A Walsall College student has been shortlisted for an award for the EEF national photography competition.
The EEF competition was launched to inspire a better public perception of UK manufacturing and engineering through photographs. Open to both amateur and professional snappers, entrants are encouraged to capture both traditional and high-tech images that reflect the diversity of the sector.
Nathan Davis, who is studying a Level 5 HND photography course, will attend an award ceremony in Westminster London later this month, where the winners will be announced.
Entrants were asked to enter one of four categories, including Future Technology, Manufacturing Process, Manufacturing Products and the ‘Next Generation’ of talent.
Each category will have one winner from each of the three skill levels, professional, amateur and young photographer under the age of 20 years.
Nathan submitted some striking images for the Future Technology category as an amateur photographer, including a close-up of a motherboard.
He said, “IT is a lead industry in our world. I wanted to represent its importance by taking photographs of a motherboard from a computer, and making it look like a city. The aim was to show how technology if taking over our world.”
Winners will receive a share of EEF’s £5000 prize fund, which will go towards helping them continue their passion for photography.
On top of a shared cash prize, winners will also receive high-profile media exposure, including the government’s Great Britain campaign. Their work will be exhibited to the public at ministerial offices, EEF offices across the country, as well as some of Britain’s biggest and busiest railway stations managed by Network Rail.
The winning images will be displayed at the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 2018 Gala Dinner, EEF National Manufacturing Conference & Dinner 2019 and a showcase of the best images will be used in their print media and public relations activity.
Alan Tyler, Head of Curriculum for Art and Design, Photography and Music, said: “We are committed to working in partnership with professional bodies to ensure students gain the highest level of skills in line with industry standards.
“We are delighted that Nathan’s talents have been recognised by the EEF, which is a testament to the brilliant work our tutors do in helping budding photographers develop their craft.
Encouraging students to enter industry competitions is an important element of all our HE photography courses to ensure their skills are challenged and stretched, so they can achieve their full potential.”
For more information about enrolling on a course at Walsall College, please call 01922 657000.