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ICE launches ‘engineering that has changed your life for the better’ photo competition

01 August 2022

It’s part of #EngineeringSummer, a campaign to celebrate the work of civil engineers and their contribution to society.

ICE launches ‘engineering that has changed your life for the better’ photo competition
Changi Airport in Singapore has helped to boost the economy and tourism in the country. Image credit: Derek T/Shutterstock

ICE has called for members of the public to send in photos of life-changing engineering projects for a chance to win a £100 gift voucher.

As part of Engineering Summer 2022, the institution’s campaign to celebrate civil engineers and the work they do, people are asked to submit images that show ‘engineering that has changed your life for the better’.

Simon Barney, head of communications at ICE, said the photo competition is a “fantastic” opportunity to show appreciation for projects that have had a positive impact.

“Civil engineering makes a huge difference to all our lives, but because the work that civil engineers do is woven so tightly into the fabric of society, it’s often unacknowledged,” he said.

For the purposes of the competition, the 'life-changing' projects can have national, if not global, effects, or they can be more local.

Barney said: “Whether it’s something simple like a new road layout that has made your high street safer, or a major project such as Crossrail that has cut your journey time down significantly, if it’s made a positive impact on your life, we want to see it and hear about it.”

“The judges will be looking for striking images and a great description that together really tell a story,” he said.

The pictures can be of civil engineering projects anywhere in the world.

How to enter

Entrants can submit as many images as they wish, but each one should be uploaded and submitted individually.

Each entry should also have a sentence to explain why the image fits with the theme of ‘engineering that has changed your life for the better’.

The competition closes on 4 September 2022.

Follow the hashtag #EngineeringSummer on ICE’s social media channels for updates.

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Last year’s winner: the beauty of civil engineering

Bencoolen Station in Singapore photo by Chas Pope
Last year's winning photo is of Bencoolen Station in Singapore. Image credit: Chas Pope

A photo filled "ceiling to floor” with civil engineering won last year's photo competition, fitting the theme of ‘the beauty of civil engineering’.

The image, taken by Chas Pope, is of Bencoolen Station in Singapore, where the Londoner is based.

Pope, a structural engineer at Arup, said: “The beauty of this underground station only reveals itself as you go deeper towards platform level.”

“The vast underground space is beautiful to the layman, but even more so to an engineer who appreciates the forces at work,” Pope explained in his submission.

Pope was awarded a £100 gift voucher for winning first place, with his photo being chosen out of nearly 200 submitted from more than 90 people.

  • Ana Bottle, digital content editor at ICE