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IET’s annual photography competition returns

The IET has today launched its annual photography competition for 2018 in a bid to challenge public misconceptions of engineering and technology and dispel its traditional image of hard hats and dirty overalls.

Supported by Amateur Photographer magazine, the IET Engineering & Technology Photographer of the Year 2018 is open to any photograph of an engineering-related subject that captures the dynamic, creative and progressive face of engineering and engineers today.

Participants, split into two age groups: under 16 and 17 and over, can enter up to five photos to the following five categories:

  • Design & Production
  • Digital
  • Environment & Energy
  • Structures
  • Transport

Judges include Gadget Show host Georgie Barrat, Nigel Atherton, Editor of Amateur Photographer magazine, Gillian Abbott, Picture Editor at E&T magazine and IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Dr Ozak Esu.

The judges will look at every entry and award cash prizes to five adult category winners (age 17+) and five child category winners (16 and under). An overall winner across all categories and ages will then be selected for an extra cash prize. Winners’ photographs will also appear in a central London exhibit and published in leading photography magazine, Amateur Photographer.

New for this year, the judges will also award a cash prize for the best photo taken on a smart phone across all of the categories.

IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year, Dr Ozak Esu, added: “Engineering is exciting and fast-changing – shaping the world around us and improving the quality of our everyday lives. And yet traditional images of engineering and engineers have focused on one area of hard hats and dirty overalls, which is an image the IET is committed to change.

“Last year we received some amazing photography from a broad range of engineering and technology areas – and this is something we’d like to continue. We want to banish the outdated perception that engineers just fix or mend things. By making this call for creative and stand out images – 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.”