EEF photo competition to show the beauty of manufacturing

Posted on 23 Jul 2014 by Callum Bentley

Photographers of all ages are invited to train their lenses on British manufacturing in the EEF Made in Britain Photography Awards competition.

Winners will share a prize fund of £5000 worth of photographic equipment from lead sponsor Canon.

The awards are free to enter in three categories: professional, amateur and young people (14-19). There is a parallel competition for images taken with mobile devices.

Visit the EEF Photography Competition website for entry details and deadlines.

Over 2,000 images have been entered in the past four years, with finalists’ images attracting national, regional and trade press coverage as well as being exhibited at BIS offices in Westminster, ministerial offices, International Festival for Business 2014 and EEF offices across the country.

Anyone who has stepped inside a modern manufacturing plant knows that manufacturing has truly changed shape in recent years. But has the image of manufacturing changed outside those involved with the industry on a daily basis?

This year’s EEF Photography competition is running with the motto; If we make it, you can take it! with the broad theme of “Make it Britain”.

This year EEF is celebrating manufactured products and components made the UK as well as processes that take place to make them.

est photograph by a young photographer winner 2013, Sophia Campion, best photograph by a young photographer winner 2013 said:

“I have always enjoyed science and engineering activities at school, and I intend to study engineering or physics at university, so this competition really appealed to my interests. I was fortunate enough to be allowed into Corgi Hosiery, which is a Great British manufacturing company, based in Ammanford, Wales. The Corgi factory provided a fascinating range of photo opportunities, and fortunately the bale of freshly made socks caught the eye of the judges.

“I would encourage anyone to enter as it is a great experience, especially if you are lucky enough to be shortlisted to attend the reception and presentation at the House of Commons! Since winning, I have really enjoyed learning to use my prize , a Canon EOS 700D and I am looking forward to taking part in this year’s competition”

Your image, taken abstract form or in full glory, may be of anything from forges to fighter jets, silicon chips to potato crisps.  Parts may be sourced overseas, but if it’s made here it’s eligible.

Manufacturing companies located throughout Britain are allowing access to competition entrants to take images at their facilities, so there is no excuse not to get out there snapping away.