What is civil engineering? Photo Competition

This year, we are asking you to focus on civil engineering in your local area.

We want to know what amazing examples of civil engineering you can find on your doorstep and their role in your community. Take a snap that you think captures the wonderful world of civil engineering and upload it below to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

The competition is part of #EngineeringSummer, designed to showcase civil engineering projects that make a difference to communities around the world. It could be a bridge that you cross every day, a new concert hall that’s transformed the area you live in, or simply a road that’s been designed to relieve congestion in your town. If it’s had a positive effect on you, or is simply stunning to look at, we want to see it!

There are two categories, each with a different prize:

11 – 17 years

Submit your entry to be in with a chance of winning the top prize of a £50 Amazon voucher, with two runner-up prizes of £25 Amazon vouchers. Please note, You’ll need a parent or guardian to submit your photo for you using the form below.


Do not enter any building sites or other private property unless you are being officially guided by a representative of the site owner as this is extremely dangerous and can lead to death, injury or being prosecuted. Please take care wherever you are photographing civil engineering – for example do not stand on or near the edge of roads or climb onto structures. Staying safe is more important than winning a competition!

18 and over

Submit your entry to be in with a chance of winning a £100 Amazon voucher.

Follow the hashtag on Twitter and let’s celebrate the civil engineers who transform society and safeguard the future! Closing date 21 August 2020.

Upload your photos

Please select which group you are submitting your photo for:

Your photo file must be JPG, JPEG or PNG format. The maximum file size for your image is 10 MB.

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Terms and conditions

  1. Entry is open to members and non-members of ICE. The competition is not open to ICE staff.
  2. The subject can be any aspect of civil engineering photographed in any location (inside or outside the UK) between 00.01 on 13 July 2020 and 23.59 on 21 August 2020.
  3. Images should be a minimum of 1500 x 2000 pixels, submitted in JPG, JPEG or PNG format and named in the following way: Name of image_first name of photographer_lastname.jpg eg SevernBridge_David_Jones.jpg
  4. Images may be cropped (whilst retaining standard image dimensions) and enhanced (e.g. brightened/lightened), but the content must not be manipulated (i.e. content must not be moved/added/removed).
  5. The judges reserve the right to exclude any image they believe has been excessively treated, altering its authenticity.
  6. When taking photographs on construction sites, permission must be obtained from the site owner and all Health and Safety rules must be adhered to at all times. You must ensure that all Health and Safety precautions are taken when taking photographs at any location.
  7. The photo(s) must be your own work and must not infringe the rights of any other party.
  8. The Promoter of this competition is: Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA.
  9. You must own the copyright of each picture entered and you will retain copyright, however in entering the competition you are granting ICE a royalty-free, world-wide license to publish images in print and electronic format for purposes connected with ICE and the promotion of civil engineering without acknowledgement (although a credit may be given if appropriate). No fees will be payable. ICE retains the right to pass to a 3rd party to promote civil engineering.
  10. ICE reserves the right to cancel this competition or amend the rules at any stage.
  11. The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. Amazon gift card in non-transferable and there is no cash equivalent.