2010 winning photo from MBDA apprentice Melissa Garrett.

UK manufacturing photography competition opens

Professional and amateur photographers are invited to put the pride back in UK manufacturing by focusing their cameras on the heroes of modern industry.

The EEF Heroes of Modern UK Manufacturing Photography Competition aims to capture the people, products, places and processes that make UK manufacturing great.

Free to enter, the competition has three categories of professional, amateur and young people aged 14-19. Winners will be announced at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards in January 2012 and the gallery of winning and shortlisted images will be showcased throughout the year.

Canon is providing prize vouchers for £5,000 worth of photography equipment, which will be shared among the winners

“We’re inviting photographers of all ages to capture a new image for UK manufacturing – one that banishes the negative stereotypes of dark, cold factories and oily rags – and demonstrates the modern face of the sector. It’s an open brief with a heroic theme that can focus on any aspect of UK manufacturing,” says EEF chief executive, Terry Scuoler.

Last year’s winner of the ‘young people’ category was Melissa Garrett, an apprentice with MBDA in Stevenage, who photographed MBDA’s young apprentices in a test chamber at the company’s Stevenage research and development facility.

Entry is free via the EEF website, with entries closing on 31 October 2011.

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