Calling amateur and professional photographers alike to capture your vision of a future city for a chance to win the photography trip of a lifetime.

Open now until 31 January 2019.

Receiving 80,000 entries worldwide from 170 countries last year, the Urban Photographer of the Year is the world’s largest urban photography competition.

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The 2018 Urban Photographer of the Year winners have been announced! You can view all of the winning images here.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who participated.

Organised by CBRE, the 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.

This year’s theme invites photographers to submit photos that capture their vision of a future city.

Each entrant may submit up to 24 images; one to represent each hour of the day. The photo submitted for a specific hour need not have been taken during that hour, but should look as if it was.

Copyright in all Photos remains the property of the entrant at all times.

There is no entry fee.


Open wordlwide to individuals 18 years of age or older.


The overall competition winner will receive a photography trip (up to 10,000 USD) to a destination of their choice for themselves and a friend. Previous winners have visited locations including Turkey, Morocco, Bhutan and Namibia.

Regional winners will be awarded up to 1,000 USD worth of photography equipment each. There will be three regional winners, one for each region – Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Asia Pacific and Americas.

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.

Instagram winner will be awarded a GoPro kit. To be entered in the Instagram category, your picture must be uploaded onto CBRE’s Instagram page.

Hourly prizes will be rewarded to the 24 standout images representing each hour of the day. Each hourly winner will be awarded a camera bag.




Open only to individuals 18 years of age or older as of date of registration. Employees, officers and directors of CBRE, Inc. (“Sponsor”) and its parent, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, advertising, promotion or production agencies, Web masters/suppliers (and their immediate family members [spouse, parents, children, siblings etc.] and individuals residing in the same household, whether or not related) are not eligible to enter.  By participating, entrants agree to these Official Rules and decisions of the Sponsor and/or its independent judging agency are final and binding in all respects.  Void where prohibited, or restricted by law. Subject to all applicable laws and regulations.


The Contest begins and therefore the period for submission of entries into the Contest begins on 13 November 2018 at 12:00:00 pm Greenwich Mean Time (“GMT”) plus 1 hour (i.e. British Summer Time)”) and ends on 31 January 2019 at 11:59:59 pm “GMT”  (the “Contest Period”). The Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for the Contest. All entries must be received by the Sponsor no later than the end of the Contest Period.  Any entries received after the Contest Period ends will be automatically disqualified.


The Contest invites the entrant to submit original photos capturing what the entrant considers to be the essence of “The Connected City,” at any time of day, be it poignant, inspiring, quirky or amusing (the “Photo” or “Photos”).


To enter the Contest, visit (the “Website”).  Then, follow the online instructions to register your details including your age range and then upload and submit your Photo(s) and specify which hour of the day each Photo is meant to represent.  The Photo submitted for a specific hour need not have been taken during that hour, but should look as if it was.
Each entrant may submit one Photo that represents one hour of the day, up to a total of twenty-four (24) photos (each representing a different hour of the day) per person for the entire Contest Period.
Photo Guidelines (failure to meet these guidelines including for photos taken on a mobile device will result in entries being discounted and entries will not be judged):
• Photos must be in .jpg format;
• Photos must at least 300 dpi;
• Photos must be saved in RGB/SRGB colour;
• Photos must be between 1MB and 8MB in size; and
• The Photo cannot have previously won any promotion or competition of any kind.
• Watermarks are allowed but not encouraged. If your photo is selected as a winner, you will be expected to supply a photograph without a watermark for use in any competition promotion, including the Urban Photographer of the Year coffee table book.
Photos may be submitted that have been taken on a mobile device (i.e. a smartphone or tablet).  Entrants will be asked to confirm whether the device used was a mobile device.  Sponsor may check to confirm that photos have been taken on a mobile device. Any attempt to submit a Photo as a “Mobile Photo” that is not in fact taken on a mobile device will result in the entry or entries not being considered. Selecting “mobile” for Photos will enter the Photos into the Mobile category. Photos in this category may be eligible to win higher categories of prizes but will not retain the Mobile Prize (further details below).
Content Restrictions:
• The Photo must comply with these Official Rules;
• In its sole and absolute discretion, Sponsor may reject any Photo that i) includes material or subject matter that is inappropriate, obscene, sexually explicit, defamatory, disparaging, unlawful, offensive, false or misleading, ii) depicts or promotes the consumption of alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, or the use of firearms or weapons, or iii) includes personally identifying information or similarly defined personal information in  applicable privacy legislation (“PII”) of any kind (this includes an image of an identifiable person), other than in circumstances where the entrant has obtained explicit consent from the individual to whom the PII relates. If the entrant cannot provide evidence that the individual has given such consent, the entry / Photo may be discounted;
• The Photo must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, trademark rights, image rights or that constitutes copyright infringement OR which otherwise is in violation of any applicable law which the Entrant is subject to in his/her jurisdiction;
• Entrants agree to not post, e-mail or otherwise submit anything that knowingly contains software viruses or any other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment.
Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to remove any Entry and disqualify you from the Contest if it believes that the Entry fails to conform to the above Photo Guidelines and/or Content Restrictions or any restrictions set forth in the Official Rules or if you provide false information in entering the Contest, or if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the Contest.
Receipt of Entry will not be acknowledged or returned. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor.   Sponsor does not accept responsibility for any entries including for equipment failure, technical malfunction, systems, satellite, network, server, computer hardware or software failure of any kind.
By entering, each entrant warrants and represents the following with respect to their Photos: (a) entrant is the sole and exclusive owner of the Photo; (b) the Photo is entrant’s own creation and is 100% original; (c) publication of the Photo will not breach any rights of any third parties; and (d) Photos are in accordance with these Official Rules.  Any such entrant will indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and Releases (as defined in Section 7 below) from any claims to the contrary.
By entering, you acknowledge that Sponsor has no obligation to use or post any Photo you submit.
By submitting a Photo, entrant grants Sponsor and its agents, affiliates and subsidiaries a perpetual, unlimited worldwide royalty free license (including the right to sub license), for the maximum legal term of the Photo’s copyright protection, with full title guarantee and right to post, publish, and otherwise make use of, entrant’s first name, last initial, address (city/state/country), likeness or picture, biographical information, Photo description(s) and any Photo submitted in publication and/or on the internet, for advertising and/ or promotional use in any media in connection with and/or related to the Contest or a similar competition run by the Sponsor or any of its group companies without notice or compensation of any kind.   For this purpose, the entrant undertakes to conclude and sign all the agreements and documents considered to be necessary in order for the license to be valid and effective
Entrant agrees that all applicable taxes, fees and other levies on any prize are solely the winner’s responsibility.
Copyright in all Photos remains the property of the entrant at all times; however, in addition to the above license, entrants agree to the maximum extent permitted by law, to waive all or not to assert any of their moral rights in the photos (or equivalent rights anywhere in the world) as against the Sponsor and its agents, affiliates and subsidiaries in particular but without limitation the right to be referenced as the photographer or owner of the image or to modify in any way the submitted Photos to the extent permitted by law.


This is a skills-based competition and eligible Photos will be evaluated by the Judges as a panel in accordance with the following skills-based judging criteria which shall be weighted and balanced in the sole and absolute discretion of the Judges (“Judging Criteria”):
Creativity & style
Image or print presentation
Centre of interest
Colour balance
Technical excellence
Photographic technique
Story telling & subject matter
Judging will take place in February and March 2019 and the Judges’ decision will be final.
For Photos submitted by an entrant that is over 18, the Photo that receives the highest total scores based on the Judging Criteria for each hour of the day will be deemed a finalist (each, a “Finalist” and collectively, the “Finalists”).  Each Finalist will receive an Hourly Prize and will be eligible for consideration as a potential Regional Prize Winner and potential Grand Prize Winner. The Finalists selected for Regional Prizes and eventually the Grand Prize will not retain and will not be awarded with the “Hourly Prize” which will then be awarded to the next highest ranked Photo.
A Regional Prize Winner will be selected from each of (i) Asia Pacific (ii) the Americas and (iii) Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The highest rated photo from the regional shortlists will receive the regional prize. The overall winner (Grand Prize Winner) will be selected from the Regional Winners. The Grand Prize Winner selected will not be awarded the Regional Prize if selected for the Grand Prize.  The Regional Prize from that region will be awarded to the next best Photo from the same region.
Entries that have been marked as “mobile” entries will also be considered for the Mobile Prize but will also be eligible for the Hourly Prize, Regional Prize and Grand Prize.  The Mobile Prize Winner will not also be awarded the Hourly Prize and this will be awarded to the next highest rated photo.  In the event that a Mobile Winner is also successful in winning a Regional Prize or Grand Prize, the Mobile Winner will be selected from the next highest rated Mobile Photo that has not been selected in another category.
Entrants under the age of 18 will not be considered for any category or prize including for the Mobile Prize.
Each Finalist will only be permitted to retain the highest value prize they are awarded, and will be required to forfeit any other prizes of lesser value that may have been awarded.
As a condition of entering, entrants further agree to these Official Rules and to the judges’ decisions, which are final and binding in all respects.
Photos may be reviewed prior to announcement of the winners to ensure winning photos do not violate third party rights including intellectual property rights or privacy rights in any relevant jurisdiction.  An entrant may not be awarded a prize if it is found in the Sponsor’s reasonable opinion that a photo has breached any such laws or regulations, or otherwise fails to comply with these Official Rules.


A. Prizes:
Category Age Eligible Prize Value
Grand Prize Winner Over 18 at the time of registration Photo Safari for Two 1 prize of value up to US $10,000
Regional Winner Over 18 at the time of registration Photography Equipment 3 prizes of approx. value US $1,000
Mobile Winner Over 18 at the time of registration Go Pro Package 1 prize of approx. value US $500
Instagram Winner Over 18 at the time of registration Go Pro Package 1 prize of approx. value US $500
Hourly Prize Winners Over 18 at the time of registration Camera bag 24 prizes of value US $100
Photo Safari
The Grand Prize Winner will inform Sponsor of the proposed destination and suitable dates for travel for the Winner and proposed travel companion.  Sponsor will in its sole discretion appoint a travel agent and work with the Overall Winner and companion to confirm and agree the necessary details for the trip. Sponsor will meet the cost of flights, accommodation, taxes and other costs up to the total value of US$10,000, which will be payable to the travel agent and not to the Overall Winner or companion directly. The Overall Winner and companion will meet any additional costs associated with the trip that exceed US$10,000 including without limitation any taxes, incidentals, food, flights or accommodation, insurance, cancellations, costs for changes to bookings, tariffs or other charges.  No refund or compensation will be made in the event of the cancellation or delay of any flight or lack of availability.
Go Pro Package
The Go Pro Packages will be purchased by the Sponsor once the winning photos have been judged.  The purchase will be determined based on the winner’s location to ensure ease of delivery and usability / compatibility.  The pack will have the approximate value stated in the above table, and will include a GoPro and a standard accessory bundle determined in the Sponsor’s sole discretion.
All prize details not specified in the Official Rules will be determined in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. Additional prize award details and other applicable information to be provided to the winner at the time of notification. Prize(s) are non-transferable, are not redeemable for cash and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion.  In respect of entrants submitting entries who are US residents, Sponsor disclaims all express or implied warranties relating to the Prizes, including without limitation, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.
Delivery of Prizes
B. Expenses and Taxes. Winner is solely responsible for all expenses and incidental travel costs not expressly stated in the prize description, all out-of-pocket costs, and all applicable taxes.
Winner Notification.  In March 2019 (or as soon as practicable thereafter), the potential winners will be notified via email. The Sponsor will not amend contact information once entries have been submitted.
It is a condition of the Contest that winners may be required by the Sponsor to complete, sign, and return an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release, evidence of consent to publication of any third party whose PII is included in the entrant’s Photo, and, where lawful, a Publicity Release within seven (7) calendar days of first notification attempt, and before the prize is awarded. No substitution, cash equivalent or transfer of prize by the entrant is permitted, but Sponsor reserves right to substitute prize with prize of equal or greater value if advertised prize is unavailable for any reason.  Limit one Grand Prize, Hourly Prize, Regional Prize, Mobile Prize per person.
Prizes cannot be claimed by a third party on behalf of a winner. CBRE will contact all the winning entries using the email address provided at registration.  CBRE reserves the right to replace any winner who fails to respond within fourteen days of first notification of their success. CBRE reserves the right, at their discretion, to publish and caption winning images, without further contact from their authors, if the fourteen-day deadline has expired. All published authors will receive their prizes once communication is established. Physical prizes (Go Pro / Camera Bag) will be sent by courier to the winner’s address; the Safari prize will be arranged with the winner as detailed above. CBRE will remain respectful of author’s rights in these circumstances.
Hold Harmless.  To the maximum extent permitted by law, entrants and winners agree that Sponsor and its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies and advertising and promotion agencies, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents (individually and collectively “Releasees”) will have no liability whatsoever for, and are released and shall be held harmless by entrants and winners against, any liability, for i) any losses or damage or violation of intellectual property or personal rights (such as but not limited to, copyright, trade name/trademark, and/or rights of privacy or publicity or portrayal in a false light) and ii) any losses, damage, or injury arising out of or related to the use of the prize or entry in this Contest.
8. General/Miscellaneous.
• Any waiver or non-use of any rights hereunder by Sponsor does not constitute a general waiver of any other Sponsor rights.
• Releases are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or non-received Photos or e-mail, for any reason whatsoever.
• Any Persons who engage in unlawful activities in connection with the operation of the Contest, as solely determined by the Sponsor, will be disqualified.
• Any entrant not complying with the conditions of participation or with the remaining requirements and conditions of the present terms and conditions may be eliminated/disqualified from the competition.
• Neither Sponsor nor its agencies are responsible for injury or damage to entrant’s or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading materials from or use of the Website.
• Should any portion of the Contest be, in Sponsor’s sole opinion, compromised by technical or other failures, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the Contest, and select the prize winner from Photos received prior to action taken or as otherwise deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor.
• In case of dispute, the authorized account subscriber of the e-mail account used to enter the Contest at the actual time of entry will be deemed to be the entrant, and must comply with these Official Rules.
All age restrictions are applied as at the date of an entry being submitted
If any provision(s) of these Terms and Conditions (or any part thereof) are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions (or any part thereof) hereof will remain in full force and effect.
A.  Choice of Law. These Official Rules and the Contest shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, English law.
B.  Jurisdiction. The courts of England shall have the non-exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute that may arise out of, under, or in connection with the Contest, these Official Rules, or the legal relationship established by them.
Sponsor will be collecting personal data about entrants online for the administration of the Contest, in accordance with its privacy policy.  Please review the Sponsor’s privacy policy at  By participating in the Contest, entrants hereby agree to Sponsor’s and its group companies collecting and using of their personal information and transferring such information overseas including to the United States of America in accordance with Sponsor’s privacy policy and the privacy policy on the local CBRE website if you’ve been directed to these Official Rules and the Contest via that local CBRE website acknowledge that they have read and accepted Sponsor’s privacy policy.  Entrants also agree that if they are selected as a winner, the information they have provided to the Sponsor may also be included in a publicly-available winner’s list.   Sponsor may also use your name, image and town or country of residence as part of the announcement and for any other reasonable promotional purposes.
By entering the Contest you agree that any personal information provided by you with your entry may be held and used by the Sponsor or its agents and suppliers to administer this Contest.
By entering the Contest you also agree that Sponsor may use your personal data to contact you in future if Sponsor or its group companies are running a similar contest.
For a list of the winners, visit the Website after April 2019.  The decision will be final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
Henrietta House, Henrietta House, London W1G 0NB
Sponsor reserves the right to hold void, suspend, cancel or amend the Contest where it becomes necessary to do so.
Sponsor reserves the right, at its discretion, to make changes to any part of these Official Rules. Due to its policy of updating and improving these Official Rules, Sponsor may wish to change these Official Rules. If an entrant uses this Website or chooses to participate in this Contest after Sponsor has published or notified entrant of the changes, entrants are agreeing now to be bound by those changes. If an entrant does not agree to be bound by those changes, an entrant should not use the Website or participate in the Contest




Total Prize: $15,000