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Concrete in Life Photo of the Year: Picture of kite flyers wins top prize

A black-and-white image of children flying kites on the steps of Mexico's Teopanzolco Cultural Center has been named Concrete in Life Photo of the Year.

A black and white photo showing two children playing with kites on the steps of Teopanzolco Cultural Center in Mexico with dark clouds in the sky
A black and white photo showing two children playing with kites on the steps of Teopanzolco Cultural Center in Mexico with dark clouds in the sky

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) competition received 21,000 entries.

And the $10,000 (£7,900) prize-winner features the triangular concrete building, in Cuernavaca, designed to pay tribute to nearby pyramid-shaped ruined Aztec temples.

"My photo shows how concrete develops both artistic and functional environments in our lives," Saeed Rezvanian said.

Four other category winners each won $2,500.

Co-judge and GCCA chief executive Thomas Guillot said: "The outstanding [winning] images highlight how concrete is so many things - strong and enduring but also touching and beautiful, supporting our many lives across the planet."

To mark five years of the competition, more than 100 photos will be at a free exhibition at the Brunswick Art Gallery, in London, until Thursday, 28 March.

Here are other winners from this year's competition, with comments from the photographers.


Urban Concrete: Owen Davies, US

The Armstrong Rubber Building in New Haven, Connecticut, US
The Armstrong Rubber Building in New Haven, Connecticut, US

"I was inspired to take this image of the old Armstrong Rubber Building, in New Haven, Connecticut, after passing it several times whilst driving.

"The striking geometry and sheer mass of the building drew me to it and the bright summer light really accentuated the texture of the wonderfully sculpted concrete facade."


Concrete Beauty and Design: Alexander Arregui Leszczynska, Switzerland

The Maurerhalle building in Basel, Switzerland
The Maurerhalle building in Basel, Switzerland

"Visited during the Open House Basel event, the Maurerhalle building remains to me a highlight and a timeless architectural gem in the city, where sculpture and structure, art and science, merge harmoniously.

"This monumental origami-like concrete structure, in which the facade and the roof are unified through the same sheet, brought back vivid memories of my architecture studies, when we explored the structural strength of folded paper as a method of creation."


Concrete in Daily Life: AP Hari Wibowo, Indonesia

The Aquatic Stadium Gelora Bung Karno, in Jakarta, Indonesia
The Aquatic Stadium Gelora Bung Karno, in Jakarta, Indonesia

"The photo shows the scene at the Aquatic Stadium Gelora Bung Karno, in Jakarta.

"The combination of the athletes warming up for the platform-diving competition, the architecture of the stadium, the vibrant colours and the interplay of light and shadow creates a captivating and harmonious scene."


Concrete Infrastructure: Andre Hidayat Arrasuli, Indonesia

The New Priok Container Terminal in Indonesia
The New Priok Container Terminal in Indonesia

"New Priok Container Terminal [on the north coast of Indonesia] is one of the important ports supporting economic activities.

"I was interested in capturing this when I saw the composition and beauty of the harbour at night."


People's Vote: Muhammad Nurudin, Bali

Mangrove trees beneath the Bali Mandara Toll Road
Mangrove trees beneath the Bali Mandara Toll Road

"When my plane was about to land at Ngurah Rai airport - the Bali Mandara Toll Road caught my attention, which is located very close to the airport.

"Under the toll ring road, there are several plots of land planted with mangroves.

"Farmers routinely take care of them."


Here are some of the shortlisted images.

Urban Concrete: Wisnu Haryo Yudhanto, China

A street view in Macau city
A street view in Macau city

"A small alley tucked away in the bustling streets of Macau city."


Urban Concrete: Leo Huang, Taiwan

A hotel in Taiwan
A hotel in Taiwan

"The skewed and asymmetrical windows of this hotel made of concrete are great."


Concrete Beauty and Design: Steven Sung, New York

A building in Manhattan's West Chelsea neighbourhood in New York City, US
A building in Manhattan's West Chelsea neighbourhood in New York City, US

"This shot was taken in New York City, in Manhattan's West Chelsea neighbourhood."


Concrete Beauty and Design: Sơn Dương Công, Vietnam

A building in the Trung Nguyen coffee capital, in Dak Lak province, Vietnam
A building in the Trung Nguyen coffee capital, in Dak Lak province, Vietnam

"[A building in the] Trung Nguyen coffee capital, in Dak Lak province, Vietnam."


Concrete in Daily Life: Riyas Muhammed, United Arab Emirates

A mountain-bike track in Mushrif Park, Dubai, UAE
A mountain-bike track in Mushrif Park, Dubai, UAE

"A cyclist navigates verdant patches, embodying the fusion of urban and natural elements, at the mountain-bike track in Mushrif Park, Dubai, UAE."


Concrete in Daily Life: Wahyu Budiyanto, Indonesia

A well in Ngrowo village, Bojonegoro Regency, East Java province, Indonesia
A well in Ngrowo village, Bojonegoro Regency, East Java province, Indonesia

"Concrete is very embedded in the daily lives of Indonesian people, especially in village communities.

"One example is the use of concrete in the walls of bucket wells in Ngrowo village, Bojonegoro Regency, East Java province."


Concrete Infrastructure: Joko Dwiwahyudi, Glagah Beach, Indonesia

Wave-breakers at Glagah Beach, Indonesia
Wave-breakers at Glagah Beach, Indonesia

"Wave-breakers at Glagah Beach, Indonesia, play a crucial role in mitigating coastal erosion and preserving the shoreline."


Concrete Infrastructure: Utoyo D Radar, Indonesia

The sluice gate of the Jatigede Dam, in Sumedang, West Java, Indonesia
The sluice gate of the Jatigede Dam, in Sumedang, West Java, Indonesia

"This is the sluice gate of the Jatigede Dam, in Sumedang, West Java, Indonesia.

"The benefits of the dam are vital for the farming community."


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