We asked people across the world to document what life is like in their cities through CBRE’s Urban Photographer of the Year (UPOTY) competition. The results are truly stunning and remind us of the beauty of city life. Oscar Rialubin, from the Philippines, was selected as the Global Urban Photographer of the Year for his picture “Xyclops,” featuring a watch repairman in Doha, Qatar, a scene that perfectly reflects this year’s theme, Cities at Work.
“Cities at Work is a simple idea that invites participants to capture the energy and momentum of their communities,” said Paul Suchman, CBRE’s chief marketing officer, of the competition. “As evidenced by the scale and diversity of the submissions we received, and by the powerful work of Mr. Rialubin, this rally cry resonated across all markets.”
Martin Grahame-Dunn, chairman of judges, added, “Every year I am privileged to be taken on a visual journey of revelation, seeing our cities as they really are. Today, with the addition of a great camera on every phone, we are all able to participate in documenting life as it happens.”
Rialubin has been passionate about street photography for a number of years, which really shines through in the quality of the work he submitted for UPOTY. “The urban environment is a fascinating subject, as it is one of constant change and activity. Capturing that one perfect moment is a great feeling,” says Rialubin.