The CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year: 2014's best city pictures

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The city has always been the perfect environment for photography.

We're told that "real" beauty lies in nature, but as far as this magazine is concerned, the vista of an awe-inspiring valley in the foothills of the Himalayas can only be improved by the addition of Le Corbusier-style aparment blocks, an inland dock scheme and a district given over to the sale of expensive Japanese tailoring. That's the sort of people we are.

This is why we're such big fans of the CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year prize, which has just announced its winning entries. This time around, snappers were asked to submit images that captured the reality of working life in cities around the world – which is exactly what they've acheived. From Doha to Manchester, Pyongyang to Tokyo, the sheer breadth of the urban experience on display is breathtaking.

The winner of the the competiton was Marius Vieth's Mask of Society, a picture of a woman changing the display in a high-end jewellery shop, though predictably our favourite was Chirs Jongkind's photo of the last train of the night on the Tokyo subway. No matter, each picture is a reminder of why cities are the things that make the human experience so wonderful. Pats on the back all round, say we.

See all the finalisits here.








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