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About the competition

Engineering and technology is exciting and fast-changing - shaping the world around us and improving the quality of our everyday lives.

Traditional images of engineering and engineers have focused on hard hats and dirty overalls, which is an image the IET is committed to change.

The IET Engineering and Technology Photographer of the Year 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 winning photographs will help challenge public misconceptions of engineering and demonstrate the ingenuity, breadth and vibrancy of the world of engineering.

Open to all

The IET Engineering & Technology Photographer of the Year is open internationally and is split into two age categories:

  • Junior – 16 and under
  • Adults – over 17

The competition is open to all UK and non-UK residents and is subject to the laws of England.  Entrants outside the UK must adhere to local laws.


  • Design and Production
  • Digital
  • Environment and Energy
  • Structure
  • Transport

Persons in both age groups may submit a maximum of five photographs across any of the five categories.  There is also a smartphone category for entering your photograph to the five themes listed above. Please read the entry requirements.


The panel of judges will look at every entry and will award:

  • Five adult category winners £500
  • Five junior category winners £250
  • One overall adult winner and one overall junior winner will be selected and awarded an extra £250 each
  • One smartphone winner £150 

A selection of the winning photographs will be published in Amateur Photographer magazine and made into a photography display at IET London: Savoy Place. 


Entry requirements

Images that are entered into the IET Engineering & Technology Photographer of the Year must meet certain requirements.

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Frequently asked questions

If you're entering our Photography competition, check out our frequently asked questions to help you submit your entry.

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Recruited for their expertise knowledge of the industry, the IET judges are at the heart of the competition. 

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Top tips for better photos

Discover helpful tips to take your photos from good to great.

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