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Can you portray "COVID-19 through an engineering lens" in a photograph?

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Our 2018 Over-18 winner and overall winner, Acoustic Anechoic Chamber, by Carl Howard, Oceania Region
Our 2018 Over-18 winner and overall winner, Acoustic Anechoic Chamber, by Carl Howard, Oceania Region

IMechE's Photographer of the Year competition 2020 opens on 8 October.

During this pandemic we have seen a completely different version of the world; this competition gives engineers an opportunity to showcase their photographic view to a global audience. Our aim is to capture engineering in a photograph, uncovering images that highlight the things around us.

Entry is open to members and non-members of the Institution, over the age of 18.

Organised by the International Young Member Committee, this competition provides a brilliant opportunity for people to showcase their photography skills based on an engineering theme. Whether you’re a member or non-member, amateur or professional, in your twenties or fifties, we’d like to invite you to share your striking images and help us to raise awareness of mechanical engineering.

Chua Yaw Long, IYMC Vice Chair said,

"COVID 19 brought about unprecedented changes to the world that requires immediate solutions and contributions by all including mechanical engineering. Members of IMechE around the world who share the mission and vision of “Improving the world through engineering” have a paramount role and responsibility to play. These selfless and heroic contributions ought to be captured and highlighted to the world.

This year’s theme ‘COVID 19 through an engineering lens ‘ aims to achieve this and is opened for all. This will ensure that these contributions will forever be etched in the hearts of everyone. Capture these moments, send in your photos and stand a chance to win cash prizes.’

The distinguished panel of judges will be on the lookout for photographs that are ambitious, creative, thoughtful and representative of our key theme.

Our judges will focus on:

  • Technical Merit: quality of the photograph
  • Visual Appeal: the sense one gets upon viewing the photograph
  • Theme Conveyed: how well the photograph conveys the theme "COVID-19 through an engineering lens"

How to enter

This year’s competition opens on 8 October 2020.

Entrants are invited to submit up to three photographs on this year’s theme by 30 November 2020.


There is a £100 prize and a certificate on offer for regional winners from each of the following regions:

  • Americas
  • North East Asia
  • Southern Asia
  • South East Asia
  • Europe
  • Middle East and Africa
  • Oceania
  • UK and Ireland.

There will then be an overall winner and runner up selected from the regional winners and will be awarded additional prizes.

Further information 

For more information on this competition visit the Photographer of the Year page. If you have any questions please email the organisers,


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