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in the industry, young people on work placements and people who are simply passionate about photography. Do you knowwho this year’s judges will be? Last year we had a number of high-profile people from the industry, including the industrial editor of The Times newspaper, the editorial director of The Manufacturer magazine and a professional photographer from Canon. We are still in the process of confirming this year’s judges and we expect the line-up to be just as impressive. Howdoes the shortlisting process work? The judges review the entries and put forward up to five images each, which the entire panel then review together and select the winners. What makes a winning image? The judges will be looking for strong, creative images that raise questions in people’sminds. Does the image provoke surprise or admiration? Will people look at it and say: “I didn’t realise we made that in Britain”? Will it inspire the next generation of young engineers? Photographs must represent part of the product, component or process in manufacturing, but the possibilities for how to capture them are endless. What advice would you give to this year’s hopefuls? To use a much over-used phrase, think outside the box. Your photo doesn’t just have to be of the finished product in its full glory, but also of the intricate

processes that brought it into being, or a small section of the product taken at an unusual or intriguing angle. Don’t forget that nothing is too big or too small. Perhaps get a bit adventurous and find out if you can visit any manufacturing sites in your area. A number of our members have opened their doors for the competition and you can find out if any of them are near you by visiting our website. Wherever you live in the country, we are manufacturing a huge range of things in every single region, so there is no shortage of things to photograph. Can you tell us about the awards ceremony? We will be inviting this year’s shortlisted entrants to the House of Commons again, as it is a truly magnificent venue that gives the competition and the photographers the platform they deserve. It is also the place where we announce our national finalists and runners-up. The award ceremony is always a popular event and well attended by photographers, stakeholders, the media and politicians. Where canwe see the winning images? You can see all of the photos from our previous winners and runners-up on our website. The standard of entries continues to impress every year – it’s not easy choosing a winner. Is there anything else youwould like to sharewith our readers? The Make it Britain photography competition is now in its fifth year and every year I am impressed by the high standard and surprising variety of entries we

The competition has three categories: amateur, professional and young. There is no limit on the number of photographs that you can enter into the competition, just be sure to get your entry in by the deadline of 30 September 2014. Entry into the competition is free and is possible via the competition website. There’s £5000 of Canon kit up for prizes. Shortlisted entries will be announced on the EEF Photography Competition website from 3 November and the winners and runners-up will be announced at a ceremony, more details of which will be released closer to the time. π To find out more about the exhibition, go to www.eef.org.uk/photo. receive. Previous winners and shortlisted entrants have had their photographs featured in the national, regional and trade press, so if you are looking to build your portfolio and name as a photographer I would urge you to enter. You will also be helping to update the image of manufacturing and change the way people think about this important industry. I’m really looking forward to seeing this year’s outstanding and iconic images. Fancyentering?

Kay, shortlisted in the amateur photographer category in the EEF Photography Awards 2013 in partnership with Canon, Lombard, ERA Foundation

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