CBRE Announces 2015 Winners Of Global Urban Photography Competition

Oscar Rialubin Global Urban Photographer of the Year | Christopher Martin Americas Urban Photographer of the Year

Los Angeles, October 14, 2015 – Oscar Rialubin from the Philippines has been named as the winner of CBRE Group, Inc.’s Urban Photographer of the Year competition. Mr. Rialbun’s image, “Xyclops,” shows a watch repairman at work in Doha, Qatar. Christopher Martin, of Canada, was the winner of the Americas prize for the image “Winter Work” of a plane being de-iced at Calgary International Airport, Canada. With more than 21,000 entries from 113 countries, this year was the competition’s largest.

The annual competition, which offers unprecedented insight into urban life, is run by CBRE, the world’s leading commercial real estate services and investment firm. Amateur and professional photographers are challenged to capture the essence of the urban environment through the brief of “Cities at Work.” This year, entrants provided a unique insight in to urban life through a range of images including window cleaners scaling great heights, crammed commuters at Japan’s busiest station and a vibrant New York intersection, taken from a Manhattan skyscraper.   

The top prize is a luxury trip to a destination of the winner’s choice. Regional prizes are also awarded. The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) prize was awarded to Armen Dolukhanyan for his “Couple Policemen” depicting a young couple, both in the police force, taking a break in Ukraine. The Asia Pacific prize went to Peter Graney for his “Poultry Prepared for Market,” a striking image of food being prepared for market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

For the first time, the 2015 competition included a mobile category. Technology’s continual advancement has meant that photographs taken on a mobile device, particularly those snapped in the moment, are as serious contenders as the ones taken by more traditional means. The winner, Cocu Liu, from China, captured a fantastic image of the Chicago Board of Trading Building in “Blizzard Days.”

Paul Suchman, Global Chief Marketing Officer, CBRE, said, “The competition continues to serve as a source of inspiration and creativity across all the communities we serve. Its reach and ability to build connectivity with the CBRE brand is simply fantastic. Our 2015 brief, ‘Cities at Work,’ is a simple idea that invites participants to capture the energy and momentum of their community. As evidenced by the scale and diversity of the submissions we received, and by powerful work of Mr. Rialubin, this rally cry resonated across all markets.”

Mr. Martin, the Americas winner, described his taking his image, saying,” On a cold morning in January, airplanes required de-icing before being able to takeoff. As I waited for my flight to warmer climes, I watched a crane truck approach this plane. It stopped a few metres away, the bucket then extended upwards with this gentleman waiting to go to work. When he turned on the spray from the hose, the steam lit by the rising sun made for a compelling image.”


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