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Image spanning three generations of bridges wins ICE Wales Cymru photo competition

Date
24 November 2022

This year’s theme was ‘capturing and celebrating civil engineering in Wales’.

Image spanning three generations of bridges wins ICE Wales Cymru photo competition
The winning photo depicts Pont Minllyn, Pont y Ffinnant and the Minllyn A470 trunk road bridge at Dinas Mawddwy, Gwynedd. Image credit: Cai Newell Jones

A photograph of three bridges crossing the river Dovey, each constructed at a different time, has won this year’s ICE Wales Cymru photo competition.

The winning photo, taken by Cai Newell Jones, was praised for its creativity and historical reference.

The composition of three generations of bridges across the same location struck a chord with the public, who voted the image a clear winner in a record number of entries across Wales.

Three bridges over river Dovey
Pont Minllyn, Pont y Ffinnant and the Minllyn A470 trunk road bridge. Image credit: Cai Newell Jones

The oldest bridge, Pont Minllyn, was built in the early 17th century as a narrow two-arched packhorse bridge. The Grade II listed scheduled ancient monument is still standing today.

The next to be built was Pont y Ffinnant, but the only one that's currently in use is the modern Minllyn A470 trunk road bridge at Dinas Mawddwy, Gwynedd.

The image embodied this year’s competition theme, ‘capturing and celebrating civil engineering in Wales’.

The second prize was given to Michael Crowley for his image of the new Dyfi Bridge Scheme.

New Dyfi Bridge Scheme
The new Dyfi Bridge Scheme. Image credit: Michael Crowley

The scheme includes a 725m long viaduct, with an innovative 440m long push launch section, which is shown in the photograph.

Third place was presented to Jon Morgan, whose entry showcased the work of civil engineers.

Safety Meshing works at ENGIE-Llanberis Hydro Electric power
Safety meshing works at ENGIE-Llanberis hydroelectric power station. Image credit: Jon Morgan

In this instance, it portrayed the safety meshing works at ENGIE-Llanberis hydroelectric power station taken against the magnificent backdrop of the Snowdonia mountain range.

The winner of Heritage Award was Greg Garson for his atmospheric photograph of Conwy Castle.

Conwy Castle
Conwy Castle. Image credit: Greg Garson

The new Sustainability Award gave Jones a second win in the competition, as he was awarded the win for his photo of the Llangollen A5 retaining walls.

Llangollen A5 Retaining Walls
Llangollen A5 retaining walls. Image credit: Cai Newell Jones

Details of next year’s competition will be announced during the start of 2023.

  • Belinda Thomas, communications lead at ICE Wales Cymru