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 and bask in the national spotlight at a Westminster awards reception in December.
The awards are free to enter in three categories: professional, amateur and young people (14-19). And this year, for the first time, there is a parallel competition for images taken with mobile devices.
EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is seeking images of manufacturing that feature British products, components or processes. Subjects can range from traditional to high-tech manufacturing and could portray any part of the journey in inventing, designing or making British products.
“With these awards we want to celebrate creativity on both sides of the camera lens. Our aim is to show the country the breadth and scope of British manufacturing, captured in stunning images,” said Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF.
“This extraordinary industry is increasingly important to the British economy and deserves a higher profile.”
EEF has teamed up with the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group, which is encouraging businesses that support its Made by Britain initiative to open up their facilities to photographers wishing to enter the award.
“Canon’s continued sponsorship of the Made in Britain Photography Awards is part of our ongoing commitment to the manufacturing industry, and valued partnership with EEF,” said Barrie Street, Manufacturing Business Development Manager, Canon UK & Europe.
“Innovation lies at the very heart of Britain’s manufacturing industry and these awards will showcase its many facets through the power of image.”
Also supporting are Lombard and The ERA Foundation as category sponsors, and other partners include: The Guild of Photographers, The Digital Asset Lab, The Manufacturer magazine and The Times newspaper.
The EEF photography awards, now in their fourth year, aim to raise the profile of UK manufacturing by showing the industry’s ingenuity, creativity, technology and pride through inspiring photography.
The closing date is 30 September 2013, with entries shortlisted by a panel of photographic and industry experts in October, and shortlist announced in November. The winners will be announced at a celebration event in Westminster in December. The gallery of winning and shortlisted images will be showcased around the UK throughout 2014.
Entry is free. Visit the EEF website www.eef.org.uk/photo, or call 020 7654 1501.