More than 13,500 entries to annual competition highlight concrete’s crucial role in society
THE Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has today announced the winners of its ‘Concrete in Life 2021’ global photography competition, which celebrates the beauty, importance, and sustainability of concrete in today’s world.
More than 13,500 entries were submitted to the competition by professional and amateur photographers around the world, with entrants tasked with capturing what concrete means to people across four categories – Urban Concrete, Concrete Infrastructure, Concrete in Daily Life, and Sustainable Concrete.
The Sustainable Concrete category was newly created for the 2021 competition to showcase how concrete is used to underpin sustainable communities around the world. Winner of the amateur photography prize in this category was Hakan Çöplü for his compelling photo of a man scrambling across a concrete sea defence structure in Turkey (pictured).
The competition ran from August to November 2021, with the overall winner, Agung Lawerissa, taking the top prize of US$10,000 for his photograph of Indonesia’s iconic Merah Putih Bridge, whilst each of the category winners received $2,500.
Judging the competition were Isabel Allen, editor of Architecture Today, John Fairley, photographer and creative director of Curious Productions, Gian Luca Barone, senior associate at Zaha Hadid Architects, and Thomas Guillot, chief executive of the GCCA.
Mr Guillot said: ‘The winners of the competition have shown beautifully how closely we live and interact with concrete. Some of the photos were spectacular and some focused more on the everyday, and how concrete enables our lives across the planet.
‘Concrete will play a key role in our sustainable future, so we are thrilled the competition captured the imagination from almost every corner of the world. We thank all those who entered and congratulate our deserved winners.’