Public asked to choose between 16 shortlisted entries spanning the globe

Voting has opened in the CIOB’s annual Art of Building contest to crown the best photograph of the built environment.

Shortlisted entries for 2016 span the globe, taking in a part-demolished Buddhist settlement in Tibet to a spectacularly colourful Moorish temple in Italy, via a distorted photo of London’s Gherkin tower.

Saul Townsend, CIOB spokesperson, said: “There is a cornucopia of styles and stories in this year’s final.

“In a world full of high definition colour technology black and white photography still inspires a host of photographers.

“Voters are in for a visual treat and we hope will be inspired to look at the built environment in a new way and to take part themselves next year. Congratulations to all the finalists. “

The photograph with the most votes will earn the title of ‘Art of Building Photographer of the Year’ and a cash prize of £3,500.

Voting closes on 23 January 2017 and a winner will be announced on 7 February. To vote for your favourite, visit