An amateur photographer from Carlisle has won a national competition with his picture of a Naylor drainage pipe.

EEF, formerly the Engineering Employers' Federation, works with manufacturing, engineering and technology-based businesses in the UK to keep them safe and compliant.

It recently ran a manufacturing competition that was won by Steve McLellan at a ceremony on 20 November in Westminster.

McLellan is the Managing Director of pipe distributor JDP, a major customer of Naylor Drainage. As well as the title, he walked away with a share of £5000 in prizes.

The competition, now in its ninth year, seeks creative images that capture the essence of modern 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.

McLellan said: “I loved taking part in this competition as manufacturing is a fantastic subject matter, offering such diverse opportunities for dramatic or challenging shots.

“It’s a very visual industry, but also very demanding of the photographer – it requires a good eye, skill and patience to truly do it justice.

“I’m proud to have been named winner and it has been an honour seeing my work on display alongside so many other fantastic images of modern-day UK manufacturing.”

Stephen Phipson, CEO at EEF, says: “From investing in the future by providing high-quality apprenticeships to exporting world class products across the globe, manufacturing is the perfect illustration of British ingenuity and creativity.

“Steve and all the other talented photographers shortlisted this year are to be congratulated on their incredible images that brilliantly reflect the innovation and dynamism of our sector.”