National photo competition winners put industry in focus

The power and diversity of modern UK manufacturing were celebrated at the House of Commons as the winners and runners-up of the 6th annual EEF/Lombard manufacturing photography competition were revealed.

Mike Smith, ‘Realisation’ - winner of the professional photographer category, sponsored by Canon, in the EEF/Lombard photography competition 2015.
Mike Smith, ‘Realisation’ – winner of Best Professional Photographer, sponsored by Canon, in the EEF/Lombard photography competition 2015.

More than 40 inspiring images from photographers across the UK were shortlisted this year, making competition particularly fierce.

The Best Professional Photographer award – sponsored by Canon – was snapped up by Mike Smith, from Newcastle, for his image of a seafloor production tool manufactured by Soil Machine Dynamics.

Smith is now a triple award-winner, having previously won the competition in both 2012 and 2013.

The coveted Best Amateur Photographer award was won by Sheffield’s Mark Tomlinson for his dramatic shot of work being undertaken at Sheffield Forgemasters.

Tomlinson too is no stranger to success, having won the same award back in 2010 and 2011.

The hotly-contended Best Young Photographer award went to Jake Silverstone – aged 16, from Barnet in London – for his image of two iconic London routemaster buses, which had been manufactured half a century apart from each other.

Mark Tomlinson, ‘Clearing the Gate’, winner of the amateur photographer category in the EEF/Lombard photography competition 2015.
Mark Tomlinson, ‘Clearing the Gate’ – winner of Best Amateur Photographer in the EEF/Lombard photography competition 2015.

All three photographers found out that they had won during the special ceremony in the House of Commons last Thursday (December 10).

They now share a prize of £5,000 worth of Canon photography equipment.

Now in its sixth year, the competition aims to raise the profile of British manufacturing by showcasing the industry’s creativity, diversity and heritage through inspiring photography.

Chief executive of EEF, Terry Scuoler commented: “Manufacturing offers countless opportunities for intriguing and eye-catching images.

“The challenge is to capture the sector in a compelling shot that makes people think about modern manufacturing in a new way. This year’s winners have certainly achieved that and fully deserve to have won their awards.”

Jake Silverstone, ‘Old to New’, winner of the young photographer category in the EEF/Lombard photography competition 2015.
Jake Silverstone, ‘Old to New’ – winner of Best Young Photographer in the EEF/Lombard photography competition 2015.

Head of Lombard, Ian Isaac added: “The standard of images in this competition gets better and better every year.

“This year’s winners have challenged our perceptions and demonstrated the creativity and diversity of industry. They should be congratulated on their success.”

Full details of the winners and runners-up:

Professional photographer category (sponsored by Canon):

  • Winner: Mike Smith, from Newcastle, for his image of a seafloor production tool manufactured by Soil Machine Dynamics
  • Runner-up: Andrew Perkins, from Great Yarmouth, for his image of a Liquid Nitrogen Pump at the NOV HydraRig.

Amateur photographer category:

  • Winner: Mark Tomlinson, from Sheffield, for his image of work being undertaken at Sheffield Forgemasters
  • Runner-up: Steve Watts, from Darlington, for his image of an engine exiting the paint drying process at the Darlington Engine Plant.

Young photographer category:

  • Winner: Jake Silverstone, from Barnet, for his image of two iconic routemaster buses
  • Runner-up: Siobhan Lock, from Bridgend, for her image of a seaweed cutting machine at Selwyn’s Seaweed.

The runner-up photos can be viewed at www.eef.org.uk/photo.