IET announces winners of global photography competition

The annual contest is based on tackling the traditional, outdated image of engineering, and showing the next generation the vast opportunities it offers

To celebrate Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has today announced the winners of its annual photography competition in a bid to challenge misconceptions of engineering and demonstrate the ingenuity, breadth and vibrancy of the profession.

Supported by Amateur Photographer magazine and fronted by the Gadget Show’s Georgie Barrat, the Engineering & Technology Photographer of the Year 2018 was launched earlier in the year and was open to any photograph of an engineering-related subject that captures the dynamic, creative and progressive face of engineering and engineers today.

Gadget Show host and judge Georgie Barrat added: “The image of engineering in the media is really outdated and doesn’t reflect how exciting, creative and varied engineering careers can be – and this certainly won’t attract the next generation of talent, especially girls. We’ve selected some fantastic images that show first-hand how varied, exciting and life changing engineering really is.”

The IET received over 400 photos from young people and adults across the world, who submitted photos to five categories: Design and Production; Digital; Environment and Energy; Structures and Transport. Winners include:


  • Kathryn Graham, winner of the Design & Production category
  • Callum Woodford, winner of the Digital category
  • Mike Glendinning, winner of the Environment and Energy category
  • James Birchall, winner of the Structure category
  • Peter Thomas, winner of the Transport category


  • Rosina Canty, winner of the Design and Production category
  • Jodie Culmer, winner of the Digital category
  • Ben Steel, winner of the Environment and Energy category
  • Nathan Phua, winner of the Structure category
  • Mackenzie Hall, winner of the Transport category

Best Smart Phone photo

  • Sudip Maiti, winner of the best smart phone photo across all categories

The overall winner was announced as Mike Glendinning for his photo ‘Engineers are hot stuff’, which captures an engineer in the environmental testing facility at Leonardo in Edinburgh. The facility provides extreme environmental testing on complex electronic systems to check they are ready for real world use.

IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year and judge, Dr Ozak Esu, said: “Engineering is exciting and fast-changing – shaping the world around us and improving the quality of our everyday lives. And yet traditional images of engineering and engineers still focus on one area of the industry with hard hats and dirty overalls.”

“We launched our photography competition again this year to help banish this outdated image and we received some brilliant photographs from across the world – I’d like to congratulate our winners and highly commended entrants.”

Linda Bennett, Tim Green, Irina Jarrett-Thorpe, Danilo O. Victoriano Jr, Wai Choi Chow, Avijit Ghosh, Robert Charles Kershaw, Amanda Burgess, Adrian Gidney, Alfred Fong, Shivani Sai Valluri, Muhammad Salman Zahid, Sophie Lonnon, Nathan Phua and Luke Moores were all highly commended.

To coincide with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (5-9 November), which is nationwide initiative that focuses on changing the image of engineering, the winning and highly commended photos will be featured at the British Science Museum for a short exhibition on Friday 9 November and then placed at the IET’s London HQ, Savoy Place.

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