Newcastle photographers celebrate being shortlisted for national award

Three photographers from Newcastle have been invited to a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament after being shortlisted for a photography award

Mike Smith Completion, taken by Mike Smith, shortlisted in the professional photographer category
Completion, taken by Mike Smith, shortlisted in the professional photographer category

Three Newcastle photographers are celebrating British design and manufacturing with stunning pictures which have seen them shortlisted for a national award.

Mike Smith, Martin Avery and Mara Acoma have been invited to a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament after reaching the finals of the project backed by EEF the manufacturers’ organisation.

Mike was shortlisted in the professional category, sponsored by Canon, with his two images capturing manufacturing processes in deep sea project technologies at Davy Markham in Sheffield and SMD in Newcastle. Martin was shortlisted in the same category for his two photographs of high integrity steel castings by the Bonds Northern Foundry Group and final inspection of Komatsu UK machines. Mara was shortlisted in the amateur category, sponsored by Lombard, for her photograph of the manufacturing process of thermoplastic compounds used in the injection and moulding industries.

Mara Acoma Polymer Compounders 3, taken by Mara Acoma
Polymer Compounders 3, taken by Mara Acoma
 

The EEF Photography Awards aim to showcase how vibrant, modern and expansive British manufacturing is today and are sponsored by Canon, Lombard and the ERA Foundation.

The photographers’ images will be exhibited in the House of Commons as part of 77 shortlisted entries from around the country. An overall winner from each of the four entry groups will be awarded a share of £5,000

Barrie Street, manufacturing business development manager for Canon UK & Europe, said: “The entrants have really succeeded in bringing Britain’s manufacturing industry to life using the power of image. We wish Mike, Martin, Mara and all of the shortlisted entries the very best of luck.”

Andrew Tuscher, region director at EEF said: “Every shortlisted image is to be applauded for capturing the wide variety of products and processes that keep UK manufacturing world class. Our finalists have captured the essence of the industry, and shown what British manufacturing is all about.”

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