Something is changing in construction photography. The pictures are getting strikingly better. That's the only conclusion we could come to after our panel of judges finished reviewing the 1,564 entries to ENR's 2012, The Year in Construction Photo Contest. Not only did the judges give their highest marks to far more images than ever before, but the second- and third-place finishers were almost equally impressive.
The photos are evaluated by a fresh panel of judges each year. They examine every photo, together, in a room. They base their decisions purely on the images. They do not know the names of the photographers nor their companies; they just vote yes when they like what they see and go through several rounds of refinement. (See p. 4 for more on the process.)