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‘Yuyuan Garden Station in Shanghai, China’ by Zhang Xiuning
Photograph: Architectural Photography Awards / Zhang Xiuning

These are the best architecture photos of the year

From hypnotic airports to mind-melting cityscapes, these are 2022’s best architecture shots

Ed Cunningham
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Ed Cunningham
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As the name suggests, the Architectural Photography Awards are all about celebrating the most mesmerising, mind-melting shots of buildings around the world. Taking photographs of buildings is an art in itself – and the APAs are all about recognising that. 

2022 makes the tenth edition of the Architectural Photography Awards and, as usual, the shortlist is split into six categories: ‘exterior’, ‘interior’, ‘sense of place’, ‘buildings in use’, ‘mobile’ and ‘portfolio’.

Twenty three images in total made this year’s shortlist, which is on display at the World Architecture Festival in Lisbon until December 2 (find out more about that here). The winners are set to be announced in December but, in the meantime, here are a few of our favourite shortlisted shots.

‘NEST in Dali, China’ by Alex Chan

‘NEST in Dali, China’ by Alex Chan
Photograph: Architectural Photography Awards / Alex Chan

‘Pocket Park in Shanghai, China’ by Guo Zhe

‘Pocket Park in Shanghai, China’ by Guo Zhe
Photograph: Architectural Photography Awards / Guo Zhe

‘Chapel of Sound in Chengde, China’ by Kangyu Hu

‘Chapel of Sound in Chengde, China’ by Kangyu Hu
Photograph: Architectural Photography Awards / Kangyu Hu

‘Guiyan Temple in Modern City in Wuhan, China’ by Jerry Yu

‘Guiyan Temple in Modern City in Wuhan, China’ by Jerry Yu
Photograph: Architectural Photography Awards / Jerry Yu

‘The Labyrinth in Bang Saen beach, Thailand’ by Jiang Zhenyu

‘The Labyrinth in Bang Saen beach, Thailand’ by Jiang Zhenyu
Photograph: Architectural Photography Awards / Jiang Zhenyu

‘Shapes of Soul in Milan, Italy’ by Marco Tagliarino

‘Shapes of Soul in Milan, Italy’ by Marco Tagliarino
Photograph: Architectural Photography Awards / Marco Tagliarino

 ‘Cycling under the circles in Berlin, Germany’ by Marco Tagliarino

‘Cycling under the circles in Berlin, Germany’ by Marco Tagliarino
Photograph: Architectural Photography Awards / Marco Tagliarino

 ‘Architecture 1’ by Stephanie Navailles

‘Architecture 1’ by Stephanie Navailles
Photograph: Architectural Photography Awards / Stephanie Navailles

 ‘High Density City in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong’ by William Shum

‘High Density City in Quarry Bay, Hong Kong’ by William Shum
Photograph: Architectural Photography Awards / William Shum

‘Yuyuan Garden Station in Shanghai, China’ by Zhang Xiuning

‘Yuyuan Garden Station in Shanghai, China’ by Zhang Xiuning
Photograph: Architectural Photography Awards / Zhang Xiuning

Did you see these spellbinding shots, which triumphed at the Ocean Photographer of the Year Awards 2022?

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