This is a sponsored article on behalf of Picture the City.
The City of London is infinitely photogenic — as proved by the thousands of photographers who took part in the recent Picture the City competition.
Launched by the City of London Corporation, Picture the City invited Londoners to embrace the everyday and explore the Square Mile, as lockdown began to ease.
Over 2,000 entries — posted on Instagram using #PictureTheCity — were judged by an expert panel, including renowned British street photographer Nick Turpin, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and former Guildhall artist-in-residence Hannah Starkey — and up-and-coming street photographers Emmanuel Cole (@ecolephoto) and Heather Cole (@geminatrix).
Take a look at the winners and runners-up from the competition's four categories: Architecture in the City; the City Community; Lights of the City; Nature in the City.
Nick Turpin awarded the Architecture category to @mr.artur.naumov's photo of the Millennium Bridge, with the City rising behind it, saying: "This image has a nice atmosphere, the elements are arranged nicely across the frame creating a pleasing balance.
"It shows the City in the context of the Thames and wider London, and the huge scale of the City is emphasised by a single well placed figure."
The Light winner was captured by @streetannalyzer, and shows a cyclist illuminated by a serendipitous heavenly ray.
Judge Heather Cole says: "This photograph could be ordinary, but the light elevates it to another level. A moment in time framed by light and perfectly executed by the photographer."
@britttimmerman's image of the Barbican reflected in a lily pond won the Nature category, as well as the overall Grand Prize. Judge Emmanuel Cole says: "I selected this image mainly for its originality. I’m a big fan of the Barbican and have never seen someone take a photo of it in this sort of way.
"The reflection of the building accompanied by the touch of nature that runs through the middle of the frame is genius!"
Want to see the stunning pictures blown up nice and big? All winning Picture the City shots are displayed on the external screens of the City of London Information Centre at St. Paul's Churchyard from 23 August - 19 September.