And finally…photography competition puts Scottish infrastructure in the picture
Photography enthusiasts across Scotland are being encouraged to help raise awareness of the importance of infrastructure to our everyday lives and regional growth by entering the 2016 RICS Infrastructure Photography competition, which launched this week.
RICS launched the inaugural national competition in 2014, attracting more than 300 entries and culminating in a VIP exhibition of the most striking images.
An auction of the top ten photographs raised more than £1,000 for property industry charity, LandAid.
Three Scottish images were recognised in the top ten, including an image of Grangemouth Oil Terminal which received the runner up prize, and striking images of the Forth Rail Bridge, and construction of the Queensferry Crossing.
The winning image, Double Travel, was taken by Rita Testa in London and consists of an iconic image of the rail tracks at London Bridge that can be seen from inside The Shard.
Anyone aged 18 and over can enter the competition by submitting original photographs of any man-made physical infrastructure structure. This includes roads, bridges, railways, water supply systems and energy generating facilities such as power stations and wind farms.
The top ten images will be selected by a panel of infrastructure and photography experts, with the overall winner receiving £2,000 worth of specialist photography equipment, and the runner up receiving £1,000 of high-tech kit.
Chair of the judges, Ann Bentley, Global Chair at Rider Levett Bucknall said: “This competition provides the perfect platform to bring awareness to the most essential infrastructure projects throughout Scotland without which are vital to the local and wider economy.”
RICS President Elect, Amanda Clack, Partner at EY and Head of Infrastructure (Advisory) and panel judge, said: “A lot of our ageing infrastructure needs replacing, with better roads and railways, nuclear power plants and wind farms required to meet the needs of our homes, businesses, schools, and hospitals.
“With this in mind, I hope this competition not only raises the importance of such essential construction schemes, but highlights the need for improvements to be made to our infrastructure across the UK.”
The deadline to enter is Friday 19 February 2016 and the top ten entries, including the overall winner will be celebrated in a VIP exhibition, with the images auctioned in aid of LandAid.
For more information (including terms and conditions) or to enter the competition visit: www.rics.org/infrastructurephoto