As we near the closing date for entries to EEF’s Photography Awards, The Manufacturer looks back at some of the winning images from last year.
Mark Tomlinson, operations director at Sheffield Forgemasters, proved himself to be handy behind the lens by scooping the top prize in the Amateur photographer category during the opening two years of the competition.
Mark spent last year’s £1,000 prize voucher on lenses for his camera and is feeling the pressure to secure a hat trick. “To win the award two years in a row was very special but there seems to be an awful lot more demand on me to perform this year”, he said.
Mark’s image (see above) was of the 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. This image shows a 170 tonne plate mill roll being forged at around 1200°C. The judges agreed that 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.
Mike Brookes Roper was another competition success story; firstly as runner-up in 2010 and going one better to win the Professional photographer category in 2011.
A freelance photographer based in rural Scotland, Mike was inspired after crawling under Ocean Power Technology’s tidal turbine at their Inverness factory and the result won him the top prize.
The image shows the final touches being put to the base of a massive tidal turbine in the factory at Inverness.
Enter this year’s photography awards
There is still time for you to enter your images and a chance to win a share of £5,000 worth of vouchers to spend on Canon equipment, whether it’s a new camera or lenses for your current model.
We’re looking for images that represent British manufacturing; from the traditional to high-tech, forges to fighter jets, people working in laboratories to those at lathes.
For more information visit www.eef.org.uk/photo or contact Stuart Biddle on 020 7654 1501.