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Maritime manufacturers in Southampton and on the Isle of Wight are opening their doors to aspiring and professional photographers as part of a national £5,000 competition organised by trade body EEF.

Datum Electronics in East Cowes and Southampton-based Griffon Hoverwork are among a number of companies across the country welcoming local photographers as part of the EEF competition to capture the dynamism, talent and technology driving British industry.

Datum Electronics manufactures torque sensors and shaft power meters for marine, shipping and industrial automation applications. Griffon Hoverwork, sister company of Hovertravel, is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of hovercraft for use in commercial, defence, humanitarian and industrial settings.

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Jim Davison, Membership Director of EEF in the South, says:

“This competition shines a light on forward-looking and innovative companies.

“We are delighted that businesses are opening their doors to local photographers, who can tell the story of UK manufacturing success by capturing images of technology, people and innovation in industry”.

The competition is free to enter and open to young, amateur and professional photographers alike. There are 4 categories to choose from: Next Generation, Future Technology, Manufacturing Process and Manufacturing Product.

Photographers wishing to visit EEF host companies must first contact Caroline O’Neill at EEF ([email protected]). Photographers may make separate arrangements with other manufacturers if they prefer and employees should liaise with their employers for permission.

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Entries will be shortlisted by a panel of photography and industry experts, with winners announced at an awards event in London in November. Winning photographers will share a £5,000 prize fund.

The competition closes on Sunday 30th September. For more information visit www.eef.org.uk/photo.

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