The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a nationwide photography competition for members of the public to capture images of major infrastructure projects. Entrants are invited to photograph any human-made physical structure which benefits society, including roads, bridges, water supply systems, telecommunications and energy generating facilities, such as power stations or renewable sources of energy generation.
The competition has been launched to help champion the importance of major infrastructure projects to British society, both now and in the future. The competition is open for entries until the end of the year, and the winner and shortlisted entries will be celebrated in an exhibition which will open in February 2015.
Roma Agrawal will be Chair of the judging panel for the competition. She is an Associate Structural Engineer at WSP in London, and also spent six years working on The Shard, designing the foundations and the ‘Spire’.
Roma comments: “Through this competition we hope to bring the importance of the country’s major infrastructure projects to life. After all, it’s key that the British public understand these and that they are aware of the benefits these will bring to the country in the long term, be that to the job market or in terms of the general facilities available to the public.
“With a number of bold and innovative infrastructure projects being proposed and world renowned sites across the country, we hope to encourage more imaginative thinking about society’s relationship to infrastructure and the vital role it plays in our lives.”
The competition is one of a number of initiatives that RICS has in place to support its members involved in the delivery of infrastructure projects. The organisation’s ongoing work in infrastructure is driving the development of professional standards. Furthermore, the online resources available for members are providing chartered surveyors with tools to add significant value to projects around the UK and helping to boost investor confidence.
Entrants will be in with a chance of winning a £3,000 prize for camera equipment, and can enter their photographs by logging onto www.rics.org/uk/footer/rics-infrastructure-photographer-of-the-year/ . The deadline for entries midnight, Friday 19 December. Winners and shortlisted entries will be announced in January 2015. The entries will be judged by Louise Brooke-Smith, President RICS and Helene Binet, a renowned architectural photographer. The competition will be chaired by Roma Agrawal of the WSP. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.