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Urban photographer of the year

Urban - a byword for all things metropolitan and concrete, crowded and gritty. Like McDonald's.

CBRE’s annual Urban Photographer of the Year competition looks to celebrate those photographers who have captured urban life in its natural state - no trickery, no overly artistic lens flare, but pure, storytelling pictures.

British photographer Mark French beating over 12,500 entries from around the globe to claim first place with his image titled ‘Looking good at work’, snapping the moment a Hong Kong commuter took a less than subtle moment to inspect his appearance.

The competition required entrants to submit the time their photo was taken, so as to build up a 24 hour picture of the world's urban locations. As well as awarding prizes for first, second and third, awards were given to the best photograph of each individual hour. You can see the top three and our favourite hours in the gallery below.

(Images: CBRE)

  • Urban photographer of the year

    Looking good at work

    Photographer: Mark French, UK

    Location: Hong Kong

  • Urban photographer of the year 1

    Fly's eyes

    Photographer: Glenn Surtees, UK

    Location: Singapore

  • Urban photographer of the year 2

    Life for life

    Photographer: Rui Pedro Moura Barbosa Dias, Portugal

    Location: Portugal

  • Urban photographer of the year 3

    Break on piazza Navona (4am)

    Photographer: Tatiana Volobueva, Russia

    Location: Rome

  • Urban photographer of the year 4

    Chickens are transported to market (8am)

    Photographer: Peter Graney, New Zealand

    Location: Cambodia

  • Urban photographer of the year 5

    Vertical (3pm)

    Photographer: David Candlish, UK

    Location: UK

  • Urban photographer of the year 6

    17h in Bucharest (5pm)

    Photographer:Corneliu Cazacu, Germany

    Location: Bucharest

  • Urban photographer of the year 7

    Nocturnal (7pm)

    Photographer: Jeff Lombardo, USA

    Location: Las Vegas

  • Urban photographer of the year 8

    Pachinko (8pm)

    Photographer: Linda Rahmat, Hong Kong

    Location: Tokyo

  • Urban photographer of the year 9

    Waiting for a train (10pm)

    Photographer: András Harsányi, Hungary

    Location: Hungary