IET launches photography competition for 2019

The IET has launched its annual photography competition for 2019 in a bid to challenge public misconceptions of engineering and technology and dispel its traditional image of hard hats and dirty overalls.

The IET Engineering & Technology Photographer of the Year 2019 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

The judging panel for this year includes Gadget Show host Georgie Barrat, Nigel Atherton, Editor of Amateur Photographer magazine, Gillian Abbott, Picture Editor at E&T magazine and Vice-Chair of the IET Young Professionals Committee (YPC) and electrical engineer, Dr Imran Shafique Ansari.

The judges will look at every entry and award cash prizes to five adult category winners and five junior category winners. An overall winner for the adult entries and an overall winner for the junior entries will be selected for extra cash prizes. The best photo taken on a smart phone across all categories will also win a cash prize. Winners’ photographs will appear in an exhibit at IET London: Savoy Place and be published in leading photography magazine, Amateur Photographer.

IET YPC Vice-Chair Dr Imran Ansari, who is new to the judging panel for this year, said: “This is the third year that the IET has run this competition and we’ve had some really fantastic images entered over the past two years, showing just how cool and varied engineering really is. We want to build on this bank of images and banish the 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 all around us and central to our everyday lives.”

The deadline for entries is 30 August 2019.

To find out more about the competition and to enter, please visit