Arcaid Images' shortlist for architecture photograph of the year
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Arcaid Images unveils shortlist for architecture photograph of the year

World Architecture Festival 2015: skyscrapers flanking a Dubai beach, a foliage-covered hotel in a Sri Lankan jungle and an island building recently destroyed by a volcano all feature on a shortlist for architectural photograph of the year (+ slideshow).

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Sense of Place: Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka, by Geoffrey Bawa, photographed by Tom Roe

There are 20 photographs competing in the Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards 2015, which are listed in four categories: exterior, interior, sense of place, and buildings in use.

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Sense of Place: Parque Natural do Fogo, Cabo Verde, by OTO Arquitectos, photographed by Fernando Guerra

Portuguese photographer Fernando Guerra features predominantly on the shortlist, with four images. These include two shots of the headquarters and cultural venue for the Parque Natural do Fogo, which was destroyed by a volcano just seven months after completion, as well as images of a mixed-use building in Switzerland and a house in Portugal.

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Interiors: Long Museum West Bund, China, by Atelier Deshaus, photographed by Su Shengliang

Beijing photographer Su Shengliang has two of her shots of Atelier Deshaus' Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai in the running. Australian photographers Grant Smith and Christopher Frederick Jones are also both shortlisted twice.

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Exteriors: Philharmonic Hall, Poland, by Estudio Barozzi & Veiga, photographed by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Buildings that feature in the exterior category include the Mies van der Rohe Award-winning Szczecin Philharmonic Hall by Barozzi Veiga and a Morocco university, while the interior category includes a cantilevered house in Poland, the Leadenhall Building in London by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and a concrete cabin in the Swiss Alps.

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Exteriors: Universite Ibn Zohr de Laayoune, Morocco, by Regroupement d'Architectes El Kabbaj, photographed by Doublespace (Amanda Large & Younes Bounhar)

The sense of place category, which recognises images of buildings in context, features a shot of OMA's De Rotterdam skyscraper photographed by Ryan Koopmans as a cargo ship goes by.

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Interiors: The Leadenhall Building, England, photographed by Mark Gorton, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Photographs in the buildings in use category include a view looking up at the Yick Cheong Building in Hong Kong's Quarry Bay, and the SANAA-designed 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa.

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Interiors: Refugi dil fieu, Switzerland, by AAM Architektin, photographed by Mads Mogenson

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges including architect duo Barozzi/Veiga, Katy Harris from Foster + Partners, architect Ian Moore and photographers Hufton + Crow, who were last year's winners with a photo of Zaha Hadid's Heydar Aliyev Center. The announcement will be made at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore next month.

A selection of the shortlisted entries will also feature in an exhibition at Sto Werkstatt, London, in early 2016.