2024 BCO Conference Photography competition shortlist

BCO Conference Photography competition shortlist announced

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Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit an entry. This year saw some outstanding efforts aligned with the brief and the ‘Creating Vibrancy’ theme of the conference. Not only did they capture the spirit of vibrancy (a tall order in the weather we had!) but some of the entrants went above and beyond to frame ‘Community’ and the ‘City of Contrasts’ from their unique perspectives.

Special thanks to Mark Limbrick (Aros Architects) for hosting the session at the Aros Studios; Mark Simpson (BDP); Roxane McMeeken (ING Media); Mary Economidou (BCO) with input from Conference Chair, Peter Crowther (HERE); Dublin Top 10 contender and BCO NextGen Midlands committee member, Keely Warr (AtkinsRéalis).

View the shortlist below

Borja Marcaida
Sheppard Robson
Submitted his entry with the title: The Wave of Change featuring the Bullring and St.Martins as subjects for his entry in the City of Contrasts category.


Bradley Lobetta
Watkins Payne
Birmingham Hall of Memory, war memorial with Library of Birmingham.


Daniel Morgans
Chapman Taylor
A quiet moment, gently framing a simple contrast of the bullring and a hint of nature nearby.


George Brennan
Pick Everard
(Instagram entry) taken from inside The Bond building in Digbeth looking out at the canal and beyond.


Howard Morgan
Real Service
“Reception/help desk at the X & Y Flex Space at 103 Colmore Row. Howard entered it into the Community category and said “Our business is as much about people as it is about buildings.”


Iain Powell
TSA Riley
During the conference plenary Session on AI’s impact on construction, Neuroscientist Hannah Critchlow expanded on humans’ gamma and beta brain waves. During her time living off grid in the houseboat community, she said that “Perhaps living off grid in the houseboat community enhances an ability to reflect and meditate, which paradoxically increases the speed electrical oscillations across our brain so that we can access all the different areas within our brain so that we can have joined up thinking so that we can act not just with knee jerk reactions, but we can start to access all this intelligence that lives within our brain.

Joe Wilson
(Instagram entry) Interestingly, the building featured (The Ringway Centre, Architect: James Roberts, 1962) is one which is threatened for demolition – but is highly regarded by brutalist fans, and, bodies such as the 20th Century Society are campaigning to save it.
Mark Leeson
City of Contrasts
Birmingham Library. Contrasts reflecting on contrasts.
Stacey Henshaw
Shaw Studios
City of Contrasts category
Birmingham Town Hall with the new development behind – Three Chamberlain Square designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
Sandeep Shambi
City of Contrasts
Digbeth, Today – Tomorrow. Three different Digbeth photos by Sandeep were chosen by the judges, first making it on to the long list and finally not one but three of his photos impressively made the cut all the way to the shortlist.
Sandeep Shambi
City of Contrasts
Digbeth – Creative.
Sandeep Shambi
City of Contrasts
Digbeth Industrial Heritage.

Look out for the winner announcement on Thursday, 6 June!