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GCCA celebrates the beauty of concrete

Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan

Concrete in Life 2020 photography competition receives more than 10,000 entries from around the world

THE Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) is celebrating concrete, the most used manufactured material on the planet, with the release of the winning pictures from its ‘Concrete in Life 2020’ global photography competition.

More than 10,000 pictures were submitted to the competition by both professional and amateur photographers around the world, covering three categories – Concrete Infrastructure, Urban Concrete and Concrete in Daily Life – with the entries demonstrating the widespread, diverse and sustainable use of concrete across the globe.

The overall winner was a black and white image of the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, by professional photographer Nurlan Tahirli, who said: ‘I was struck by the building’s unique and unusual look – its stunning design with simplicity of lines, single colour and complexity of structure portraying the modern beauty of concrete and how people were interacting with it and enjoying it.’

The competition ran from October to December 2020, with the overall winner scooping the top prize of US$10,000 and each of the category winners receiving US$2,500. In addition to the six winners, the competition judges selected a shortlist which is viewable on the GCCA website.

Judging the competition were: National Geographic photographer Gabriele Galimberti; John Fairley, photographer and creative director of Curious Productions; Gian Luca Barone, senior associate at Zaha Hadid Architects; and Dinah McLeod, chief executive of the GCCA.

Ms McLeod said: ‘We were delighted and overwhelmed by the stunning quality and number of photos that we received from just about every corner of the world – a huge thank you to all entrants. We were hugely impressed with their ability to depict how concrete has been continuing to support our lives even in these difficult times.’

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