Winning Professional Photo by Mike Smith
If it’s December, a reception at the Palace of Westminster in London, then it must be the EEF Photographic Competition Results.
The power and diversity of modern UK manufacturing were celebrated at the House of Commons on the 10th December 2015 as the winners and runners-up of the 6th annual EEF / Lombard manufacturing photography competition were revealed.
43 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. Mike is now a triple award-winner, having previously won the competition in 2012 and 2013.
The coveted Best Amateur Photographer award was won by Mark Tomlinson, from Sheffield, for his dramatic shot of work being undertaken at Sheffield Forgemasters. Mark 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.
All three photographers found out that they had won during the special ceremony in the House of Commons. They now share a prize of £5,000 worth of Canon photography equipment.
The competition has been running for six years now and aims to raise the profile of British manufacturing by showcasing the industry’s creativity, diversity and heritage through inspiring photography. MediaFiler’s Digital Asset Management software is used to manage the competition.
Terry Scuoler, Chief Executive of EEF, says: “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.”
Alastair McDavid, Regional Director of MediaFiler, says: “This is fast becoming one of the major annual UK photographic contests. The number and quality of entries increase year by year. MediaFiler is delighted to have been involved with the contest since its inception six years ago in providing the software to manage the contest, from entrant’s registration, submission, right through to review and judging of the photographs.”
You may see the 2015 winners here.