BBC Studios a winner!

A striking image featuring the new BBC studios development in Cardiff has won this year’s “This is civil engineering in Wales” photo competition run by ICE Wales Cymru.

2017 Overall Winner Greg Garson with his image “Cardiff Central Square” (BBC studios)
2017 Overall Winner Greg Garson with his image “Cardiff Central Square” (BBC studios)

"Cardiff Central Square" by Greg Garson was voted unanimously as the winning image. They judges loved the two elements of the photograph – the historic image of Cardiff Central station with the modern development of the new BBC Studios towering above. Greg, who is a Senior Engineer at Arup, receives a £200 cash prize and will also see his image used by the Institution of Civil Engineers and ICE Wales Cymru to help promote civil engineering in the future to schools and at events like the Eisteddfodd.

The BBC studios featured heavily in the exhibition of shortlisted photographs as one of the largest construction schemes currently being undertaken in Wales and another image featuring the new studios also made the top three.

Taking third prize is "Morning Shadows" by Matthew Hartley showing the new BBC studios being constructed in the heart of the city immediately adjacent to Cardiff's main railway station. Matthew wins seventy five pounds and also receives Highly Commended for his image "Maze of Beams", also of the new BBC studios.

In second place is an image depicting a vital, but often forgotten element of civil engineering – the waste sector: "Landfillhouette" by Sean Hughes. Sean wins one hundred pounds and also receives Highly Commended for his image "The Big Cover Up", an image showing the scale of the landfill task.

Landfillhouette by Sean Hughes (landfill site)
"Landfillhouette" by Sean Hughes (landfill site)
Morning Shadows by Matthew Hartley (BBC studios)
"Morning Shadows" by Matthew Hartley (BBC studios)
Fairness, Inclusion & Respect category Winner: Women at Work by Sarah Jones
Fairness, Inclusion & Respect category Winner: "Women at Work" by Sarah Jones

The Fairness, Inclusion and Respect category aims to promote equality and diversity and combat discrimination in civil engineering and the winning image "Women at Work" by Sarah Jones shows two young female engineers working together at the Roath Stream Flood Defences Site in Cardiff. It perfectly illustrates that civil engineering is an amazing career choice for women, despite it being seen traditionally as a male role. Sarah is giving her prize money of £50 to the two student subjects of her photograph.

The winning image in the Heritage category "Laying the New Track" by Nicky Rhodes shows Carmarthen Velodrome - one of the oldest surviving outdoor velodromes in the world - being reinvigorated as a twenty first century sports facility, more than a century after it was first opened.

The Under 16 category winner is "No Time to Reflect" by Rosie Jones for her image of the engineering marvel that is the wooden rollercoaster at Oakwood, winning £50 and "Llys-Y-Fran Reservoir" by Daniel Ogden takes second prize (£25).

Steve Lawrence ICE Wales Cymru Chairman said, announcing the winners at a special awards ceremony this week:

"There has again been an amazing number of entries representing different aspects of civil engineering from our members, colleagues in the industry, camera club members and members of the public, including entries to our under 16 category. The best of those entries were exhibited at the Dahl Gallery in Cardiff Bay's Norwegian Church for two weeks in September and more than three hundred visitors saw the exhibition.

The annual "This is civil engineering in Wales" competition is open to all - schools, colleges, photo clubs, members of the public, as well as those in the industry to help the Institution raise the profile of the profession. If the images have inspired you follow @ICEWalesCymru on Twitter for announcements on how to get involved in next year's competition.