Manufacturing Photography Competition 2016

Publish Date: Jul 25, 2016

Deadline: Sep 30, 2016

Why enter

Best photograph by the Amateur photographer winner 2015, Mark Tomlinson said:

"I have entered the EEF Photography Competition every year since its inception, it has always been fun and rewarding. Attending the shortlist celebration at the Houses of Parliament was a fantastic experience in itself; discovering I had won the amateur category really made it unforgettable. It was a thrill to open The Times the following day and see my image heading the business section!”

What does winning mean to you

  • You and your business will get high-profile media exposure - a showcase of the best images will be used in our print media and public relations activity.
  • By entering your own images into our competition you will be helping to re-define the public perception of manufacturing.
  • Entry is free and open to everyone. There are three categories for you to enter and entry couldn’t be simpler.
  • Get recognition at the House of Commons celebration event.

Competition Categories

There are three categories for entry in to this year's EEF Photography Competition:

  • Best photograph by an Amateur photographer
  • Best photograph by a Professional photographer
  • Best photograph by a Young photographer

Product or component

Nothing could be more representative of manufacturing itself than the quality and contribution of its output – both components and finished goods in all their detail and variety. Your image might be of a product or component invented, designed or made in the UK.

  • Your image may capture the product or component in its full glory or in abstract form.
  • Your product may be captured standing proudly in its own right, in the environment within which it is manufactured or the environment or place within which it is used.
  • Your product or component must have been either invented, designed or made in the UK.
  • Your product must be an article or substance that is manufactured or refined for sale or a thing (but not a person) that is the result of an action or process. Your component must be a part or element of a larger product or a product that is destined to be so.


Show us what best represents today’s dynamic manufacturing environment – the processes which display the transformational characteristics of British manufacturing and/or its lifecycle– from input to output, handicraft to high-tech production; at the macro scale of aircraft product or the micro scale of nanotechnology, prototype to mass production.

Whether it’s the intricacy or precision, the momentum or speed, or the scale – large or small - of the process you choose, your image will capture the ingenuity of British manufacturing at its best.

Your process must involve a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end.

What our judges will be looking for in your images

Overall, the judges will be looking for strong images that raise questions in people’s minds. Does the image provoke surprise or admiration? Will people look at it and say: “I didn’t realise that was part of our UK manufacturing base”? Will it make people wish they had taken the picture and captured this message?

Because we want to find a new set of iconic images which portray the boldness and creativity of UK manufacturing, the quality of its output – products, components and processes - we want your images to reflect a new and contemporary identity which truly showcases the UK manufacturing industry.

Dates & deadlines

Entries should be submitted from 1st June 2016 to midnight on 30th September 2016.

Rules of the competition

Condition of Registration and Entry

  • The organisers reserve the right to use its own discretion throughout the EEF Photography Competition process which may include, but is not limited to: disqualifying any entrant not complying with the rules; disqualifying any entries not deemed suitable for the EEF Photography Competition; amalgamating categories if they are under-subscribed; changing or removing the category headings when the selected images are published.
  • There will be no appeals against the decision of the judges and correspondence cannot be entered into regarding the judging.
  • Work will not be moved from one category to another by the judges, as it will be assumed that you will understand, before entering, which category best suits the image(s) entered. So be sure you read, and are aware of, the requirements for the categories first.
  • Any successful entrant to the EEF Photography Competition may be called upon during the following year to participate in any appropriate marketing and PR activities for and on behalf of the organisers.


  • All elements of the work submitted must have been originated by the entrant. While some retouching may have been applied, a significant majority of the final image must remain as shot.
  • Work submitted must not have previously been entered into another competition, including previous EEF Photography
  • Competitions (previously known as the EEF Photography Awards).
  • Those who enter may not be included on the judging panel, attend the judging process, or be involved in any part of the judging procedure.
  • No employee of EEF or partner organisations or their families shall be entitled to enter the amateur, professional or young photographer categories. Private, supplementary competitions may be administered alongside these categories, for which all other rules apply.
  • Photographs must reflect engineering or manufacturing through products, components or processes that have been made in Britain. Entries need not be confined to British companies so long as they are located in Britain.
  • Entrants under the age of 18 must obtain parental consent prior to submitting their image(s).

Entry Procedure and Format

  • Entry to the EEF Photography Competition is free of charge and there is no limit on the number of images that you can enter to the relevant category.
  • Entrants must agree to complete the required entry fields in the online process.
  • No prints will be accepted.
  • An image may only be entered in to one category: Amateur, Professional or Young.
  • The images in the Professional category are judged purely as photographs and not as an adjunct to design and art direction. Therefore no copy should appear on your photograph.
  • The entrant’s name must not appear anywhere on the actual image/work.

Image Specifications

Images should satisfy the following:

  • RGB format
  • High-quality JPEG file (level 10 or above in Photoshop)
  • The maximum and ideal image size is 3508 x 2480 pixels or 3508 x 3508 pixels if square
  • Minimum image size 2400 x 1800 pixels
  • Alpha-numeric file names ending in ‘.jpg’.

Each image must be accompanied by the following information:

  • Entrant’s Name
  • Company (School or college)
  • Full postal address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Image category
  • Image title
  • Image narrative (to include location of the facility / production site)

Each photograph must be accompanied by a narrative between 50 and 100 words to express why and / or how the image portrays modern manufacturing in Britain; in keeping with the themes of the EEF Photography Competition.

When you submit a photograph you need to add caption information to the image so our judges know what they’re looking at. You can do this after you upload or you may like to do it in advance using a caption editor, particularly the image description ( about 100 words ) that goes in the caption field.


  • Entries will be judged by an independent and impartial panel of judges.
  • All images will be judged digitally.
  • Short listing will take place in October 2016.
  • The short listed entries will be announced on the EEF Photography Competition website from November 2016.
  • Judging will take place in November 2016.

Successful Entries

  • The shortlisted entries will be displayed on the Photography Competition website.
  • The shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the Photography Competition ceremony; date and venue to be advised.
  • The winner and runner-up images of each category will be announced at the Photography Competition ceremony; date and venue to be advised.
  • The successful, winning and runner-up, entries will be displayed indefinitely on the Photography Competition website, as a record of achievement.


  • No copyright is transferred in respect of any images entered.
  • By submitting an image, you agree that EEF Ltd. and any of its partners can display, distribute, publish and alter any of the images in their activities to promote and support UK manufacturing for a period of five years.
  • Successful entries will be reproduced and may be used in various activities in connection with the EEF Photography
  • Competition, which may include the internet, other electronic media, publications or events. By entering the EEF
  • Photography Competition, entrants agree to their photographs being used for publicity purposes.
  • Where necessary, entrants must have permission from the client and photographer to submit the work. The entrant shall be deemed to warrant that they own the entire copyright in the work.
  • The entrant undertakes to indemnify the organisers and their partners and sponsors of the EEF Photography
  • Competition in respect of any breach of the above warranty.

How to apply

For completing the online application please click on the "Further official information" below.

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