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Winners of global photography competition tackle traditional outdated image of engineering

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today announced the winners of its annual photography competition in a bid to challenge misconceptions of engineering and demonstrate the ingenuity, breadth and vibrancy of the profession.   

Supported by Amateur Photographer magazine and fronted by the Gadget Show’s Georgie Barrat, the Engineering & Technology Photographer of the Year 2019 was launched earlier in the year and was open to any photograph of an engineering-related subject that captures the dynamic, creative and progressive face of engineering and engineers today.

The IET received over 450 photos from young people and adults across the world, who submitted photos to five categories: Design and Production; Digital; Environment and Energy; Structure and Transport. Winners include:

Adult

  • Igor Roncevic winner of the Design & Production category
  • Artur Magdziarz winner of the Digital category
  • Dibs McCallum winner of the Environment and Energy category
  • Arjun Shukla winner of the Structure category
  • Amitava Chandra winner of the Transport category

Youth

  • Joe Syer winner of the Design & Production category
  • Katy Read winner of the Digital category
  • Leah Kalmus winner of the Environment and Energy category
  • Nathan Phua winner of the Structure category
  • Nathan Phua winner of the Transport category

Smartphone

  • Arpan Chowdhury winner of the best smartphone photo across all categories

The overall winner was announced as Dibs McCallum for his photo ‘Crumbling Power station desk at Sunrise’, which captures an abandoned power station awaiting demolition. His photo highlights the engineering and industrial change we are going through; how technology is continually advancing and how we now rely on new and modern technologies in our everyday lives.

Group Editor at Amateur Photographer magazine and judge, Nigel Atherton, said: “Once again, our entrants have challenged the stereotypes of traditional engineering and technology imagery. The variety of creative interpretations and the technical skill on show among our winning and highly commended images is a great advert, not only for the artistry of today’s photography community but also for the myriad ways that science touches all of our lives.  

“The winning image is a quiet, nicely composed image that touches on a range of themes and issues around power generation, technological development and obsolescence. The symmetry in the winning Youth category image demonstrates a great sense of composition and timing and looks like a still from a sci-fi movie.”

Gadget Show host and judge Georgie Barrat, added: “Engineering literally shapes the world that we live in and improves the quality of our everyday lives. It’s exciting and fast-changing, yet traditional images of engineering and engineers tend to focus on one area of the industry with hard hats and dirty overalls.
 
“We launched this photography competition again this year to help banish this outdated image and we’ve received some brilliant photographs from across the world. The winning entry captured my imagination around the possibilities of new ways of producing energy, as the traditional power station falls into decay. While the striking symmetry and clean lines in our junior winner’s photograph shows engineering in the modern world. Huge congratulations to all our winners." 

The winning and highly commended photos will be featured at the IET’s London HQ, Savoy Place later this year.

To view the winning photographs, please visit the IET Engineering & Technology Photographer of the Year 2019 website.