EEF Photography Competition 2018

The theme for this year's competition is Celebrating Everyday Manufacturing.

Take a look at all the great photos that were shortlisted. The winning photos will be announced on 20th November.


This competition is designed to inspire a new image and improved public perception of UK manufacturing and engineering using photography. From the traditional to the high-tech your images should reflect the strength and diversity of today's UK manufacturing sector. 

Entrants can capture British products, components or processes in abstract form or in their full glory and enter them into one of four categories:


Next Generation

Apprentices and young people engaging in production, skills, training, and STEM learning environments. 



Future Technology

Automation, robotics, digital, and clean and sustainable technologies. 



Manufacturing Process

The journey from design and R&D to and including the production line.



Manufacturing Products

The finished component or product from a range of manufacturing sectors, from food and drink, automotive, electronics and aerospace to pharmaceuticals and furniture.


Each category will have one winner from each skill level:

  • Best photograph by a Professional photographer 
  • Best photograph by an Amateur photographer 
  • Best photograph by a Young photographer (under 20 years old on 7th October 2018) 

The prize

Win a share of our £5000 prize fund to help you continue your passion for photography. On top of a shared cash prize of £5,000, we also have individual prizes for each category below:

  • You’ll receive High-profile media exposure – including the government’s Great Britain campaign. 
  • The best photos will be exhibited to the public, at ministerial offices and EEF offices across the country. In addition, the images will be displayed at some of Britain’s biggest and busiest railway stations managed by Network Rail.
  • The winning images will be displayed at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2018 Gala Dinner, EEF National Manufacturing Conference & Dinner 2019 and a showcase of the best images will be used in our print media and public relations activity.
  • You will help educate and redefine the public perception of manufacturing.


Enter our competition for the chance to win a guided tour at The House Of Commons! You will be following an MP for the day and experience the hidden world within the parliamentary walls.

You can also win a day’s training with Appleton Photo Training worth up to £800 to help improve your photography ability.


Win a year’s membership with a nationally recognised association, The Guild of Photographers  - this membership can help you maximise your photography skills and get the most from your camera. Also, win the chance to go up the iconic, historic and dynamic Forth Bridge, in partnership with Network Rail.


Win a year’s membership with a nationally recognised association, The Guild of Photographers  - you can utilise the Guild's membership logos and have your own stunning SEO boosted profile on Search Engines, as well as BE ON the Guild's own powerful 'find a photographer' search facility.


"I entered the EEF Competition encouraged by friends from work. Although, I had in my portfolio some interesting images of one of the most recognizable British brands - Jaguar Land Rover, I certainly didn’t expect to win. This was an incredibly proud moment for me. 
Being awarded in Amateur category has also gave me confidence and courage to finally start my own photography venture." 

Jaukb Wasik – Amateur category winner 2017 


Supporting Partners

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Are you a photographer looking for a company to access? Are you a company that wants to provide access to photographers?

We can help make the connection between manufacturers and photographers. 

Contact for further details.


Thanks to all those who submitted their manufacturing photos for the EEF Photography 2017!

Stephen Phipson CBE, CEO of EEF, said: “From investing in the future by providing high-quality apprenticeships to standing right at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution, manufacturing is the perfect illustration of British ingenuity, creativity and innovation. All the talented photographers shortlisted this year are to be congratulated on their incredible images that brilliantly reflect the dynamism of our sector.” 

EEF Photography Competition 2017 Winners

Professional category - Adrian Waine

'Stone Slab Cutting'



Amateur category - Jakub Wasik

'Process Underbody 24'



Young category - Siobhan Lock

'Merlyn's Magic'




Professional category - Steve Morgan

'Liberty Steel 2' 



Amateur category - Mark Tomlinson

'Monitoring the Cast'



Highly Commended

Professional category - Ian Pickering




Professional category - Steve Morgan

'At Work'



Amateur category - Susan Kennedy




Highlights from past competitions

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