British duo Hufton + Crow has won the International Arcaid Architectural Photographer of the Year competition for a photograph of the interior of Zaha Hadid’s Heydar Aliyev Centre.

The announcement was made at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore after Hufton + Crow’s photo received the highest number of votes from visitors to the event.

The photo, which captures a starkly white and slightly futuristic staircase located inside the Heydar Aliyev Centre, was one of 20 shortlisted photographs competing in the categories of exterior, interior, sense of place, and buildings in use.

Speaking about the winning image, photographer Allan Crow highlighted the natural components that make up the duo’s architectural photography:

"A good image to us has to be bold in composition, with strong architectural elements, ideally combined with capturing a moment. We don't set up or direct the people in our images, rather we compose the frame and then shoot people as they naturally explore the space. This hopefully results in images that have a narrative."

A full list of winners and runner-ups can be viewed on the Arcaid Awards website.

Winner: Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid - photographed by Hufton + Crow

Runner-up: Cayan Tower by SOM - photographed by Victor Romeo

Runner-up: Encants Flea Market B720 Arquitecture - photographed by Ingio Bujedo Aguirre

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