Get your camera out for a new competition that wants to quash fusty engineering stereotypes

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The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched a new photography competition, which aims to challenge misconceptions of engineering (dirty factories, greasy overalls and hard hats) by showcasing the dynamic, creative and progressive face of the profession.

This international competition is not just for adults – it’s split over three age categories with children as young as five being invited to enter.

To demonstrate the ingenuity, breadth and vibrancy of the world of engineering, participants are invited to enter up to five photos in the following five categories:
Digital – This category includes photography around electronic tools, systems, devices and resources that generate, store or process data
Environment & Energy – This category focuses on engineering and technology within our environment, as well as energy efficiency, energy services, facility management and alternative energy technologies
Structures & Transport – This category is for architecture, buildings, bridges, cityscapes and all forms of transportation (trains, planes, cars)
Robotics – This category focuses on the design, construction, operation, and application of any robots/robotics
Design & Production – This category celebrates innovation around the design, development and making of the things that people need. Images might include mechanical, materials and manufacturing

According to the IET, the judges will be looking for photographs that are ambitious, creative, thoughtful and representative of the category selected.

“The aim of this competition is to help banish the outdated perception that engineers just fix or mend things. By making this call for creative images – which I hope will illustrate the diversity of people in the engineering profession – 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,” says IET president Jeremy Watson CBE, who will be one of the judges.


Cash prizes will be awarded to five category winners, five secondary winners (ages 12-18) and five primary winners (ages 5-11). An overall winner will then be selected from the 15 winners, and awarded an extra cash prize.

The deadline for entries is 31 August 2017. More information and entry form can be downloaded here.

The winners will be announced at the IET’s Engineering the Future Festival on 17 October 2017 and a selection of the winning photographs will be made into a permanent photograph display at IET London: Savoy Place.

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