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Photo Contest Insider Blog

Winners of the 2011 EEF Photography Competition

February 3, 2012

‘the heroes of modern manufacturing’

Modern manufacturing is a vibrant arena with the potential for striking imagery of technology, processes and people. So we searched for images that showed manufacturing’s heroes – the people, places, products and processes that make UK manufacturing great.

Our winning entries were announced at our annual Gala Dinner and Awards celebration on 26 January 2012 in London, where we also announced the national winners of the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.

Best photograph by a young photographer

WINNER – Adam Cox

Led safety in your hands. New signal manufactured from 73% reclaimed material, 92% recyclable at end of life & lowest in class power consumption by AGD Systems in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. This young photographer demonstrated a good eye with a well-executed image, giving depth and dimension. It is well controlled and delivers impact. The hero product saves lives every day and is made of recycled material.

Best photograph by a professional photographer

WINNER – Mike Brookes Roper

The final touches are put to the base of a massive tidal turbine in the factory at Inverness. The judges felt that this powerful image of a contemporary industry is well composed and makes good use of lighting, producing a very striking photograph.


Best photograph by an amateur photographer

WINNER – Mark Tomlinson

This hero is ‘5 Press’ at Sheffield Forgemasters. This colossal 10,000 tonne open die forge has been operating for over 40 years and is still capable of producing some of the largest and most technically demanding forgings in the world today. This image shows a 170 tonne plate mill roll being forged at around 1200°C. The judges agreed that this is a very powerful and well exposed image, demonstrating excellent control of the heat and light elements. The subject is a UK hero of manufacturing, a global leader in its field, combining high tech and a strong heritage.