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Teenager from Castle Manor Academy in Haverhill wins Institution of Engineering and Technology photography competition

A 15-year-old from Haverhill has been named as one of the winners of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s annual photography competition for 2018.

Rosina Canty, a student at Castle Manor Academy, won the Youth Design & Production category for her photo ‘Ultra Precision’, which is a close up image of a sealed inner plate at Ultra Precision Limited where her dad works.

Rosina, who lives on the Arrendene estate, is doing photography at school, currently studying Peter Keetman who took photos in factories in Germany during World War Two – his work inspired her while she was visiting her Dad’s workplace and she took the opportunity to capture elements of the factory that fascinated her.

The winning photograph taken by Rosina (5266854)
The winning photograph taken by Rosina (5266854)

Rosina said: “I entered this competition because I'm interested in photography – my aim is to continue this passion at college. I’m delighted to have won as I didn't expect it.

"My image challenges outdated engineering stereotypes as it captures the precision that goes into designing a product. It doesn't contain the stereotypical overalls and dirt as that's not what engineering is all about.”

The IET received over 400 photos from young people and adults across the world, who submitted photos to five categories: Design and Production; Digital; Environment and Energy; Structures and Transport.

The IET Engineering & Technology Photographer of the Year 2018 was launched earlier in the year in a bid to challenge misconceptions of engineering and demonstrate the ingenuity, breadth and vibrancy of the profession. It was open to any photograph of an engineering-related subject that captures the dynamic, creative and progressive face of engineering and engineers today.

Rosina Canty (5266578)
Rosina Canty (5266578)

IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year and judge, Dr Ozak Esu, said: “Engineering is exciting and fast-changing – shaping the world around us and improving the quality of our everyday lives.

"And yet traditional images of engineering and engineers still focus on one area of the industry with hard hats and dirty overalls.

“We launched our photography competition again this year to help banish this outdated image and we received some brilliant photographs from across the world – I’d like to congratulate our winners and highly commended entrants.”

To celebrate Engineers Week (November 5-9), a nationwide initiative that focuses on changing the image of engineering, the winning and highly commended photos were featured at the British Science Museum for a short exhibition on Friday, November 9 and then placed at the IET’s London HQ, Savoy Place.

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