Deadline: November 30, 2017 00:00 (CET)
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Eligibility: Open only to individuals 13 years of age or older as of the date of registration. Minors in their jurisdiction of residence must have the consent of their parent or legal guardian to enter or win.
Prizes: There are plenty of exciting prizes up for grabs, from a photography trip of a lifetime, drones, GoPro packages and more. Additionally, each winner will be featured in and awarded the highly sought after UPOTY coffee table book distributed all over the world.

CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year 2017

The CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition is the largest of its kind, celebrating the richness and diversity of city life around the world by challenging both amateur and professional photographers alike to capture the essence of the urban environment.

Competition Theme: Cities of Connections

Cities of Connections: People, Places, Perspectives

Cities rarely align along a single axis. They thrive in a constant state of change, adaptation and evolution—driven by the people, places and perspectives that flow within them.

And today, more than ever, cities stand at the center of an unprecedented shift toward a truly interconnected world.

Where people come together to bring their individual and collective aspirations to life. Where innovation and tradition come together to reimagine our sense of place. And where the collision of cultures and ideas gives rise to new perspectives.

This year’s CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition challenges you to capture these connections between people, places and perspectives for your chance to win a range of great cash prizes.


  • Main Prize: Photography Trip of a Lifetime.

The overall UPOTY competition winner will receive a photography trip of a lifetime to a destination of their choice for themselves and a friend. Previous winners have visited locations including Turkey, Morocco, Bhutan and Namibia.

  • Regional Prize

Regional winners will be able to take their photos to brand new heights with a photography drone. There will be three regional winners, one for each region – Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific and Americas (you will be prompted to list your country of residence when registering for the competition).

  • Mobile Prize

Capture and share your world no matter where you are. The winner of the mobile category will be awarded a GoPro kit. To be entered in the mobile category, your picture must have been taken on a mobile device and you must tick the mobile box on the entry page.

  • Youth Prize: (13-15/16-18 years old)

Our youth categories encourage the next generation of photographers to challenge our perceptions of the world around us. Winners in each category, 13-15 and 16-18 years old, will receive a GoPro package to capture stunning images and videos.

  • Hourly Winners

Hourly prizes will be rewarded to the 24 standout images representing each hour of the day. Each hourly winner will be awarded a compact and protective shoulder bag that can easily hold a compact camera plus accessories to ensure you are ready to capture photos on the go.

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