Results for the Annual BCO Conference Photography Competition 2019

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The results are in for the 2019 Annual BCO Conference photography competition! In 2018, “BCO Photo Berlin” was introduced for the first time, devised by Art Acumenfor all BCO delegates who were invited to take photographs of Berlin over the course of the event capturing ‘Diversity’, ‘Inclusion’, ‘Connection’, and ‘Innovation’. This year, the Waterman sponsored competition saw 350 entries submitted via the all-new conference appor e-mailed in. The judging criteria: Originality, basic technique, visual impact and adherence to either one or both of the following subject matters:

  • ‘Copenhagen Architecture’ and
  • ‘Arbejdsglaede’

CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners:

1st PLACE for ‘Copenhagen Architecture’

Maersk Tower by Giles Martin, WilkinsonEyre, submitted via the conference app. 

Judges’ comments:

-“Nice composition, it draws you in.”

-“Visually delicious.”

1st PLACE for ‘Arbejdsglaede’

Royal Danish Opera House by Ben Marston, Jestico + Whiles + Associates Ltd, submitted via e-mail.

Judges’ comments:

-“Beautifully composed with great use of scale.”

-“Captures the perfect light.”

-“The more you look at this image the better it gets.”

CONGRATULATIONS to the 5 highly commended:

Highly Commended – Copenhagen Architecture – Chris Levett, DLA Design

-“A strong composition, with a great study of light and shadows.”

Highly Commended – Arbejdsglæde – Alex Parsons, Kajima

-“Captures the theme really well. 

-“Interesting division of the composition….it puts the people right in the centre.”

Highly Commended – Copenhagen Architecture  
Borja Marcaida, Sheppard Robson -“A simple and formal composition, with a wonderful human element.”

Highly Commended – Arbejdsglæde – No Name 

-“The photographer has captured the wonderful energy of Copenhagen life.”

Highly Commended – Copenhagen Architecture – Mark Simpson, BDP
-“A stark graphic image, full of intrigue.”
-“The light and shadows are just beautiful.” 


Photo competition judges joined by BCO Snr. VP and Conference Chair
 Paul Patenall

-Catherine Thomas,  MD, Art Acumen (Judging Chair)

Catherine is the Managing Director of Art Acumen, specialising in curating and commissioning art collections, devising bespoke creative projects and place-making through public art programmes. For the past 16 years, Catherine has delivered visionary art strategies and inspirational art commissions for many corporate, public and private clients, building a formidable portfolio and excellent reputation. Catherine created and devised the 2018 “BCO Photo Berlin” Photography Competition as part of the Berlin Art Programme. Learn more here.


-Miriam Spatafora, Structural Engineer, Waterman Group

Miriam grew up with a strong love of Literature and Arts, surprising everyone when she chose to pursue a career in engineering. With a strong eye for detail, she has notably worked as an engineer on the Royal Academy of Dance development.  She has a huge appreciation and respect for the visual arts.  Miriam loves photography and enjoys capturing a range of shots with her both analogic and digital camera, exploring the contrast between film and modern techniques.

-Martina Famoso, Engineer, Waterman Group

‘Martina is an engineer with a strong passion for Arts and Architecture. This passion comes from being born in Italy surrounded by its immense historical patrimony. When she is not working as an engineer, she loves to draw, paint and of course to walk around London taking pictures of the beautiful contrast between old and modern architecture.’

-Ryan Dempster, Architect, Buckley Gray Yeoman

An architect with an eye for aesthetics, Ryan is a BCO NextGen Rising Star for London and the South East. An avid photographer himself, with an impeccable eye for design, Ryan founded @storeyshots – a growing Instagram based community curated as a show and tell of architecture and inspiring advice from firms in the industry.

-Alex Upton, Architectural Photographer

Alex’s approach to architectural photography is informed and complemented by his background in studying both Fine Art (BA Fine Art First-class Honours, University of the Arts London) and Design. This not only assures his consistent attention to detail and quality but also enhances his understanding of form, space, composition and materials in relation to architecture.

-Simon Kennedy, Architectural Photographer

More than fifteen years of experimentation have informed Simon’s current photographic techniques. Simon’s photographic vision developed in a unique way – years of working as a qualified architect combined with teaching post-graduate architectural studies at The Bartlett School Of Architecture. This experience has given him a unique understanding of architecture, and a highly insightful photographic vision which continues to develop and be informed by his teaching practice at the Bartlett and by collaborations with various architects.