Winner of QEPrize for Create the Trophy competition announced

Euan Fairholm has won the 2014 Create the Trophy Competition, beating hundreds of UK hopefuls with his design The Golden Crown.

Euan’s design will be developed into a final form and presented by Her Majesty the Queen, to the winner of the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) is an international, £1 million engineering prize that rewards and celebrates the engineers responsible for a ground-breaking innovation that has been of global benefit to humanity.

20-year-old Euan, from Edinburgh, is studying Mechanical Engineering at Glasgow University. He also won £2,000.

Euan said: “It is a great honour to have my design selected to be the trophy. I delighted to consider that something which I contributed to will be used to recognise such great and important achievements in engineering.”

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering invited the public to help select the winner of the Create the Trophy competition and vote for their favourite of the nine entrants on Facebook. The public’s vote was counted as the seventh judge on the Create the Trophy competition judging panel.

Ian Blatchford, director of the Science Museum, where a three-year exhibition aimed at inspiring the next generation of engineers will open in December, and chairman of the judging panel said: “This competition has shown the creativity of young people in the UK. We felt that Euan’s work illustrates our dependence on engineering and technology, and demonstrates the fact that modern engineering builds on the work of the past. His use of a crown in his design recognises this as The Queen’s Prize. He has produced a trophy that represents all that the Queen Elizabeth Prize stands for. We look forward to seeing the final trophy being presented to next year’s QEPrize winner.”

Euan’s trophy will be presented to the winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize in 2015