Annual photography competition focuses lenses on the future of British manufacturing

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Photographers of all experience levels are being asked to capture the dynamism of modern British industry as the 9th annual EEF Manufacturing Photography Competition opens for entries.

This year the competition - in partnership with the GREAT Campaign - is asking photographers to capture the bright future of British Manufacturing and champion the next generation of talent and technology in the sector. Photographs can portray any stage of manufacturing - from design, process and technology in action through to the finished product – and feature individuals at work.

There are four categories for photographers to enter: Next Generation, Future Technology, Manufacturing Process and Manufacturing Product. The competition is free to enter and open to young, amateur and professional photographers alike.

Entries will be shortlisted by a panel of photography and industry experts, with winners announced at an awards event in London in November. Winning photographers will get their hands on a share of a £5000 prize fund and be in with the chance of having their photos on display in the national and local media.

To give entrants the best shot at winning, companies are being urged to open their doors to local photographers. For information on how to do this, visit the EEF website.

Stephen Phipson CBE, CEO at EEF, says: “The Manufacturing Photography competition shines a light on our forward looking and innovative industry. It celebrates the people and the products that help make manufacturing the beating heart of the UK Economy. I wish all the photographers that enter the competition the best of luck and cannot wait to see the entries when they go on display at the awards event later in the year.”

The Rt Hon Dr Liam Fox MP, Secretary of State at the department for International Trade, says: “We are delighted to support EEF’s photography competition which offers a fantastic opportunity for participants to showcase the technology, dynamism and energy of modern British industry and manufacturing, which has played a huge role in seeing UK exports grow by 9.2% to £628bn over the past year.

“As an international economic department, we are on hand to help UK companies to forge new global trading ties that will boost trade, drive growth and provide jobs to every part of the country.”

The competition closes for entries on Sunday 30th September. For more information and to enter the competition, visit www.eef.org.uk/photo.

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Contact:

Alex Block: Tel 020 7654 1515/07825533961, email ablock@eef.org.uk

Notes to editors:

Caption: Winner of the 2017 EEF Photography competition’s professional category, Stone Slab Cutting by Adrian Waine.

About EEF

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is the representative voice of UK manufacturing, with offices in London, Brussels, every English region and Wales.

Collectively we represent 20,000 companies of all sizes, from start-ups to multinationals, across engineering, manufacturing, technology and the wider industrial sector. We directly represent over 5,000 businesses who are members of EEF. Everything we do – from providing essential business support and training to championing manufacturing industry in the UK and the EU – is designed to help British manufacturers compete, innovate and grow.

From HR and employment law, health and safety to environmental and productivity improvement, our advice, expertise and influence enables businesses to remain safe, compliant and future-focused. More information at www.eef.org.uk.

About the GREAT Campaign

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. We are a specialised government department with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy. Our trade promotion campaign, GREAT, is the Government’s international marketing campaign and showcases the very best of what our whole nation has to offer in order to encourage the world to visit, study and do business with the UK.

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