Photo © Mike Brookes Roper.
The winners of a competition which asks photographers to capture the heroic people, products, places or processes that make UK manufacturing great, have been announced at a National Gala Dinner in London.
The EEF Heroes of Modern UK Manufacturing Photography Competition had three categories: professional, amateur and young people aged 14-19. The three winners and two runners-up shared a prize of £5,000 worth of photography equipment sponsored by Canon.
Mike Brookes Roper took the title of 'best photograph by a professional photographer' with his image of the base of a 150kW Tidal Turbine now in operation in the Moray Firth, Scotland. Ray Troll with his image of the Taranis aircraft took was the runner-up in this category.
The 'best photograph by an amateur photographer' category was won by Mark Tomlinson who works at Sheffield Forgemansters and won the same category in last year's competition. This year his image was of the ‘5 Press’ at Sheffield Forgemasters. Adam Shipley whose entry shows an engineer in deep concentration, analysing his work on a piece of machinery at Westley Richards Rifles in Birmingham took the runner-up spot.
17-year-old Adam Cox was crowned the winner of the 'best photograph by a young person' category. He chose to photograph a signal manufactured from 73% reclaimed material, 92% recyclable at end of life & lowest in class power consumption by AGD Systems in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Terry Scuoler, EEF Chief Executive, said: "Congratulations to our winners, who have succeeded in capturing the ingenuity, creativity, technology and pride of modern manufacturing. The gallery of winning and shortlisted images will be showcased throughout the year – creating a new public image of 21st Century manufacturing and instilling pride in UK industry."
Alexander Baldock, Lombard’s Managing Director, added: "We are delighted to support and be a part of the EEF Photography Competition, which captures the energy that will drive a positive future. I have been very impressed by the high standard of entrants and their truly inspirational images of the manufacturing sector which I believe will be instrumental in changing the perception of what the industry has to offer."