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ICE photo competition winner reflects value of connecting communities

Date
29 September 2022

A mirrored image of a bridge on the water wins contest celebrating civil engineering that changes lives for the better.

ICE photo competition winner reflects value of connecting communities
This year’s theme was ‘civil engineering that has changed your life for the better’.

The winner: Stockingfield Junction and Bridge by George McBurnie

Stockingfield Bridge reflected on water
1st prize: Stockingfield Junction and Bridge in Scotland by George McBurnie

The image, taken by George McBurnie, is of Stockingfield Junction and Bridge reflected on the Forth and Clyde Canal in Glasgow, Scotland.

The photo was submitted in line with this year’s theme of ‘civil engineering that has changed your life for the better’.

McBurnie, a senior project manager for Scottish Canals, highlighted the benefits of this structure in how it:

  • connects communities
  • provides active travel routes
  • protects a 200-year-old aqueduct
  • hosts community art projects

One of the competition’s judges, ICE Fellow Stephen Dellow, praised the photograph for being “truly stunning” and eye-catching.

He said: “[The photo’s] embracing amazing infrastructure together with telling a story through connecting communities and making a real difference in making our lives better.”

“The colour and light combinations made me want to arrange a site visit straight away and see it in the flesh for myself.”

McBurnie was awarded a £100 voucher for winning first place.

Entrants came from all over the world including Britain, Qatar, Singapore, Croatia, China, the United Arab Emirates, and India.

2nd place: Round Island Route (RIR), Singapore by Hui Hui Chin

Round Island Route in Singapore
2nd place: Round Island Route (RIR) in Singapore by Hui Hui Chin

The runner-up image, submitted by Hui Hui Chin, features the Round Island Route (RIR) in Singapore.

With a length of approximately 150km at completion, it loops around the entire island, providing routes for active travel like cycling, jogging and skating.

Chin, a senior geotechnical engineer at Arup, highlighted that the first phase of the project, a 75km cycling route and footpath, has been successful in connecting the community with nature in the east of Singapore.

Chin noted the project’s alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Chin said: “To safeguard our environment, over 5000 trees and shrubs were planted, and marine tiles were installed along the coast to provide habitats to native biodiversity.”

Solar powered charging points were also installed along the route to reduce its carbon footprint.

Joint 3rd place: Giant excavator in Luoping Wind Farm by Yuantao Cao and London Underground by Tianchi Wu

The judges decided that Yuantao Cao’s and Tianchi Wu’s photographs both deserved 3rd place in the competition.

Giant excavator in Luoping Wind Farm by Yuantao Cao
Joint 3rd place: Giant excavator in Luoping Wind Farm by Yuantao Cao

Cao’s photo shows a giant excavator in Luoping Wind Farm, located in the Yunnan province of China, designed and built in 2018.

Cao explained that apart from generating renewable electricity, the farm improves lives by providing roads that connect rural areas.

London Underground sign with the Shard in the background
Joint 3rd place: London Underground by Tianchi Wu

Tianchi Wu’s photo features the London Underground sign lit up at nighttime, with the iconic Shard in the background.

Wu said: “No matter how late it is, how tired you are, how far away your house is from the city centre, you [can] always rely on the underground to take you home...”


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  • Ana Bottle, digital content editor at ICE