Most of this year’s winning images center on the daily movement of human bodies on construction sites: Some are shown swinging in buckets past hole-punctured walls, while others are caught clinging to scaffolding at heart-stopping heights. ENR’s judges chose photographs showing workers welding, torquing and climbing through the frame—bringing life to inanimate spaces.
The judges also selected works of simple beauty, such as the painted tips of rebar that resemble colorful bundles of flowers or a row of piles turned alien by metallic shades of blue and warm rust tones. But most embody the theme of people on jobsites, from an ironworker guiding a girder to window washers hanging over Manhattan.
The thousands of bodies at work right now in the construction sector are a welcome indicator of the industry’s continuing economic rebound in 2015. Engineering News-Record’s Year in Construction Photo Contest is a snapshot—or 37—of that forward motion. See Slideshow.