Precision, taken by Mike Smith, winner of the Professional photographer category in the EEF Photography Awards 2012 in partnership with Canon, Lombard, ERA Foundation.
The winners and runners-up of the EEF Photography Awards 2012 have been unveiled at an exclusive ceremony at the House of Commons in London.
The theme for this year’s national competition was ‘Made in Britain’ and entrants were challenged to submit photos that championed the spirit of manufacturing in Britain. Over 800 photos were submitted from across the country and 87 were shortlisted. The competition was sponsored by Canon, Lombard and the ERA Foundation.
The winner of the professional category was Mike Smith’s ‘Precision’, a kaleidoscopic shot down self-contained hydrodynamic bearings, manufactured by Rolls Royce Michell in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Runner-up was Ray Troll’s ‘Watching and Waiting’, an impressive shot of a BAE Systems’ all-British Unmanned Air System, which is expected to play a major role in search and rescue work and disaster monitoring in the future.
‘Manufacturing a Filter’ by Robert Watkins, from Warrington, was the winner of the amateur category: a black-and-white image of a welder applying the finishing touches to a filter at Crofts Engineering Services. Steve Watts’ photograph of the iconic Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on-Tees at sunset earned him the position of runner-up in the same category.
Watching and Waiting, taken by Ray Troll, runner-up of the Professional photographer category in the EEF Photography Awards 2012 in partnership with Canon, Lombard, ERA Foundation.
The young photographer category also produced many photographs showcasing not only the best of British manufacturing but also budding photographers. Tamika Morris’ photograph of the UK-manufactured golden Olympic Torch against a black-and-white audience was appropriately titled ‘2012 Icon’ and winner of the young photographer category. Runner-up was ‘Moulding Chambers’ by Shane Butler, from Walsall, a snapshot of casting moulds made at Chamberlin and Hill which are used in 21st century automotive and construction sectors.
The range in colour and theme of the winners and runners-up, and indeed all of the shortlisted entries, encapsulated the message of the EEF Photography Awards: that British manufacturing is diverse and a part of both Britain’s heritage and future.
Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive at EEF, commented, “We are delighted to see that the quantity and quality of the EEF Photography Awards has grown year on year. Manufacturing is exciting and constantly evolving, and we are proud of all of our entrants who have helped us redefine the public perception of manufacturing with their eclectic range of images.”
Nikki Paine, Marketing Manager at Canon UK, commented “The Made in Britain photography awards showcase the very best facets of British manufacturing through the power of image. The competition has attracted a stunning array of entries and the shortlisted photographs illustrate, quite beautifully, how innovation remains at the very of heart of British manufacturing. Canon are very proud to be sponsoring this competition and congratulate not only the winners, but all of those shortlisted as part of these awards.”
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