Urban Photographer of the Year 2018 Awards Winners

The CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year competition has announced its winners for 2018. The largest competition of its kind, this year’s Overall Winner was unveiled to British photographer Richard Morgan for his image ‘What are you looking at?’

Now in its 11th year, photographers from more than 180 countries entered real estate group CBRE’s annual Urban Photographer of the Year competition, with both amateur and professional photographers asked to capture ‘the essence of the urban environment’ through the brief, ‘Cities of Connections: People, Places, Perspectives.’

The Overall Winner of the Urban Photographer awards was British photographer Richard Morgan and his image ‘What are you looking at?’ Taken in Poznan, Poland, the black and white photo shows dozens of people in the street looking up and taking mobile phone photos of a tourist attraction – barring one man who stares at the camera.


The 2018 Americas Winner was Alec Herrera for his image out of his tent in New Zealand titled ‘Good Morning, Auckland’ M. Yousuf Tushar won the APAC (Asia Pacific and Americas) award for his image ‘Betel Nut’ taken in Bangladesh.

The Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) category was won by Ian Harper for his aerial photo of Barcelona called ‘Barcelona From Above’, while fellow Brit Mel Chennell was announced as the Mobile Winner for image ‘Truly Connected?’ taken at an art gallery in London.


Interestingly, the Urban Photographer of the Year awards also feature winners for images taken at each hour of the day. Winners this year include a 4am photo of a Nottingham takeaway titled ‘From Club to Breakfast’ as well as a 2pm women’s wrestling match in Kolkata, India.

Check out all of the 2018 Urban Photographer of the Year winners here.


Last month, the annual Drone Awards contest named the winning images for 2018. This year’s competition saw over 4,400 submissions from photographers 101 countries across the globe, with Florian Ledoux’s ‘Above The Polar Bear’ image taking home the grand prize.