Nine aspiring UK engineers and designers have reached the final of a competition to design the trophy for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
The contest challenged 17 to 24 year olds across the UK and Northern Ireland to design a trophy to represent “the wonder of modern engineering” using computer aided design software, with a shortlist of nine entries chosen from hundreds.
All the finalists are still in education and some are in their final year at school and the winning design will be made into a trophy to be presented to the 2015 winners of the £1m Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.
The public can have their say by visiting the QEPrize Facebook page to vote for their favourite design, with their vote becoming the seventh judge on the Create the Trophy competition judging panel.
Chairman of the QEPrize trustees, Lord Browne of Madingley, said: “The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering celebrates the transformational power of engineering by honouring engineers whose work has changed the world.
“The ultimate purpose of the QEPrize is to inspire and engage young people in engineering. Through the Create the Trophy competition we can ensure that young people are represented in the award of the QEPrize, and we can also highlight the importance of design in engineering.
“The Create the Trophy competition this year attracted an excellent field of entries from young designers and engineers from around the UK. We have an outstanding shortlist of designs reflecting the creativity and talent of the young people in this country. The judges will have a difficult task in selecting a winner but I have every confidence that they will make an excellent choice”
The competition judges, who are leading figures in design, engineering and science, will meet to select the winning design on 29 September, with the winner receiving £2,000 in prize money.