40 Incredible Panoramas of Buildings and Cityscapes

Each of these gorgeous photos tells a story about human ingenuity and imagination

Jack Shepherd
Dec 1, 2020 · 5 min read

hether it’s the imposing geometric forms of a grand and impressive building or the quaint idiosyncrasies of a rustic cottage, a gifted photographer can give even the uninitiated an appreciation of architecture. And this is especially true when these human interventions are set against a natural environment that provides color and texture, bringing the building to life in a new context.

The Epson International Pano Awards, now in its 11th year, is celebrating these achievements with a category devoted to excellence in panoramic photographs of built environments. From the dazzling ceiling of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris to the night lights of New York City to an old windmill in Toledo, Spain, each of these stunning panoramas finds a way to bring out the symmetry and beauty of an architect’s design, the spectacular contours of a cityscape, or the striking contrast of a man-made object and its natural environment.

“Night Palace,” by Juan Lopez Ruiz

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Madrid, Spain.

“The Mysterious Fortress,” by Juan Lopez Ruiz

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Toledo, Spain.

“Paris Sainte-Chapelle,” by Pietro Madaschi

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Paris, France.

“Summer in Hallstatt,” by Daniel Trippolt

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Hallstatt, Austria.

“The Giant,” by Ivan Ferrero

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An old windmill in Toledo, Spain.

“The Church of the Sea,” by Julio Castro Pardo

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Virxe do Porto chuch, Valdoviño, Spain.

“The Tower,” by Daniel Trippolt

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L’île d’Or, France.

“Startrails Over Austria,” by Daniel Trippolt

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Saualpe, Carinthia, Austria.

“The Octagon Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II,” by Pietro Madaschi

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Milan, Italy.

“Vågan Kirke,” by Jose Antonio Mateos

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Kabelvåg, Norway.

“Harbin Opera House,” by Yaping Zhang

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Harbin, China.

“Apocalypse,” by Juan Lopez Ruiz

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Toledo, Spain.

“Monastery in Morning Fog,” by Petr Ushanov

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Kirillov Monastery, Vologda Region, Russia.

“Civita Bird’s Eye,” by Stefan Thaler

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Civita di Bagnoregio, Latium, Italy.

“Walkway to Light,” by Tomas Sanchez Ruiz

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Reine, Lofoten Islands, Norway.

“A Portrait of Inspiration,” by Som Roy

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Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali, Indonesia.

“Night Lights of New York,” by Swee Choo Oh

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Taken from the Empire State Building, New York, USA.

“Marina Bay Bluehour,” by Ye Naing Wynn

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Singapore.

“Lighthouse,” by Carlos F. Turienzo

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Azores, Porutgal.

“The Island,” by Ivan Ferrero

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Toledo, Spain.

“Road to the Lighthouse,” by Marc Marco

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Mallorca, Spain.

“Christmas in the Rockies,” by Jacques McGregor

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BC, Canada.

“Starry Night in Caudilla,” by Luis Cajete

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Santo Domingo-Caudilla, Toledo, Spain.

“Leptis Magna,” by Marsel van Oosten

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Libya.

“White Bamboo,” by Piriya Wongkongkathep

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Kyoto, Japan.

“Four Seasons,” by Ovi D. Pop

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Carei, Romania.

“Dot Matrix,” by Mathew Browne

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London, England.

“Floating Island,” by Carsten Bachmeyer

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Venice, Italy.

“Over the Cloud,” by C.P. Lau

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Hong Kong.

“Desert Storm,” by Sebastian Tontsch

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Dubai, U.A.E.

“Sunrise Over Venice,” by Carsten Bachmeyer

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Venice, Italy.

“The HDB,” by Jason Denning

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Singapore.

“Stahlraum 10,” by Jesús M.Chamizo

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Madrid, Spain.

“National Palace Mall Medellin,” by Eric Nathan

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Medellin, Colombia.

“Phu My Bridge in Ho Chi Minh City,” by Tuan Nguyen Tan

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

“Bo-Kaap,” by Grant Hutchison

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Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa.

“Between the Fog,” by Di Lu

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Qingdao, China.

“Adriatic,” by Julien Duval

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Rovinj, Croatia.

“Venice Sunrise,” by Carsten Bachmeyer

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Venice, Italy.

“The Kraken,” by Mara Leite

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Porto, Portugal.

You can find more winning photographs from the 11th Epson International Pano Awards here.

Sharks and Spades

“That unsounded ocean you gasp in is life; those sharks, your foes; those spades, your friends.”

Jack Shepherd

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Formerly editorial director @BuzzFeed. Currently editor @Tenderly and writer at large. Email: JackAShepherd at gmail

Sharks and Spades

A different kind of publication for interesting, amusing, or enlightening stories from around the Web, with an emphasis on anything that will surprise and delight in a time where those qualities are too often scarce.

Jack Shepherd

Written by

Formerly editorial director @BuzzFeed. Currently editor @Tenderly and writer at large. Email: JackAShepherd at gmail

Sharks and Spades

A different kind of publication for interesting, amusing, or enlightening stories from around the Web, with an emphasis on anything that will surprise and delight in a time where those qualities are too often scarce.

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