Carlisle photographer snaps up national manufacturing photography award for drainage pipe picture

A gifted amateur photographer from Carlisle has beaten off fierce competition to snap up an EEF National Manufacturing Photography Award, sponsored by Liberty House Group and in partnership with the GREAT Campaign.

Steve McLellan, from Carlisle, was named Best Amateur Photographer in the Manufacturing Product category at the final of EEF’s manufacturing photography competition held on Tuesday 20th November in Westminster. As well as the title, Steve walked away with a share of £5000 in prizes.

McLellan wowed judges with his eye-catching image of finished jacking pipes manufactured by Barnsley based Naylor Drainage which were awaiting shipment to all points of the globe. Judges felt the image was original and unique as the display of hidden colour resulted in a strong and interesting image. 

The competition, now in its 9th year, seeks creative images that capture the essence of modern manufacturing. Photographs can portray any stage of manufacturing – from design, process and technology in action through to the finished product – and can cover traditional or high-tech sectors.

In addition to being a skilled photographer, Steve is the Managing Director of pipe distributor JDP, a major customer of Naylor Drainage Ltd.

Naylor Steve McLellanMcLellan says: “I loved taking part in this competition as manufacturing is a fantastic subject matter, offering such diverse opportunities for dramatic or challenging shots. It’s a very visual industry, but also very demanding of the photographer – it requires a good eye, skill and patience to truly do it justice. 

“I’m proud to have been named winner and it has been an honour seeing my work on display alongside so many other fantastic images of modern-day UK manufacturing.”

Stephen Phipson, CEO at EEF, says: “From investing in the future by providing high-quality apprenticeships to exporting world class products across the globe, manufacturing is the perfect illustration of British ingenuity and creativity. Steve and all the other talented photographers shortlisted this year are to be congratulated on their incredible images that brilliantly reflect the innovation and dynamism of our sector.” 

A spokesperson from Liberty commented: “The UK manufacturing sector is diverse, delivering many world leading products, services and technologies. The EEF Manufacturing Photography competition provides a vast array of opportunities to capture images that celebrate our industry and inspire a new generation of engineering and manufacturing professionals among young people. Liberty via the GFG Foundation is already working towards the revival of engineering skills in the United Kingdom and we hope this competition would give young people a further opportunity to get involved and choose manufacturing as their future career.”

The manufacturing photography competition will run again in 2019 – details will be announced next year. For more information visit:


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