Photography enthusiasts in the South West are being encouraged to help raise awareness of the importance of infrastructure to our everyday lives and regional growth by entering the 2016 RICS Infrastructure Photography competition, which launched today (17 November).
RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) launched the national competition for the first time in 2014, attracting 300 entries and culminating in a VIP exhibition of the most striking images. An auction of the top 10 followed and raised more than £1,000 for property industry charity, LandAid.
This year’s winning image, Double Travel, was taken by Rita Testa in London and consists of an iconic image of the rail tracks at London Bridge that can be seen from inside The Shard – taken during a birthday visit for her husband.
Anyone aged 18 and over can enter the competition by submitting original photographs of any man-made physical infrastructure structure. This includes roads, bridges, railways, water supply systems and energy generating facilities such as power stations and wind farms.
The top 10 images will be selected by a panel of infrastructure and photography experts, with the overall winner receiving £2,000 worth of specialist photography equipment, and the runner up receiving £1,000 of such high-tech kit.
Chair of the judges, Ann Bentley, global chair at Rider Levett Bucknall said: “This competition provides the perfect platform to bring awareness to the most essential infrastructure projects London which without, would have a negative impact on our fast-past lives and ability to enjoy future growth.”
RICS president elect, Amanda Clack, Partner at EY and Head of Infrastructure (Advisory) is also a judge on the panel. She added: “A lot of our ageing infrastructure needs replacing, with better roads and railways, nuclear power plants and wind farms required to meet the needs of our homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals.
“With this in mind, I hope this competition not only raises the importance of such essential construction schemes, but highlights the need for improvements to be made to our infrastructure across the UK.”
The deadline to enter is Friday 19 February 2016 and the top ten entries, including the overall winner will be celebrated in a VIP exhibition once again, with the images auctioned in aid of LandAid.
For more information (including terms and conditions) or to enter the competition visit: www.rics.org/infrastructurephoto
(from a press release)