American photographer Elliott Erwitt once said, “The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.” That's probably why we were left speechless by the finalists for the recent Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards.

Each year, Arcaid celebrates the art of the still image by having a panel of accomplished practitioners and curators pick the very best photo out of submissions sent in from shutterbugs around the world.

Check out this year's honorees below. And if you're feeling inspired, follow this link to enter a pic in the next competition.

The Winner

This year's winning entry was submitted by Matt Emmett, a British photographer who specializes in shooting abandoned or forgotten places. His subject for the Arcaid award was a covered reservoir in London that he captured as a dizzying labyrinth of gaping apertures and sloping gangways.

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Runners Up

Among the runners-up was Nick Almasy, a photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand. His shot of China's Shanghai Tower presents the mega-skyscraper as a modern Tower of Babel stretching far into the heavens.

Nick Almasy Photograph

Swiss photographer Adrien Barakat's shot of the Allianz Headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland juxtaposes the smallness of the human body with the vastness of the human imagination.

Adrien Barakat

The muddled subjects in the forefront of German photographer T.A. Hoffman's entry captures the bustle of Mumbai, India.

Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

Spanish photographer Victor Romero found harmony between nature and civilization in the mirrored color palette captured in his shot of Azerbaijan's Baku National Stadium.

Victor Romero

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