Fotó: Kolossa Tamás /

National monuments through fresh eyes

An architectural photo contest was declared by the Association of Hungarian Architects with the Hungarian Ministry. The task was to take photos of five places of interest in Budapest with a totally new attitude, "through fresh eyes".
The five places are the following:
- The Main Square of the Nation (rebuilt Kossuth Square)
- Reconstructed Várkert Bazár (Castle Bazaar)
- Recently renovated Main Building of the Ludovika Academy
- Renewed Vigadó
- Reconstructed Academy of Music
The award-giving ceremony took place on 2 June 2014 with the participation of Tamás Gergely Kucsera, secretary general of MMA and altogether fifty professional and amateur photographers were recognized. In each of the five categories three persons were awarded and there was a public award as well. The prizes amounted to almost 3 million HUF (9700 euros). The jury consisted of photographers regarded as from among the best ones in Hungary. The main patron of the contest was Dr Balázs Fürjes, Government Commissioner of major investments in Budapest.
The works of the contestants can be seen here.
2014 is a special year in Hungarian architecture. This year is the bicentenary of the birth of Miklós Ybl, one of Europe's leading architects in the mid to late 19th century as well as Hungary's most influential architect during his career. His most well-known works include the Hungarian State Opera House (1884) and St. Stephen's Basilica (1905). Also 2014 is the year of Hungarian Architecture Series.
June 25, 2014