Engineers’ quayside images to inspire pride

Newcastle and Gateshead’s Quaysides are featured in the winning entries of a photographic competition run by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East in conjunction with Newcastle College students.

Newcastle students show off their images of iconic structures on the quayside
Newcastle students show off their images of iconic structures on the quayside

The images are to be used as part of a major promotion of the civil engineering profession, aimed at raising awareness among the public.

Featured in the winning entries were the High Level Bridge, Millennium Bridge and the Sage Gateshead. First place went to Kyle Ablett, 19 from Hebburn with his picture of the iconic archways of Robert Stephenson's High Level Bridge.

18 year old, Lauren Spence of West Denton took joint second place with a shot of the Millennium Bridge opened to allow boats to pass, together with an unusual angle shot down the Quayside, taking in a number of bridges, by 21 year old Emily Barnes from Walker. Third spot went to Isabel Mathias, 18 from Hebburn, with an abstract look at the Sage Gateshead.

Michael Taylor, Heritage Panel Chairman at ICE North East, said: "These fantastic photographs will be used in leaflets and online to help inform the public of the work of civil engineers and how it benefits everyday life. The images depict the historic significance and engineering heritage of the Tyne and will hopefully encourage people to visit the area and appreciate the icons around them.

"As well as winning prizes of up to £150, the winning students will see their photographs used in print and online to inspire pride in the region."

Catherine Shield, Course Leader for Photography in Newcastle College's School of Creative Industries, said: "The competition has been a great experience for all the students involved. Having the opportunity to work to a live brief and use their own creative ideas to produce a professional product gives them a unique insight into the industry and will be massively beneficial for their future careers. I would like to thank ICE for the opportunity and of course congratulate Kyle, Lauren, Emily and Isabel for this outstanding achievement."

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