Exhibition - 26th June – 14th July 2023

Stone & Vision Awards 2023


Exchange Square. Photo © Tom Rothery

This is a photographic award seeking images which excite and promote discussion about stone and terrazzo in the built environment.

Exhibition of shortlisted images
26th June – 14th July 2023
The Building Centre, London WC1E 7BT

Winners were announced on the Awards evening 29th June 2023

Winners 2023


Marcus Baron
Swimming pool. Portugal

The interaction of water and
stone, with the effects of light,
can create a magical experience.
The light interacts with the water’s
surface and with the stone
elements it creates a symphony
of colour, and sparkle.


Simon Hunter
Stone Theatre
The Shining Stones of Britain

A single Ledmore Grey marble
slab being hoisted within
the processing yard.The
classical background, a scene
from Verona adds to the
unmistakable beauty.


Leo Leung
Maccreanor Lavington
Umayyad Palace, Jordan

The image was taken inside an
8th century ruin located at the
Amman Citadel. The historic
site has been carefully restored
and damaged walls were infilled
with new limestone pieces with
original detailing.


Zipu Zhu
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Moments of Ponder

View looking down from the top
of the Museum of Civilizations
of Europe and the Mediterranean
in Marseille, France. These
viewpoint “moments” in the
architecture also draw people
to look out unexpectedly.

2023 Shortlist


Luke Pearce
Part I Architecture Graduate


Alan Whittingham
AD Architects


Emma Flanagan


Leo Leung
Maccreanor Lavington

Justin-Nicholls-A-Bodleian-Library crop-Oxford

Justin Nicholls
Fathom Architects


Marcus Baron


Jack Ayre
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Leo Leung
Maccreanor Lavington


Tom Wells
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris


Marcus Baron


Mike Gibson
Eldridge London


Mike Gibson
Eldridge London


Adam Fothergill
Assael Architecture


John Holroyd
Donald Insall Associates


Simon Hunter
Stone Theatre


Justin Nicholls
Fathom Architects


Adam Fothergill
Assael Architecture


Emma Flanagan


Emma Flanagan


Zipu Zhu
Allford Hall Monaghan

Submission guidelines & official rules

Dates & Location

Submission deadline: 5th May 2023

The shortlisted images will be exhibited as printed A3 panels from 26th June – 14th July 2023 in the Building Centre, London.

The winners will be announced at the Awards evening, Thursday 29th June 2023.


We are seeking images which excite and show an imagination in the photography and the subject matter. The photographs can be abstract or a full building, as long as they depict stone or terrazzo. We are also interested in sustainability and recycling, for example images of terrazzo or buildings which have been given a new lease of life by their use of material.

A. Commercial  including workplace, retail, leisure, education and public buildings

B. Landscape public or private spaces

C. Private buildings this can be a private house or a small project

Further information

This award is open to architects, landscape architects, interior designers and architecture students in the UK.
Each image entered into the Awards must be submitted electronically through the InOpera Link.
Each Entrant is permitted to submit up two images in each category, with a possible 6 images entered in total.


Copyright, remains with the photographer but agrees for InOpera to use the images for all their marketing purposes including press.



The In Opera Stone & Vision Awards 2023 will be hosted by In Opera Group’s MD, Enzo Favro, alongside Isabella Saveska, Head of Sales and Operations at In Opera Group.

We are excited to introduce the 2023 panel of judges, who are all leading figures in the world of architecture.


Amin Taha

Amin Taha was born in Berlin, lived in Baghdad, Southend-on-Sea before London where he hasn’t moved much. He is currently chairperson at Groupwork Employee Ownership Trust, teaches and lectures on architecture, has sat for seven years with the RIBA’s National and International Awards jury, and more recently joined the Sir John Soane Museum as a trustee. Groupwork’s Clerkenwell Close quarry finished limestone exoskeleton was shortlisted for the RIBA’s 2021 Stirling Prize.

Harriet Bourne

BBUK Studio
After a career in fashion, Harriet Bourne studied landscape architecture and worked in a number of practices before establishing her practice, BBUK, in 2002. From inception the practice has taken on a wide range of projects ranging from masterplanning and streetscape design guidance, residential and mixed use commercial schemes, public parks and open spaces through to educational buildings and private gardens. Since the studio’s inception BBUK have won many awards for their work including the Stirling Prize in 2019 for Goldsmith Street.

Katerina Dionysopoulou

Bureau de Change
Katerina Dionysopoulou worked for Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio prior to co-founding Bureau de Change Architects with Billy Mavropoulos. The studio is a direct product of the founders’ upbringing, passions and experiences – combining the pragmatism and formality of their architectural training with a desire to bring a sense of theatre, playfulness and innovation to their work. Bureau de Change has won numerous awards from the FX Breakthrough Talent of the year 2016 to the Sunday Times Architect of the Year award 2019 and was most recently shortlisted for the RIBA Awards 2020. Katerina teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Phil Coffey

Coffey Architects
Phil Coffey founded Coffey Architects in 2005 to pursue a passion for architecture, natural light, and the environment. He is a hands-on studio leader and enjoys the process of building strong client relationships to deliver exceptional projects, both large and small that inspire and delight. Phil’s involvement runs from design conception through to completion. He has led Coffey Architects to win numerous major design awards and recognitions. Phil is a regular contributor to the debate on architecture and urbanism, including public speaking and written and broadcast commentary for press.

Timothy Soar

Architectural Photographer
Timothy Soar started making architectural photographs on large format film in the 1980’s. He has run photography workshops at his own studios in Cumbria and London, teaching large format and digital techniques. He has been featured in numerous photography magazines and been a regular contributor to The Architects’ Journal and Architecture Today Magazine.  He has photographed architecture from Seattle to Sydney and has worked with 3 Pritzker Prize Winners, 5 Stirling Prize winners, 7 RIBA Gold Medal Winners and 9 Stirling Prize Nominees.

Organiser & Sponsor

In Opera Group is a leading specialist in terrazzo, resin agglomerate and one of the largest natural stone and mosaic suppliers in the UK, complemented with a full range of architectural porcelain tiles and slabs. The company comprises the largest factories and manufacturers in the sector based in Italy, Portugal and the Balkan Peninsula. It has worked closely with the architectural firms in charge of projects, such as Heathrow and Gatwick International Airports, Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Academy of Arts and other iconic sites and buildings across the UK.



1. Information
1.1 By entering the InOpera Stone & Vision Awards each of the entrant agrees to be bound by these terms.
1.2 The award is open only to practising architects, landscape architects, interior designers and architecture students in the UK.
1.3 Each image entered into the Awards must be submitted electronically through the InOpera Link.
1.4 The Closing Date for the Awards is 5th May 2023
1.5 Each Entrant is permitted to submit up two images in each category, with a possible 6 images entered in total.

2. The Judging Process
2.1 The judging is performed by a panel of independent judges (the “Judges”). The Judges are selected by the Admin and are appointed to their role by the Admin.
2.2 Once the Admin has presented the vetted folders of Entries to the Judges, the Judges decide (in their sole discretion) on the Entries that score highest in each category. These Entries are stored securely during the judging process.
2.3 Notification to an Entrant that an Image submitted by that Entrant has been selected for an award is done in the strictest confidence. Entrants are forbidden to disclose any details of any winning Entries to any third party in any way until the Admin grants that Entrant written permission to do so, or until the Admin makes a public announcement that identifies that Entrant’s Entry as a winning Entry (if earlier).

3. File Upload Specifications
3.1 All Entries must be submitted in digital JPEG format, A3+ 300dpi hi resolution, vertical/portrait format.
3.2 It is the responsibility of the Entrant to ensure that each Entry meets with the requirements by saving the files with no watermarks, stencil, borders or signatures on the Image file itself.
3.3 Entries deemed by the Admin in its sole discretion to have been entered into an incorrect category may be moved to an appropriate category without giving notice to the Entrant.
3.4 Images entered into the Awards do not have to have been taken in the Award year, and can be from any time in the past.

4. Caption Submissions
4.1 A caption (the “Caption”) must be submitted with every Entry into the Awards.
4.2 Captions must include background information about the Entry, such as any motivations the Entrant may have held for the Image and special circumstances surrounding the moment and/or Image.

5. Image Rights
5.1 All Images must be in the sole and exclusive ownership of the Entrant and must not infringe on the copyright of any other party.
5.2 The copyright in respect of each Image will remain with the entrant before and after submission to the Awards, with rights granted for InOpera to use for all their marketing purposes, including press.
5.3 The entrant will be credited in any instance of publication in any media form using their name as provided by that Entrant in their submission(s).
5.4 The entrant agrees to grant the Admin a non-exclusive Licence (the “Licence”) to reproduce, publish and exhibit the copyright owner’s Images upon entering the Awards.
5.5 The Licence applies to instances that directly or indirectly involve the Awards, including, but not limited to, displaying of the photographs at public events, usage by the Admin on the InOpera website, for publicity, in email transmission, in print media, and Admin operated social media.
5.6 The Licence will also extend to instances where the Admin requires the transmission of copyrighted material for the printing of publicity posters, banners or leaflets and guides as well as associated publicity.
5.7 The Entrant gives permission for the Admin to send the copyright owner’s Entry (image files and Captions) to the Award’s Judges to facilitate the judging process.
5.8 In cases of inadvertent unaccredited disclosure to the public of any material the Admin can take no responsibility. The Admin will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the Licence is not breached by accidental disclosure of Images to the public.

6. Ethical Requirements
6.1 The Admin respects the rights of nature, and laws of the United Kingdom. As such, any and all breaches of the laws of the United Kingdom may be grounds for disqualification from the Awards.
6.2 Each Entrant retains full responsibility for obtaining any permissions needed to display the content of their Image in the Awards, or on the InOpera website. This includes abiding by national and international law, seeking permits and permissions for accessing the land on which the photograph was taken and the rights to any and all brands, faces or persons featured in the Entry being legally sought. The Admin accepts no responsibility for those Entrants that fail to comply with this and shall be held harmless by the Entrant for any liabilities associated with such infractions.
6.3 All Entrants must ensure their submissions have been ethically obtained. This includes respect for nature, habitat, animals, personal property and trespass laws.

7. Data Protection
7.1 All personal data, as defined under the Data Protection Act 2018, collected by the Admin will be managed and protected in accordance of the Data Protection Acts of 1998 and 2018.
7.2 Personal data will be collected in a way pertinent to the facilitating of the Awards, and event as laid out on the electronic submission form.
7.3 The Entrant’s contact email addresses and name data will be stored and added to a mailing list that will solely involve the Awards and event activity.
7.4 Entrants may contact the Admin at any time to delete or update that Entrant’s details on the Admin’s record using lorna@inoperagroup.com
7.5 If any Entrant wishes to unsubscribe from the mailing list, this facility will be made available to them and the Entrant should send this request to lorna@inoperagroup.com