Ben Steel, 15, from Horsham, West Sussex has been named as one of the winners of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s annual photography competition for 2018.
Ben won the Youth Environment & Energy category for his photo ‘Groyne at Worthing’, which captures a coastal defence on Worthing beach. Ben was drawn to the waves breaking on the shore and as the tide came in, he was intrigued as to how such a simple piece of engineering could withstand the power of the sea.
The IET Engineering & Technology Photographer of the Year 2018 was launched earlier in the year in a bid to challenge misconceptions of engineering and demonstrate the ingenuity, breadth and vibrancy of the profession. It was open to any photograph of an engineering-related subject that captures the dynamic, creative and progressive face of engineering and engineers today.
Commenting on winning, Ben said: “After taking many images while we were visiting the beach as a family, this image stood out from the others, so after reading about the competition in the IET magazine, I decided to give it a go and see what happened. I was totally shocked and very surprised to find out that my image had won for its category!
“To me, engineering means being able to shape our environment and overcome problems by using both simple and complex ideas – my image shows how the simplest of designs can work especially in harsh environments such as the beach front.”
The IET received over 400 photos from young people and adults across the world, who submitted photos to five categories: Design and Production; Digital; Environment and Energy; Structures and Transport.
IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year and judge, Dr Ozak Esu, said: “Engineering is exciting and fast-changing – shaping the world around us and improving the quality of our everyday lives. And yet traditional images of engineering and engineers still focus on one area of the industry with hard hats and dirty overalls.
“We launched our photography competition again this year to help banish this outdated image and we received some brilliant photographs from across the world – I’d like to congratulate our winners and highly commended entrants.”
To celebrate ‘Tomorrow’s Engineers Week’ (5-9 November), which is nationwide initiative that focuses on changing the image of engineering, the winning and highly commended photos were featured at the British Science Museum for a short exhibition on Friday (9 November) and then placed at the IET’s London HQ, Savoy Place.