November 21, 2017

Durham student shortlisted for prestigious national award

Ellen Coleman, a PTAU student intern has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award in the 8th annual EEF manufacturing photography competition.

The Durham Unversity student, was shortlisted in the amateur photographer category, for her image of resin deposition at the packaged water and waste water solutions company Premier Tech Aqua UK.  Taken at the Peterlee plant, where Ellen completed a summer internship, her photograph will now go on display at an awards ceremony in the House of Commons where the winning photographers will be announced. There are £5,000 of prizes up for grabs for winners.


The competition aims to raise the profile of modern day UK manufacturing by showcasing the industry’s creativity, diversity and heritage through inspiring photography. This year’s shortlisted photographs portray the various stages of manufacturing - from design, process and technology in action through to the finished product - and cover both traditional and high-tech sectors.


Ellen Coleman says: “I’m delighted to be shortlisted and honoured that my work will be on display in the House of Commons. Manufacturing offers lots of opportunities for exciting and dynamic images – the challenge as a photographer is to capture it in a single shot. I really hope my photograph go a small way to changing people’s perceptions of manufacturing.”


Terry Scuoler CBE, CEO of EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, says: “This competition is all about capturing how innovative and exciting modern manufacturing is. Ellen should be very proud that her image successfully captures the ingenuity and dynamism of our industry. I can’t wait to see this incredible image, along with all the other shortlisted images, on display in the House of Commons later in December.”


For more information about the competition, visit


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