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Made in Britain Photography Awards

09 May 2012

Professional and amateur photographers of all ages are invited to focus their cameras on British manufacturing to enter the Engineering Employers' Federation's (EEF's) Made in Britain Photography Awards. Winners will share a prize fund of £5,000 worth of photographic equipment from headline sponsor Canon and gain national recognition at a Westminster awards reception in December 2012.

Mike Brookes Roper's winning entry for the 2011 competition
Mike Brookes Roper's winning entry for the 2011 competition

The awards are free to enter in three categories: professional, amateur and young people (14-19). EEF is seeking images of modern manufacturing that capture British products, components or processes. This could be anything from turbines to silicon chips, or could portray any part of the journey in inventing, designing or making British products.

“There's a boldness and beauty to British manufacturing that we're looking to capture through stunning photography," said Terry Scuoler, EEF chief executive. "Our aim is to give British manufacturing greater visibility and to challenge the myth that 'Britain doesn't make anything anymore'."

The government's Make it in Great Britain campaign is also backing the awards. Business Minister Mark Prisk said: "Manufacturing is a creative and innovative industry. EEF's Manufacturing Photography Awards will help raise awareness of how interesting and dynamic the industry is, while tackling outdated perceptions.

"The Awards complement the work of the Government's very own Make it in Great Britain and See Inside Manufacturing campaigns. Together they are working to transform the image of modern manufacturing, especially in the eyes of young people, and demonstrate the career opportunities available. I wish all entrants the best of luck in the competition."

EEF has also teamed up with the Associate Parliamentary Group, which is encouraging businesses that support its Made by Britain initiative to open up their facilities to photographers wishing to enter the award.

Nikki Paine, Manufacturing Business Development Manager, Canon UK & Europe, said: “Canon’s sponsorship of the Made in Britain competition is part of our ongoing commitment to the manufacturing industry, and valued partnership with the EEF.  A picture can speak a thousand words, and Canon is pleased to support the industry’s efforts to change perceptions of manufacturing, and showcase its inherent spirit of innovation, through the power of the image.”

Other awards partners include, The Times newspaper; ERA Foundation; The Guild of Photographers; The Digital Asset Lab and The Manufacturer magazine.

The closing date is September 28 2012, with entries shortlisted by a national panel of photographic and industry experts in October and winners announced at a special ceremony in Westminster in December. The gallery of winning and shortlisted images will be showcased throughout 2013.


2011 runner up Ray Troll's photograph
2011 runner up Ray Troll's photograph

Enter online here.

Last year's winners

Mike Brookes Roper of Skerray, near Thurso, Scotland National Winner, Best photograph by a professional photographer, for his image of the base of a  150kW Tidal Turbine now in operation in the Moray Firth, Scotland. The judges said: "This  powerful image of a contemporary industry is well composed and makes good use of lighting, producing a very striking photograph."  Mike was runner-up in last year's competition.

Ray Troll, Runner up, Best photograph by a professional photographer, for his image of the Taranis aircraft, named after the Celtic God of thunder. Commissioned by the Ministry of Defence and unveiled at BAE Systems’ Warton facility in Lancashire, Taranis shows a glimpse of what could be the future of UK airpower.

It is designed to prove the ability of a low observable unmanned combat aircraft system to deliver both long-range reconnaissance and to provide a deep strike capability in a hostile environment. The judges said: "This is a well-executed image of an awesome and inspiring product, manufactured by one of the UK’s premier companies. The location of this image is both high tech and exciting, a hidden gem of UK manufacturing." Credit Ray Troll

Mark Tomlinson, National Winner, Best photograph by an amateur photographer, works at Sheffield Forgemansters and won the same category in last year's competition. His photograph is of ‘5 Press’ at Sheffield Forgemasters.

This colossal 10,000 tonne open die forge has been operating for over 40 years and is still capable of producing some of the largest and most technically demanding forgings in the world today. The image shows a 170 tonne plate mill roll being forged at around 1200°C. The judges said: "This is a very powerful and well exposed image, demonstrating excellent control of the heat and light elements. The subject is a UK hero of manufacturing, a global leader in its field, combining high tech and a strong heritage."  Credit Mark Tomlinson

17-year-old Adam Cox, National Winner, Best photograph by a young person (14-19), chose to photograph a signal manufactured from 73% reclaimed material, 92% recyclable at end of life & lowest in class power consumption by AGD Systems in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The judges said: "This young photographer demonstrated a good eye with a well-executed image, giving depth and dimension. It is well controlled and delivers impact. The hero product saves lives every day and is made of recycled material." Credit Adam Cox

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