REVEALED: Terrence Zhang wins this year's Architectural Photography Awards
Terrence Zhang from China has been announced as the winner of the Architectural Photography Awards 2017 sponsored by Sto, with his photo of the Swimming Pool, New Campus of Tianjin University, China by Atelier Li Xinggang. The Award was accepted on behalf of Terrence by Yintong Betser, CEO of Image+Space and Ulrike Stotmeister, ambassador of the Stotmeister family, during the Gala dinner at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin on Friday 17th November.
Terrence has won $3000 and will be exhibited, with all of the finalists, at Image+Space in Beijing from 11th November 2017 and at Sto Werkstatt, the cultural headquarters of the Sto Group in London from 9th February 2018.
Building Images, an annual exhibition celebrating the finest architectural photography worldwide, will open its doors for the fifth time at Sto Werkstatt in London’s Clerkenwell. The exhibition has become a well-established architectural event, showcasing the importance of photography in the way we experience and connect with spaces.
Amy Croft, one of the principal judges of the Architectural Photography Awards 2017 and curator at Sto Werkstatt said: “I have had the honour to judge this prize and curate the resulting ‘Building Images’ exhibition for the last five years, and in that time we have seen the scope of the prize grow year-on-year. 2017’s entries are remarkable in their global reach: from Burning Man in the Nevada desert to a housing estate in Beijing, from an art museum in Denmark to a chapel in Cape Town. This truly global view the prize offers us, stands as a reminder of the skill of architectural photography to communicate not only the image of buildings, but evoking their atmosphere, usage and social/cultural contexts. ”
After 2 rounds of judging, the thousands of entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 20 images and the overall winner was voted for by visitors to WAF.
Winner Terrence Zhang said: “Truly, I am so excited. I am a professional architecture photographer from China and I have been interested in the Architectural Photography Awards for years, but never thought I’d win the competition especially as it was my first time entering the Awards. Thanks to the Architectural Photography Awards, WAF, Sto and Image+Space. Thank you all for being lovers of China’s architecture and architecture photographers.
The winning photograph, the swimming pool, was a big challenge. It was in winter 2016 when I travelled to Tianjin University to photograph the gymnasium. The outdoor temperature was at least zero degrees, indoor was warm and over 20 degrees. The temperature difference between outdoor and indoor covered my camera in water vapour and I was worried that it had ruined my camera, but just over half an hour later, the camera was working again, which was lucky because with over 90% humidity in the room, the fantastic volume of light revealed itself.
I had shot many photos around the swimming pool and found the optimum spot to shoot from in order see the light spraying through the windows. It was a magic moment - one that I had never felt or seen in my career. I stayed in the spot, waited until all students left, then captured the scene in my camera - and in my heart, too.
I chose to enter this photo for the Awards, although there were many other pictures that I could have entered, because I might never again see such lights as I did that day. Light like that - like lights in fairy tales or as depicted in the Bible - can make people feel so peaceful and focused. I believe that this photo is an architecture photo beyond architecture. I only wish others could have been there and experienced it too. Hopefully my photo conjures up the very same feelings I felt when capturing it.”
The runners-up are Adam Letch’s photo of a chapel built on Bosjes farm in Ceres, Cape Town by Steyn Studio, which came top in the Exterior category; Terrence Zhang’s photo of the Gymnasium of the New Campus of Tianjin University, China by Atelier Li Xinggang, which came top in the Buildings In Use category, and Tom Roe's Messner Mountain Museum Corones, Bolzano, South Tyrol in Italy by Zaha Hadid Architects, which came top in the Sense of Place category.