Monthly #112 - Inspiring Engineering Competition

Competition Details
Closing Date: 31/10/2021
Judge: PRYorkshire

As a STEM Ambassador I work with schools to explain what engineering is and to inspire children to consider a career in engineering. For October's competition I would like to see images that show subjects that could inspire someone to become an engineer. The subject can be in any form of engineering, be it mechanical, electrical, electronic or constructional. Ideally the image should place the subject in its engineering form and function so this can be easily understood by a 12 to 16 year old.

The usual monthly competition rules apply, the photograph MUST have been taken using a Pentax camera in this month October 2021. Please ensure that either the EXIF file shows the date taken or if not then this is confirmed in the description.
Competition Entries

PRYorkshire

Link Posted 01/11/2021 - 09:41
A number of good entries for this month’s competition on the subject of Inspiring Engineering with images covering a wide range of engineering subjects. In making my decision of the winner, in addition to the photographic quality, I have used the brief of does the image ‘place the subject in its engineering form and function so this can be easily understood by a 12 to 16 year old’.

Man & Machine by Sprite – a good opening entry and having spent most of my engineering career designing railway locomotives and rolling stock an image that I can relate to and would certainly inspire me when I was considering a career as an engineer. The shot shows the engineering intricacies of the locomotive’s motion and valve gear and the image works well in b&w. I’m unsure whether the loco was stationary or moving as the wheels are sharp and in focus but the crosshead looks like it could be moving.

Spitfire Mk IX by HazyJ – whilst a lovely shot of one of the most famous aircraft and immediately recognised as an excellent piece of inspiring engineering, regrettably this entry had to be discounted as from the EXIF data the image wasn’t taken this month.

Avro Vulcan Bomber by MackemGeorge – another great piece of engineering and luckily one that I used to regularly see flying from RAF Finningley/Doncaster Airport. The Vulcan would certainly be recognised by a young aspiring engineer and the inclusion of people in the shot shows the size of those delta wings and the Olympus engine air intake. I do find the telecoms mast in the background slightly distracting but I’m guessing you were restricted in how you could get the shot of the plane.

Sea Defence by Nigelk – A great image that I had to look closely at to see the engineering aspect. Once you see the profile of the stones you then realise their engineering form and function. Overall a very impressive long exposure shot in what appears to be difficult lighting conditions.

One Small Step for Man by perspicador – Clearly a shot of the moon seen through passing clouds. However without the title I wouldn’t have immediately made an engineering connection. Once the connection with man travelling to the moon is made then it is certainly an inspiring engineering achievement.

Northern Spire Bridge by jofford – An image which clearly shows the subject’s engineering form and function. Not a bridge that I was aware of but the image shows the size and beauty of the central “A frame” and the cables supporting the decks on either side and in a way that would be immediately obvious to a 12 to 16 year old. An impressive image in its own right.

Lens by Fodwick – certainly an impressive piece of engineering, more so when you start to think how it is possible to manufacture such a small item to the accuracy required. Something to add a sense of the small size would aid a 12 to 16 year old to appreciate the delicacy of the lens and the engineering involved in its design and manufacture.

Canal terrace support by Noelcmn – a lack of EXIF data and no confirmation of the date the image was taken in the description means that this entry has to be discounted.

Based on the judging criteria the winner and placings are:
Winner – Northern Spire Bridge by jofford
Second Place – Sea Defence by Nigelk
Third Place – Man & Machine by sprite

jofford

Link Posted 01/11/2021 - 19:09
Thanks PR for the win and the encouraging comments. I am pleased to have met your appropriately challenging criteria and, as a retired teacher, I am always happy to contribute to the education of young students.

I will post a challenge for November before the night is out, when I have taken a bit of time to think about it, John

MackemGeorge

Link Posted 01/11/2021 - 21:16
Congratulations to John for the winning shot, I passed this so many times during construction and never once considered stopping to photograph it, pity.

Congratulations to Nigelk and sprite for 2nd and 3rd, well done.

Thank you PR for setting the competition and judging and critique, I did ask if they would move the Vulcan to get a better shot but they said that there was not a pilot available at the time so that option wasn't available and the phone company refused point blank to dismantle the mast for the picture.

PRYorkshire

Link Posted 02/11/2021 - 19:25
jofford wrote:
Thanks PR for the win and the encouraging comments. I am pleased to have met your appropriately challenging criteria and, as a retired teacher, I am always happy to contribute to the education of young students.

John you actually inspired me to look on the Institute of Civil Engineers website about the bridge.

Interestingly the article states "The project inspired young people to consider careers in construction and civil engineering in various ways. Five apprentices and nine graduates worked on the project, while 77 STEM students from Sunderland College visited and gained work experience on the project. Employability skills training was also delivered to 91 people at Springboard/Sunderland College."

So not only did your photo fulfil my brief but so did the actual bridge itself!
Paul

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jofford

Link Posted 03/11/2021 - 00:52
PRYorkshire wrote:
jofford wrote:
Thanks PR for the win and the encouraging comments. I am pleased to have met your appropriately challenging criteria and, as a retired teacher, I am always happy to contribute to the education of young students.

John you actually inspired me to look on the Institute of Civil Engineers website about the bridge.

Interestingly the article states "The project inspired young people to consider careers in construction and civil engineering in various ways. Five apprentices and nine graduates worked on the project, while 77 STEM students from Sunderland College visited and gained work experience on the project. Employability skills training was also delivered to 91 people at Springboard/Sunderland College."

So not only did your photo fulfil my brief but so did the actual bridge itself!

That is really good to hear!!
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