Your eyes are naturally drawn to the curves, ' says Sunday Times picture editor Ray Wells of Ray Anderson's striking photograph of the Usk Bridge in Newport. 'There is instant appeal for the symmetry of shapes. In aesthetic terms, it's very pleasing.' Anderson's arresting image, taken in August, beat off close competition to become the summer round winner of NCE and Practical Photography's Engineering Image 2005 competition. The way the very functional structure has been celebrated and accentuated with the aid of a 10.5mm fish eye lens grabbed the judges' attention, they said.
Second prize goes to Phil Young's all encompassing photograph of the Baldock Bypass cut and cover tunnel in Hertfordshire. Royal Photographic Society president Roger Reynolds says: 'For me, this was the best image, not only for story telling, but for photographic input. It has everything I need to inform me about this project - and is compelling to explore.' Perry Tan's vertiginous image of two workers on Portsmouth's Spinnaker tower showing tusklike tubular steel elements slicing up the sky secured third spot.
'I loved the patterns created by the structure and the way the guys gave it an amazing sense of scale, ' enthuses competition judge and editor Andrew James.