CBRE has launched its global Urban Photographer of they Year competition, themed “Cities at Work.”

This year’s theme revolves around the massive changes occurring in cities across the globe, including the design of unconventional workplaces, an increase public space and the integration of work that doesn’t necessarily require a suit and tie.

According to a release issued by CBRE, this year’s entrants are asked to “capture the essence and reality of the working life of a city, with all of its beauty and day to day routine.”

The competition, which is free to enter, is in its’ eighth year and is open to both professional and amateur photographers. Each entrant can submit up to 24 images, or one to represent each hour of the day.

“The competition has grown year-on-year capturing the imagination and successfully showcasing the skills of the international photography community,” said CBRE chief executive officer Martin Samworth. “Entries continue to provide unique insights into the individual character of cities around the world and expand our understanding of daily interaction with the built environment. I would encourage both professional and amateur photographers to enter the competition and take the ‘Cities at Work’ brief to new heights this year.”

Graeme Edwards, Escherlike

2012 runner-up: Graeme Edwards, Escherlike

Tom Southern, President and CEO of CBRE Australia & New Zealand is keen for a local winner.

“Last year hundreds of Australia and New Zealand photographers entered the competition. This is a great competition to be able to showcase some of our outstanding cities and I’d love for a Pacific entry to take the title this year,” he said.

In 2012, Australian photographer Graeme Edwards came second for his Escherlike photograph. It was taken indoors in downtown Melbourne and showcases a venue with multiple levels and interweaving staircases reflected through mirrored and tiled columns.

CBRE’s UK arm said it is looking beyond technical excellence and for the observer to tell a story.

“The most straight forward explanation is ‘if you look at an image and it could inspire you to write the first line of a novel then it is the kind of image we are looking for?’” CBRE said.

The theme also encourages entrants to challenge the jurors’ understanding of the urban environment.

“We welcome both indoor and outdoor images, anything that displays how humans interact with the built environment,” the UK firm said. “With the rapid growth of many cities it will be of increasing importance and interest to document the changes to the urban environment, including technology. Photography is the perfect way to create a record of innovation and changes in our cities.”

Entrants encouraged to capture working

Entrants are encouraged to capture working in the built environment

Last year’s first place winner was Mark French. His photo, entitled “Looking good at work” showed a bus driver checking his reflecting during the morning rush hour in Hong Kong. Other past winners have included cycling commuters, a copper tradesman and shoeshines in New York.

The winner of the 2014 competition will win a luxury photo safari at one of a range of exotic locations. Contest entries close on August 8, 2014.