Photography competition tackles outdated image of engineering

The IET is running a photography competition to challenge misconceptions about engineering and to demonstrate the ingenuity and breadth of the profession.

Examples of engineering photography

The IET International Engineering Photography Competition is open to any photograph of an engineering related subject that captures the dynamic, creative and progressive face of engineering and engineers today.

The details

Participants can enter up to five photos into any of the five categories: Digital, Environment and Energy, Structures and Transport, Robotics and Design and Production. A panel of judges will assess every entry and award cash prizes to five category winners, five secondary winners (aged 12-18) and five primary winners (aged 5-11). An overall winner will then be selected from the 15 winners, who will be awarded an extra cash prize.

Aim of the competition

“Engineering is an exciting and fast-changing sector – shaping the world around us and improving the quality of our everyday lives,” says IET President Jeremy Watson, who also features on the judging panel. “It is a broad and inclusive profession, yet traditional images of engineering and engineers may have focused on hard hats and dirty overalls, which is an image the IET is committed to change. “The aim of this competition is to help banish the outdated perception that engineers just fix things. By making this call for creative images, which I hope will illustrate the diversity of people in the engineering profession, we hope that we can help to highlight the modern,
exciting and creative nature of an engineer’s work and demonstrate that their work is central to our everyday lives.”


The deadline for entries is 31 August, with the winners announced at the IET’s Engineering the Future Festival on 17 October. A selection of the winning photographs will be made into a permanent photographic display at IET London: Savoy Place.

To find out more about the competition and to enter, please visit www.theiet.org/photo-competition.