Photographer of the Year Competition

Capture engineering in a photograph and win the Photographer of the Year competition. 

Over-18s and overall winner 2017 - "Ancestors" by Kasun Weeraskara, South Asia RegionOver-18 winner and overall winner 2017 - "Ancestors" by Kasun Weeraskara, South Asia Region

This year's competition opened on 25 May 2018.

The competition

Members and non-members of the Institution are invited to submit up to three photographs on a set theme. 

This is a unique opportunity for anyone from across the world to share inspirational, striking images related to mechanical engineering. The judges will be looking for photographs that are ambitious, creative, thoughtful and representative of the theme of "Engineering a Better World".

A distinguished judging panel of leading industry professionals will select the winning images.

How do I enter?

  • Please submit up to three photographs on the theme of “Engineering a Better World” to
  • No filters or photo editing tools are permitted on photos submitted
  • All entries must be accompanied with a completed and signed application form.
Closing date: 30 September 2018.


  • Over 18 years regional winner (8 regional winners)
  • Over 18 years (1 winner, 1 runner up)
  • Under 18 years (1 winner, 1 runner up)

Prize details

The two winning photos, the over-18 years overall  winner and the under-18 years winner, will be featured in the Institution News and World Bulletin newsletters, read by over 63,000 people across the world.

Over-18 years regional winners

A winner will be selected from each of the eight regions – Americas, North East Asia, South East Asia, Southern Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Oceania and UK & Ireland.

Each regional winner will receive:
  • £100 prize money
  • Canvas of the winning photo
  • Certificate.

Over-18 years overall winner  

One overall winner and runner up will then be selected from the eight regional winners and will be awarded an additional: 

  • 1st prize £150 
  • 2nd prize £125
  • Contribution towards attending a regional dinner or Institution event (winner).

Under 18 years 

  • 1st prize £150 plus an instant camera
  • 2nd prize £100 
  • Photo printed on canvas 
  • Certificate.

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