Enter EEF Made in Britain Photography Awards to win £5000 of Canon Equipment

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Professional and amateur photographers of all ages are invited to focus their cameras on British manufacturing to enter the EEF Made in Britain Photography Awards 2012.

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Mike Brookes Roper, EEF 2011 National Winner Best Photography by a Professional Photographer. Credit: Mike Brookes Roper

Professional and amateur photographers of all ages are invited to enter the EEF Made in Britain Photography Awards to win £5,000 worth of Canon equipment

Winners of the EEF Photography Awards will share a prize fund of £5000 worth of photographic equipment from headline sponsor Canon and gain national recognition at a Westminster awards reception in December 2012.

The awards are free to enter in three categories: professional, amateur and young people (14-19).

EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, is seeking images of modern manufacturing that capture British products, components or processes. This could be anything from turbines to silicon chips, or could portray any part of the journey in inventing, designing or making British products.

“There's a boldness and beauty to British manufacturing that we're looking to capture through stunning photography," said Terry Scuoler, EEF Chief Executive of EEF. "Our aim is to give British manufacturing greater visibility and to challenge the myth that 'Britain doesn't make anything anymore'."

The government's Make it in Great Britain campaign is also backing the awards. Business Minister Mark Prisk said: "Manufacturing is a creative and innovative industry. EEF's Manufacturing Photography Awards will help raise awareness of how interesting and dynamic the industry is, while tackling outdated perceptions.

"The Awards complement the work of the Government's very own Make it in Great Britain and See Inside Manufacturing campaigns. Together they are working to transform the image of modern manufacturing, especially in the eyes of young people, and demonstrate the career opportunities available. I wish all entrants the best of luck in the competition."

EEF has also teamed up with the Associate Parliamentary Group, which is encouraging businesses that support its Made by Britain initiative to open up their facilities to photographers wishing to enter the award.

Nikki Paine, Manufacturing Business Development Manager, Canon UK & Europe, said: “Canon’s sponsorship of the Made in Britain competition is part of our ongoing commitment to the manufacturing industry, and valued partnership with the EEF. A picture can speak a thousand words, and Canon is pleased to support the industry’s efforts to change perceptions of manufacturing, and showcase its inherent spirit of innovation, through the power of the image.”

Other awards partners include, The Times newspaper; ERA Foundation; The Guild of Photographers; The Digital Asset Lab and The Manufacturer magazine.

The EEF photography awards, now in their third year, aim to create a new public image of 21st Century manufacturing industry by showing the industry's ingenuity, creativity, technology and pride through inspiring photography.

The closing date is 28 September 2012, with entries shortlisted by a national panel of photographic and industry experts in October and winners announced at a special ceremony in Westminster in December. The gallery of winning and shortlisted images will be showcased throughout 2013.

Entry is free via the EEF website http://www.eef.org.uk/photo, or call 020 7654 1501.

Notes to Editor:

The EEF photography awards programme is now in its third year. Last year’s winners, selected from almost 500 entries, were:

Mike Brookes Roper of Skerray, near Thurso, Scotland National Winner, Best photograph by a professional photographer, for his image of the base of a 150kW Tidal Turbine now in operation in the Moray Firth, Scotland. Credit Mike Brookes Roper

Ray Troll, Runner up, Best photograph by a professional photographer, for his image of the Taranis aircraft, named after the Celtic God of thunder. Commissioned by the Ministry of
Defence and unveiled at BAE Systems’ Warton facility in Lancashire, Taranis shows a glimpse of what could be the future of UK airpower. Credit Ray Troll

Mark Tomlinson, National Winner, Best photograph by an amateur photographer, works at Sheffield Forgemasters. His photograph is of ‘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. Credit Mark Tomlinson

17-year-old Adam Cox, National Winner, Best photograph by a young person (14-19), chose to photograph a signal manufactured from 73% reclaimed material, 92% recyclable at end of life & lowest in class power consumption by AGD Systems in Cheltenham. Credit Adam Cox

About EEF

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is the representative voice of manufacturing in the UK. It has a growing membership of almost 6,000 companies of all sizes, employing some 900,000 people from every sector of engineering, manufacturing, engineering construction and technology-based industries. http://www.eef.org.uk

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