Stunning photographs showing some of the North East’s most hi-tech workplaces are in the running for national awards.
The Make It Britain Awards are run by employers’ organisation EEF in association with finance company Lombard to highlight the best of British manufacturing.
The nominations for this year’s awards have been announced, with three Tyneside photographers bidding to take awards.
Among them is professional photographer Mike Smith, who has won the professional photographers’ category for the last two years and who has three nominations this time round as he tries to make it three wins in a row.
Mr Smith, whose pictures are regularly The Journal, is nominated for three images of subsea mining vehicles manufactured at Soil Machine Dynamics and Oldham Engineering Ltd for Nautilus Minerals and Sistac.
He said: “I’m a bit of a closet engineer, I suppose. I would have loved to be in that line of work because I’ve always found machinery and kit fascinating.
“The fact that it’s built here, on our doorstep, makes it even better. We don’t always realise in the North East what we’ve got here. We’ve got some great companies and some of the things we’re turning out in the oil and gas sector are amazing.
“I told a client recently that I would have paid to see some of the things I photograph, let alone get paid.”
Also nominated in the professional photographer category is Martin Avery, from Newcastle, for his image of a globe body valve at Bonds Foundry in County Durham.
Uwe Niggemeier, from Gateshead, is nominated in the amateur photographer category, for his image of a rolling mill producing a steel plate at Spartan UK in Gateshead.
All the nominated photographs will go on display at an awards ceremony in the House of Commons on December 11 where the winning photographer will be announced.
The competition aims to raise the profile of British manufacturing by showcasing the industry’s creativity, diversity and heritage through inspiring photography.
It is part of EEF’s ongoing Make it Britain campaign, which champions the vitality and vibrancy of the UK’s manufacturing and industrial base.
Neil Lloyd, head of sales development at Lombard Business and Commercial, said: “This competition is about capturing the spirit of modern-day manufacturing and these photographers have to be congratulated for taking standout photographs that do exactly that.
“Their images successfully capture the rich innovation, excitement and importance of industry in Britain today and I can’t wait to see them displayed in Parliament to maximum effect.”