Concrete in Life

Introducing the GCCA global photography competition


Welcome to the first edition of the GCCA “Concrete in Life” global photography competition.

As one of the most widely used man-made products on the planet, concrete is all around us: in our houses and offices; our roads and pavements; in the bridges that connect us; the windfarms that provide us with energy; and the sea barriers that protect us. 

With this competition, we want to inspire you to celebrate the vital role that concrete plays in our world, its versatility, strength and durability.

The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers alike, and entrants can submit their photos into three categories:

Urban design and use #UrbanConcrete 
Images of the city landscapes and buildings around us, both well-known and hidden away – from the Sydney Opera House to the tower block you might have grown up in.

Practical concrete #PracticalConcrete
Photographs of our infrastructure, in our cities and rural areas, above and below ground: highways, bridges, airports, stations and dams, let’s celebrate the concrete buildings supporting and enabling our vibrant lifestyles.

Small scale application #SmallScaleConcrete
From the provision of a water tank for a village to an urban sculpture, to a new kitchen worktop, you can enter all images that showcase concrete as an intrinsic part of our lives.


One professional and one amateur winner will be chosen from each category, with one of the finalists receiving the overall Best “Concrete in Life” Photo of the Year prize.

The overall Best “Concrete in Life” Photo of the Year winner will win a $10,000 prize and a trip to join the Photography Competition Awards Dinner at the GCCA conference in Singapore on 10th October.

Each of the five remaining amateur and professional winners will each win a $2,500 prize.

How to enter

Post a photograph on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ConcreteInLife and then include the hashtag for the category that you want to enter:


Read the full T&Cs here

The competition is open until 11 September 2019.

Good Luck!

The Judges

John Fairley, Photographer and Creative Director of Curious Productions
With over 25 years’ experience as a Designer, Art Director and Creative Director, John has overseen and integrated, award-winning advertising campaigns across emerging channels, TV, print, digital and social, as well as leading rebranding and design for large-scale, corporate identity systems.

Gian Luca Barone, Senior Associate of Zaha Hadid Architects
As a project architect, Gian led a key part of the exhibition component within Cairo Expo City, in addition to working on Milan City Life Tower, the headquarters of Fendi and the winning design for the Riyadh Metro Station competition.

Benjamin Sporton, Chief Executive of the GCCA
Benjamin leads the efforts of the GCCA to drive advances in sustainable construction, working to enhance the cement and concrete industry’s contribution to a variety of global, social and developmental challenges.

Header photograph by Daniel Oculus ‘NY Landscape’