Yorkshire & Humber photographers put civil engineering in the frame

A Wakefield-based engineer has claimed first prize in a photography competition designed to promote the civil engineering profession with a photograph inspired by a famous image of New York.

Competition winner Sarah Gregory with ICE Yorkshire and Humber Director Penny Marshall.
Competition winner Sarah Gregory with ICE Yorkshire and Humber Director Penny Marshall.

Sarah Gregory, a Transportation and Traffic Design Technician from Normanton, came first in the 'This is Civil Engineering' photo competition run by ICE Yorkshire and Humber, with her photograph of female engineers 'Ladies at Lunch'.

The photograph was inspired by the famous black-and-white image 'Lunch atop a skyscraper', which shows workers eating lunch on a girder above the skyline, taken during the construction of New York City's Rockefeller Centre in 1932.

The 'This is Civil Engineering' campaign was launched by the ICE to raise the profile of civil engineering as a profession, and to promote understanding of what civil engineering involves and its impact on society.

Sarah, who works for A-one+ as part of the team that maintains motorways and trunk roads in Yorkshire, said: "It's an honour to win this award. 'Ladies at Lunch' was inspired by the famous picture, this is today's version, illustrating working women at lunch." Sarah plans to donate her £120 prize money to a local scout group, 33rd Barnsley (Lundwood).

ICE Yorkshire and Humber Director Penny Marshall added: "I'd like to congratulate Sarah on winning this award; her photograph was the best of a number of very good entries. 'Ladies at Lunch' is not only an excellent photograph, it also illustrates how much the construction industry has moved forward, both in terms of health and safety and gender balance. It shows that more and more women in the Yorkshire and Humber region are opting for a career in civil engineering."

Second prize went to Bogdan Tutoveanu from Sheffield for "Cobweb Bridge and Spider's Cobweb (Sheffield)", and third place was awarded to Matthew Powell from Leeds, for "Bridgewater Place with Waste to Energy Plant on Horizon", who receive £80 and £50 respectively.

View all three of the winning photographs