A new photography competition, focusing on properties in the City of Manchester has been launched.

Working with architectural structures, cityscapes and properties that constitute the Manchester skylines, and highlight the city and its suburbs, to discover and reveal some of the City’s hidden gems, its places, buildings and cityscapes.

This year there are two categories: Best Portfolio Submission and Best Single Image.

The competition is a collaboration between Bilfinger GVA and Manchester School of Art photography competition and the winner will be announced at a ceremony at the National Football Museum in October.

The entrants are listed below

Best Portfolio Submission

1 Rachael Burns

My work is primarily based around fine art photography using traditional analogue techniques. Exploring the theme of Manchester Unseen I decided to document the banal and often neglected spaces at the back of some of Manchester’s most iconic buildings. Working with medium format film enabled me to capture the most subtle details of these spaces to re-present what goes unnoticed and unseen.



2 Stan Platford

There is a relationship between photography and walking. For me, exploring on foot helps me to uncover the rich layers of architectural and infrastructural history. The canals, which once connected the city together, take the walker directly to areas of both industrial grandeur and decline, and to unknown areas of the city. In its post-industrial guise, the city’s smart areas of regeneration can be as quiet as the abandoned and overgrown edge lands.


3 Sorrel Higgins

“Look Up”

Not enough people pay attention to their surroundings, often staying fixed in a bubble created by the familiarity of our daily habits and routines. I wanted to capture the architecture that is all around us and worthy of our appreciation.  


 4 Federico Gioco

‘Smart Landscapes’ is a series in which I explore the architecture and the urban environment. The images are shot on medium format colour film and the light for each shot has accurately been chosen to give a delicate, almost ethereal look to the architectural elements. I’m interested in the relationship between Interior and exterior, and attempt to convey a sense of peacefulness and balance between by contemporary architecture and space.


5 Penny Mercer

My work is based on the notion that our everyday movements around any city are already dictated for us, either visually with signage or physically with the use of architecture. For this set of images I focused on multistory car parks around the Northwest of England to capture something of the quiet the beauty that these, often overlooked locations, hold within. 


6 Charlotte Emma Brodie

This series of photographs were taken in Media City. I’ve kept a clear theme throughout my portfolio linking my photographs together. This theme consists of the colour blue. It appears in a variety of places such as the sky, reflections and structure within the buildings across the series. I feel my photographs capture the beauty of modern architecture, focusing on the simple, eye catching architectural forms that appears around Manchester.


7 Philippa Madgin Ramsden

My exploration of re-discovering Manchester started on a typical dreary day in the City. Everyone was isolated under their umbrellas looking down into the reflections of the puddles, whilst I looked up and noticed a reoccurring theme I had never appreciated before. The many eras of buildings in Manchester are echoed through one another. Older buildings are reflected within the new glass facades of others whilst the traditional brick architecture stands boldly against the contrast of the sky. This portfolio combines both old and new elements that run wildly through the city, returning to the theme of mirrored windows which act as the eyes to the soul of our city.


8 Lauren Coleman

My response to the GVA brief was to mix iconic and less obvious parts of Manchester. I have lived in this city for nearly 2 years and have spent a lot of time wandering around and exploring it.

I am drawn to the graffiti, in particular, large sections that help to add character to the space around them. I chose to document these because of their temporary nature, and the fact that they bring a certain colour to the city.

In addition, I also chose to document some of the more obvious things that help to define the city- the trams and the more recognisable buildings such as Printworks and Manchester Central Library, with a personal challenge of trying to find visually interesting ways of doing this.



9 Sam Coop

My photographs present Manchester’s broad range of architectural styles, using reflections to manipulate the composition. Having both modern and listed architecture contrasted in one photograph gives a different perspective of a developing city within an iconic history.



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