Young photographer from Oakham wins prize

Bryony Richards, winner of the young photographer category with Professor Sir Richard Brook
Bryony Richards, winner of the young photographer category with Professor Sir Richard Brook

A talented young photographer from Oakham has beaten off fierce competition from across the UK to win the annual EEF/Lombard ‘Make it Britain’ photography competition.

Bryony Richards, 20, from Oakham, snapped up the Best Young Photographer award, sponsored by The ERA Foundation, after wowing judges with her image ‘Multi-coloured Wool 

It shows machines at Trefriw Mill in North Wales threading coloured thread on a loom-like board in the final stages of creating a solid piece of material.

Her photograph was one of 72 images shortlisted in the competition this year. Bryony found out that she had won at a special ceremony in the House of Commons on Thursday last week.

She was presented with a certificate and snapped up a share of £5,000 worth of Canon photography equipment.

The EEF/Lombard photography competition has been running for five years and aims to raise the profile of British manufacturing by showcasing the industry’s creativity, diversity and heritage through inspiring photography.

Bryony said: “I’m over the moon to have won this award, but the most rewarding part was getting to see my work displayed in the House of Commons.

“As a photographer, to have your work shown publicly in such a prestigious place is simply priceless.

“I really enjoyed this competition. While manufacturing provides plenty of opportunities for exciting images, the challenge is in capturing a photograph that turns people’s heads and makes them think again about the role and diversity of modern-day industry in Britain today.”

Dr David Clark, Executive Secretary of The ERA Foundation, said: “This competition is all about showing how modern and dynamic manufacturing is in the UK today.

“Bryony successfully captured that spirit with her winning image, which wowed our judges and the public alike and is why her award is so justly deserved.”

The ‘Make it Britain’ photography competition will run again in 2015 - details will be announced next 

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