Capturing the essence of concrete

It’s that time of year again where you can share your favourite concrete image with the world with the potential to be paid for it.

The annual Concrete in Life photography competition is open now and gives anyone the opportunity to win US$10,000. There are four categories to choose from: urban design; concrete infrastructure; concrete in daily life; and beauty and design. The winner of each category will also receive US$2500.

Hosted by the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), last year’s competition attracted more than 14,000 entries from around the world of dams, sea defences, bridges, roads, subway stations, public buildings, and more.

GCCA says concrete is one of the most widely used human-made products on the planet and goes on to explain the characteristics of our favourite material:

“Concrete is all around us: in our houses and offices; our roads and pavements; in the bridges that connect us; the wind farms that provide us with energy; and the sea barriers that protect us, GCCA says. 

“As the sustainable building material of choice, it provides safe, durable, and resilient structures as well as providing the basis for renewable energy infrastructure.”

To enter the competition, upload your photo to Instagram or X (Twitter) using the hashtag #ConcreteInLife2023 and include the category and where the photo was taken. Entrants can submit a photo in each category if they wish and alternatively email the entry to

The deadline is 15 November 2023. A shortlist will be revealed later this year and the winners announced in 2024 along with a People’s Choice award.

Image: Selvika National Tourist Route in Finland by Reiulf Ramstad (not a GCCA entry).

About the author

Desi Corbett

Desi is our weekly news journalist and the editor of Concrete in Australia magazine for 10 years. She has been heavily involved in all forms of engineering since 2013; part of a 30-year writing career across a range of subjects and media.