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

This is officially the best architecture photo 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. 

And now the winner of the tenth edition of the Architectural Photography Awards has been announced! In a 23-photograph shortlist that was split into six categories (‘exterior’, ‘interior’, ‘sense of place’, ‘buildings in use’, ‘mobile’ and ‘portfolio’), one pic won out. The shot in question is the one above, which is called ‘Pocket Park in Shanghai, China’ and captures a bunch of dudes resting up in a park designed by Atelier Archmixing. Taken by Guo Zhe, we reckon it was a very worthy winner indeed. 

You can have a look at all the runners-up in this year’s APAs here but, in the meantime, here are a few of our favourites from the shortlist. 

‘NEST in Dali, China’ by Alex Chan

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

‘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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