Press Release

CBRE Announces Winners Of 2019 Global Urban Photography Competition

27 Jun 2019


Alfonso Béjar named 2019 CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year.

Competition received record-breaking number of entries in its 12th anniversary.


With more than 100,000 entries from across the globe, CBRE’s Urban Photographer of the Year competition’s 12th year was its largest and broadest reaching. Alfonso Béjar, from Spain, has been named the overall winner of the competition. Mr. Béjar’s winning image, “Reflexion,captures a futuristic structure and its near-perfect mirror image in Valencia, Spain.

This year, CBRE introduced an Instagram category, acknowledging social media’s impact on the way photography is captured, shared and discovered. To enter, users submitted their photographs via the social media channel. The prize was awarded to Jerry Kestel from the United States with “Time Travelers,” showing the breathtaking backdrop of Chicago at night from a skyscraper’s glass observation box.

Regional winners were also named. The Americas prize was awarded to Eduardo Castaneda from the United States for his entry, Transcending Boundaries,” a photograph of visitors immersed in a luminescent digital waterfall. The Asia Pacific prize went to Udayan Sankar Pal from India for, “Bowled Over,capturing a young boy on his paper route in Hyderabad, India. The EMEA prize was awarded to Joaquín Luna from Spain for his entry, “The Light of the Neighborhood,” featuring a pedestrian illuminated by a natural spotlight in Murcia, Spain.

The Urban Photographer of the Year competition is run annually by CBRE, the world’s leading commercial real estate services and investment firm. Both amateur and professional photographers were invited to submit photos that capture their vision of a future city.

Martin Samworth, CBRE Group President and Chief Executive Officer, Advisory Services for APAC/EMEA and the competition’s executive sponsor said, “This year’s competition provided fascinating insight into how photographers around the globe envision our cities of the future.”

The top prize is a photography trip to a destination of the winner’s choice for themselves and a friend. Regional winners will receive photography equipment and the Instagram winner will receive a GoPro package.



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