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Photo of the Year announced at Concrete in Life exhibition

Overall Winner - Saeed Rezvanian

More than 21,000 photographers from across the world – both professional and amateur – entered this year's Concrete in Life competition run by the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA). 

An image of a boy flying a kite and playing on the steps of the Teopanzolco Cultural Center in Mexico was named Concrete in Life Photo of the Year with its photographer Saeed Rezvanian winning a top prize of $10,000 (£7,918). 

Of his entry, Saeed said: “My photo shows how concrete develops both artistic and functional environments in our lives. I was captivated by the children playing amongst the beautiful structures. It’s a great honour to win the Concrete in Life 2023 competition.”

This is the fifth year of the popular competition and for the first time, 100 of the images will be on display for the public at the iconic Brunswick Gallery in London until 28 March. These include a special people’s vote prize chosen by the public which was awarded to Muhammad Nurudin, for his image of the Mandara Toll Road in Bali for which he won US$5,000 (£3,958). 

Four other category winners were also announced, each receiving a prize of US$2,500 (£1,979). 

Owen Davies was named category winner in the urban concrete section, for his photo of the Armstrong Rubber Building in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. 

Andre Hidayat Arrasuli won the Concrete Infrastructure category for an image of the New Priok Container Terminal in Indonesia. 

Alexander Arregui Leszczynska, won the Concrete Beauty and Design section for his image of the Maurerhalle, a lecture hall and multifunctional space in Basel, Switzerland. 

And A.P. Hari Wibowo was named category winner for Concrete in Daily Life, for their photo of the Aquatic Stadium Gelora Bung Karno, also in Jakarta.

Thomas Guillot, GCCA chief executive, who helped to judge this year’s competition said: “Many congratulations to Saeed Rezvanian, and all this year’s winners. Their outstanding images highlight how concrete is so many things – strong and enduring, but also touching and beautiful, supporting our many lives across the planet. 

"And now, with the public exhibition to mark five years of the competition, we hope as many people as possible get the chance to see for themselves just how impressive the images are.”