Keen photographers are being urged to put UK manufacturing in the frame for the annual EEF/Lombard manufacturing photography competition, where a share of £5,000 of Canon photography equipment is available.

The competition is now in its 6th year and EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, and Lombard, the UK’s largest asset finance provider, are asking photographers to submit images that capture the essence of modern British manufacturing. Photographs can portray any stage of manufacturing, from design, process and technology in action through to the finished product, and can cover traditional or high-tech sectors.

The competition is designed to raise the profile of UK manufacturing by showcasing the industry’s creativity, diversity and heritage through inspiring photography. Companies are being encouraged to open their doors to photographers in their local area to demonstrate what makes manufacturing so great.

There are three categories to enter: professional, amateur and young photographer (14-19 years old). The competition closes 30th September 2015. Entries will be shortlisted by a panel of photography and industry experts with winners announced in December at a special ceremony in the House of Commons.

Terry Scuoler, chief executive of EEF, said: “Manufacturing has a key role to play in underpinning the UK’s drive to compete in the global economy. From investing in the future by providing high-quality apprenticeships to exporting products across the world, manufacturing is the beating heart of British ingenuity and creativity. This competition is designed to capture and showcase its breadth and scope and to open eyes to the innovation going on each and every day in our sector.”

Ian Isaac, head of sales at Lombard, said: “This competition challenges photographers to push aside out-dated perceptions about manufacturing and capture it in all its modern glory. UK manufacturing is innovative and thriving. More importantly it’s on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution making it an exciting and historical time for photographers to get involved. We’re delighted to be sponsoring the competition again this year.”

The competition is backed by  Canon, The ERA Foundation, BIS, APMG, The Guild of Photographers, The Manufacturer magazine and The Times.  The gallery of winning and shortlisted images will be showcased around the UK throughout 2016.

For more information and to enter the competition, visit .