Vienna-based museum Architekturzentrum Wien has named the winners of the fifth Az W Photo Award. The winners will be displayed for three weeks at the Architekturzentrum Wien.
The theme “I ♥ Architecture” inspired a total of 252 amateur and professional photographers to submit their best images—more entrants than any of the four previous contests. John Fraser from the United Kingdom took the first prize with his image of the top of a modern shopping center emerging from the surrounding traditional Victorian neighborhood. The contest’s jury praised him for his strength of contrast:
“Within a historic context of Victorian architecture a reflective swoosh cuts its way into the Birmingham of today. The photo illustrates the transformation of an industrial town into a service industries city and opens up room for different interpretations. What do we see here? And, above all, where are we here?”
John Fraser will receive an Eames Plastic Chair from Vitra for his winning image and his photo will be on display alongside 9 entries that were shortlisted. There was an additional contest determined by voting on Facebook, won by photographer Pia Odorizzi after her photo accumulated 245 likes. Odorizzi’s photo will be displayed for two days on the 2,254 Info screens throughout Austria, which entertain more than 1.4 million viewers each week across Austria’s five regional capitals.