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Silver 2019 Fine Art / Abstract

Beautiful Baku

  • Photographer
    Christiaan Van Heijst
  • Prize
    Silver in Fine Art / Abstract

The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center is one of the most eye catching and striking architectural buildings in the rapidly developing capital of Azerbaijan. Finished in 2013, it was meant as a symbol of Azerbaijan's future that broke away from Soviet rule in 1991. The flow of modernism, elegance and ambition that characterises this building are typical for the direction Azerbaijan is aiming for in the future that awaits this fascinating country.

Born and raised in The Netherlands in 1983, I was fascinated by natural light in all its forms since a young age. Now working as a pilot, flying all over the world, I always have my camera with me to immortalize the world around me, be it from the cockpit or at destinations that I am fortunate to visit. Capturing moments that have never been seen before and will never be seen again with eye for light, composition and mood.