Photographer of the Year Competition

Over-18s and overall winner 2018 - Over-18 winner and overall winner 2018  - "Acoustic Anechoic Chamber" by Carl Howard, Oceania Region

Capture engineering in a photograph to win our Photographer of the Year competition. This year’s competition is now open.

The competition

Members and non-members of the Institution are invited to submit up to three photographs on a set theme. 

The theme for 2020 competition is ‘COVID-19 through an engineering lens’.

In the difficult time of the outbreak of COVID-19, while the health care workers are fighting for saving lives, mechanical engineers around the world are fighting hard to develop solutions to ease the situation. 

This is a unique opportunity for all engineers from across the world to share inspirational, and striking images related to how they deal with the outbreak of the COVID-19. The judges will be looking for photographs that are ambitious, creative, thoughtful and provide encouragement and inspiration.

A distinguished judging panel of leading industry professionals will select the winning images.

How do I enter?

  • Please send up to three photographs to by 30 November 2020. All entries must be accompanied with a completed and signed application form
  • No radical changes should be made to the original image. Filters are not permitted nor additions from any source. RAW conversion, cropping, straightening and removal of minor blemishes is allowed.  

Submission specifications

File format: JPEG
Longest dimension: 1000 pixels
Color space: sRGB
Restrictions: no borders, no signatures and watermarks

Prize details

The overall winning photos will be featured in the Institution News newsletter, read by over 63,000 people across the world.

Regional winners

A winner and a runner up will be selected from the winner of the eight  regions – Americas, North East Asia, South East Asia, Southern Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa, UK and Ireland  and Oceania.

Each regional winner will receive:

  • £100 prize money
  • Certificate

Overall winner and runner up

One overall winner and runner up will then be selected from the regional winners and will be awarded an additional: 

  • 1st prize £200 
  • 2nd prize £150
  • Certificate
  • Winning photos will be featured in Institution News
  • Canvas of the winning photo

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