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GCCA launches competition to showcase vital role of concrete

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The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has launched a new ‘Concrete in Life’ global photography competition. Open to professional and amateur photographers via social media, the competition aims to showcase the vital role the concrete plays in our world.

This includes encouraging people to look at how concrete is being used in the world around them. The competition has three categories:

  • Urban design and use – the city landscapes and buildings around us.
  • Practical concrete – infrastructure in cities and rural areas, above and below ground.
  • Small scale concrete – from provision of a water tank for a village or an urban sculpture, to a new kitchen worktop, all images that showcase concrete as an intrinsic part of people’s lives.

Entrants can enter by posting a picture that they have taken on Instagram or Twitter using #ConcreteinLife, whilst also using the hashtag for the category they would like to enter. These are #UrbanConcrete, #PracticalConcrete, and #SmallScaleConcrete.

The judging panel of photography and industry experts will select a professional and amateur winner from each category, as well as one overall ‘Best Concrete in Life’ photo of the year winner from the six finalists. The overall winner will win a US$10 000 prize, as well as the chance to join an awards dinner at the GCCA Conference in Singapore on 10 October 2019. Each of the five remaining amateur and professional winners will each win a US$2500 prize.

The competition judges are: John Fairley, Photographer and Creative Director of Curious Productions; Gian Luca Barone, Senior Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects; and Benjamin Sporton, Chief Executive of the GCCA.

The GCCA has noted that, as one of the most widely-used man-made materials on the planet, concrete can be found all around us: in the houses we live in and the offices we work in, the roads we drive on and the pavements we walk along, in the bridges that connect us, the windfarms that provide us with energy, and the sea barriers that protect us.

The GCCA is working to highlight how concrete is a resilient, versatile, innovative, and often beautiful building material that shapes the world we live in today. The association is also working to ensure it is a sustainable, safe, and durable solution for the needs of future generations.

“This competition is a great opportunity to show the world what we at the GCCA already know – that concrete is a versatile, innovative, and essential building block for our society,” said Sporton. “We hope that the entrants will be inspired by the myriad ways in which it is being used all over the world.”

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