In its 11th year, the Urban International Photo Awards continued to focus on modern life, from the magnificent architectural spaces of big cities to more rural towns, according tomedia New Atlas. New Atlas has a selection of incredible finalists from the 2020 competition.
The overall theme of this novel photography contest is urban life, with entries distributed in four categories. Streets, people, spaces and ideas. This photo contest is not limited to the traditional sense of the “urban” space definition, from the natural strange, isolated human structure, to the daily life of people, all-encompassing.
“At the heart of the competition are cities, urban environments and the human beings living in them: daily life in big cities and small towns, contrasts and contradictions between cities and villages, aesthetic views, architectural geometry, and breaking down the ash of cities,” the competition rules say.
A large jury of photographers, historians, publishers, architects, academics and artists has assembled to excavate these impressive entries. The winners will be announced in late September and more than 16,000 euros will be shared.
Many of the finalists show incredibly synchronized moments, such as a photo showing a man drinking water with a bottle, while a soda ad next to it depicts exactly the same action. Other highlights are the wonderful symmetry of our urban environment, or the strange composition that pops up from a certain point of view.
Here are some of the most impressive finalists in this year’s competition: