Newcastle photographer captures spirit of UK manufacturing

Newcastle photographer Mike Smith takes top spot at EEF Made in Britain Photography Awards Mike Smith, winner of the Professional photographer category in the EEF Photography Awards 2013, presented with his award by Bob Pickles, Director of Public Sector Business Development and Public Sector, Canon UK & Ireland
Mike Smith, being presented with his award by Bob Pickles

A professional photographer from Newcastle has won a national competition celebrating UK manufacturing.

For the second year running, Mike Smith was named the winner of the professional photographer category in the EEF Made in Britain Photography Awards 2013, held in the House of Commons in London.

Entrants were challenged to submit photos that championed the spirit of manufacturing in Britain. Almost 800 were submitted from across the country, with 77 being shortlisted.

Smith’s winning image, Completion, showed a newly completed HD Plough manufactured by Soil Machine Dynamics.

The plough is designed to bury electrical cables connecting wind farms and will form a vital part in the future of renewable energy.

The UK’s unique capability and innovation in heavy engineering has led to technologically advanced products and a position as global leader in a field that is powering the future. Judges praised the dramatic photograph for its strong colour palette, with contrasting machinery and lighting creating a sense of scale.

Barrie Street, customer marketing manager at Canon UK, which sponsored the category, said: “This competition provides people with the opportunity to express their passion for the manufacturing sector through the power of image, and it’s clear to see from the quality of the winning entries it has been a real success.

“Canon is truly proud to sponsor these awards and I would like to congratulate all of the winners, runners-up and everyone that took part.”

Terry Scuoler, chief executive at EEF, said: “Congratulations to Mike and everyone who was shortlisted in the awards.

“Manufacturing is exciting and constantly evolving, and we are proud of all of our entrants who have helped us redefine the public perception of manufacturing with their eclectic range of images.”


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer