins again with his photograph of BingDing Wood Kiln Factory in Qiancheng village, China by AZL Architects, as the Interior category winner. Each category winner will receive a certificate of commendation.

The winning images, with the exception of one of the Mobile category winners, were voted for by visitors to WAF where the shortlist of 24 photos from the 6 categories – Exterior, Interior, Sense of Place and Buildings in Use, Portfolio and Mobile – were exhibited.

Nearly 2000 entries from 42 countries – 29% were from the UK, 11% from the USA, 9% from China and 5% from Germany – were edited down to a shortlist of 24 entries by a panel of judges, consisting of leading architecture and photography professionals. During the judging process, all entries were anonymous until the shortlist was revealed.

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