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Photo competition

Civil engineering is all around us, it helps shape our world. Every year ICE Wales Cymru holds a photo competition to celebrate civil engineering across the country.

2023 winners

This year’s competition entries ‘Capturing and celebrating civil engineering in Wales’, encouraged our highest number of entries to date and a record number of votes, over 1,000!

For the first time the industry got involved sending amazing photos of their projects and as a result the judges took the decision to create two categories. Professional and Individual.

We are now delighted to announce the winners, showcased here and offer you the opportunity to view all this year’s entries in the virtual gallery.

Our thanks to all who entered and voted. You have made this year’s competition the best yet.

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Alejandro Plaza, Tecozam: A465 Taf Fawr bridges

Professional category - 1st prize

Alejandro Plaza, Tecozam: A465 Taf Fawr bridges

The striking aerial view was taken using a drone and shows how the valley has been spanned over the years by generations of bridges which now feature alongside the ongoing construction of the latest, the new A465 Taf Fawr bridge.

Kevin Dite, Knights Brown: Porthcawl coastal defence works

Professional category - 2nd prize

Kevin Dite, Knights Brown: Porthcawl coastal defence works

Judges praised the composition of the image, taken by a drone, which offered a birds eye view of the important works being undertaken on the iconic Breakwater structure at Porthcawl.

Gavin Davies, JN Bentley: Llandegfedd reservoir

Professional category - 3rd prize

Gavin Davies, JN Bentley: Llandegfedd reservoir

A fascinating image of civil engineering showing the intricate installation needed to fix in a scour valve at Llandegfedd Reservoir

David Curtis: Old Colwyn Steps

Individual category - 1st prize

David Curtis: Old Colwyn Steps

The continuing work on Colwyn Bay is close to the hearts of many with this photograph drawing in the most votes.

Luke Harris: Maintenance in dam tunnels

Individual category - 2nd prize

Luke Harris: Maintenance in dam tunnels

The artistic composition of this photograph graphically illustrated the scale of the tunnels being worked on and appealed to many.

Iwan Pritchard: Works on Colwyn Bay coastal defence

Individual category - 3rd prize

Iwan Pritchard: Works on Colwyn Bay coastal defence

This photograph certainly showcased civil engineering in a different light with a multitude of clever elements gaining your vote.

Greg Garson: The Vulcan Hotel, St Fagans, Cardiff

Heritage and Sustainability Award

Greg Garson: The Vulcan Hotel, St Fagans, Cardiff

This year the judges were looking for a photo which depicted the elements of ‘restore, re-use and recycle. The photo of the iconic Vulcan Hotel was deemed the ideal winner.

Our sponsors

The Photographic Competition is part of the ICE Wales Cymru Awards 2023.

We are grateful to our sponsors, together with valuable input from Mark Lewis Photography, for helping us to celebrate civil engineering achievement and excellence in the region.

Aecom

Aecom

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, partnering with clients to solve the world’s most complex challenges.

Arup

Arup

Arup is a world class firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists.

Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald

We’re a global engineering, management and development consultancy focused on guiding our clients through many of the planet’s most intricate challenges.