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Engineering Image 2005 - In the right place at the right time-Then make sure your technique doesn't let you down when you take a photograph for NCE's Engineering Image 2005 competition.

Construction sites are dynamic, often exciting, sometimes fascinating places. But capturing everything that makes them so interesting can be a challenge.

Sunday Times picture editor and NCE Engineering Image competition judge Ray Wells says that finding good photographs of construction and engineering projects is becoming extremely diffi cult.

Professional hotographers are seldom in the right place at the right time and rarely have close access to working areas on construction sites. Engineers, on the other hand, have the advantage of site access and are usually armed with a digital camera.

Lack of professional photographic skills did not prevent the spring round of NCE's Engineering Image of the Year competition from being a great success.

Attracting over 150 entries (NCE 30 June), judges were impressed with the high quality of many of the photographs submitted, but noted that some of the excellent subjects shot just missed the mark due to poor technique.

Wells urges NCE readers to brush up on exposure times, focal length, framing and contrast. With their unparallelled access to, and knowledge of, construction projects and the types of infrastructure being used or maintained, he is confident more truly outstanding images will emerge over this and coming rounds of the competition.

The winner of the competition, now in its second round, will not only enjoy the thrill of seeing their image published in NCE and Practical Photography magazines, but will walk away with up to £250 in prize money and a Nikon D70 digital camera with kit worth £1,000.

You have until 1 September to submit your photographs of infrastructure or buildings under construction, being used or maintained.

Winners from each round will receive £50, £100 and £250. The overall winner's photo will be published in NCE and Practical Photography and he or she will receive a Nikon D70 digital SLR camera worth £1000.

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