NCE READER Andy Hendry realised the valuable contribution Southend on Sea's Pier Hill development made to the local community in April this year when he photographed it for the Spring Round of the NCE Engineering Image 2005 competition.
Hendry described the Pier Hill development as a perfect example of how civil engineering can regenerate an area and provide easier access to the seafront while being 'inspiring' and 'lifting the spirit'.
Supported by the ICE, the competition aims to celebrate the built environment. ICE director general Tom Foulkes is judging the competition with Royal Photographic Society (RPS) president Roger Reynolds.
The relationship between the two institutions goes back to the 19th century when former ICE president Charles Blacker Vignoles was a founder member of the Royal Photographic Society.
Vignoles saw the potential of photography not only as a means of reproducing portraits, but as a way of monitoring construction progress.
The Summer Round of the competition is now under way and engineers and nonengineers are invited to send in photographs taken in the last two months of infrastructure or buildings under construction, being used or maintained.
Winner of the competition will not only enjoy the thrill of seeing their image published in NCE and sister publication, Practical Photography, but will also walk away with up to £250 in prize money and a Nikon D70 digital camera with kit worth £1,000.
To enter Engineering Image 2005 visit www. nceplus. co. uk/ editors_choice/photo_comp. Photographs should be less than two months old to be eligible and come with a 50 word description of how the image shows the relationship between engineering and society. Entries must be received by 1 September.