Urban Photographer of the Year

CBRE’s Urban Photographer of the Year competition has just published a selection of this year’s winning images.

Celebrating the cultural diversity of urban life, 21,000 incredible images from 113 countries were entered into the contest.

Categories included ‘Mobile’, ‘Young Person’, and ‘Regional’, as well as the intriguing ‘Hourly’ section, which showcases the best photographs taken at each hour of the day.

The overall winner, Oscar Rialubin’s ‘Xyclops’ is a dramatic black and white photograph of a man at work.

Take a look at some of the winners here and let us know your favourites.

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A Night in the Paris Catacombs

Airbnb are hosting one creepy competition for two lucky people to sleep over in ‘the world’s largest grave’. On Halloween.

The catacombs of Paris, which are home to over six million human remains, has had a section nicely revamped with a candlelit dining area and spacious double bed.

Along with the unique opportunity to sleep over in the supernatural suite, the prize includes the trip to and from Paris, breakfast and dinner, and even a private tour of the Catacombs themselves.

To enter, all you need to do is write a 100 word story about why you think you’ve got what it takes to stay in the ancient burial ground overnight.

Other requirements include the following: “Please respect the Catacombs as you would your own grave. Don’t forget your toothbrush and pajamas. Bonus points if they glow in the dark.”

Read more about this Halloween special here and tell us if you’re brave enough to enter the competition.

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The search is on for the new Milk Tray Man

After 13 years off our screens, the Milk Tray Man is back, celebrating Milk Tray’s 100th anniversary.

Cadbury is searching for its latest James Bond-inspired ‘Man in Black’ to take over the important role, which has seen the hero experience death-defying stunts – all to deliver a box of chocolates to one lucky lady.

The chocolate manufacturer’s competition is open to all types of men; from small to tall, large or thin, entrants just need to ‘thrive on adventure, welcome the limelight and above all else, go the extra mile to make a certain someone feel special’.

The six week campaign will be multi-platform, including a new design for the iconic selection box.

Watch the video below and if you think you have got what it takes, apply here.

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#PasteRoadTrip photography contest

If you’re a road trip regular or you simply enjoy the holiday season, this photography contest is for you.

With summer in full swing, Paste Travel has launched a fortnightly contest through social media.

Anyone can enter the competition: all you need to do is follow @PasteTravel and post your best and most original travel shots on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PasteRoadTrip.

Find out more about the competition here and tell us if you’ll be entering.

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World Interior of the Year shortlist unveiled

The shortlist for World Interior of the Year 2015 has been revealed, showcasing all sorts of innovative, inspiring, and unique interior designs.

The awards, organised by INSIDE World Festival of Interiors, celebrate fantastic design in nine categories, including Creative Re-use, Display, and Hotels.

Fifty projects have been shortlisted; our favourites include the colourful Medibank Workplace (pictured) and the striking New Rock World Ktv in China.

Take a look at the complete list of shortlisted project here and tell us for which ones you would vote.

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Natural design for Ecole Polytechnique

Sou Fujimoto Architects has revealed its competition-winning proposal for a Paris campus.

The firm teamed up with local architects Manal Rachdi Oxo and Nicolas Laisné Associates for its Ecole Polytechnique design.

Based at the Université Paris-Saclay campus, the building unites six prestigious Parisian schools: a grand atrium will be full of greenery, with a glazed façade opening out to the park, connecting with nature and fostering a sense of openness.

The team said “the building is seen as an open space revealing the activities taking place in its heart and stands as an architectural and academic emblem of the future neighbourhood”.

Have a closer look at the designs here and let us know what you think.

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Call for entries: World Architecture Festival 2015

WAF awardsThe 8th World Architecture Festival Awards has opened its call for entries.

Architects and designers can now enter this year’s WAF Awards, which will take place in Singapore.

Described as ‘the biggest architectural awards programme in the world’, WAF is expecting to receive more than 750 entries.

This year’s judges include Royal Gold Medallist Sir Peter Cook, Sou Fujimoto, Kerry Hill, and Manuelle Gautrand.

They will deliver a shortlist in early June 2015.

Find out more about the WAF Awards here.

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