A FACTORY employee with photography skills as sharp as steel has won a national competition.
Mark Tomlinson, Sheffield Forgemasters operations director, has been crowned the winner of a photography competition aimed at celebrating UK manufacturing, with his image of a plate mill roll being forged at about 1200C.
The 41-year-old, who has worked at Forgemasters for more than six years, took up photography following the birth of his daughter 12 years ago.
He said he wanted to capture her first moments with more professional pictures than ‘family snaps’ and set about mastering the art.
Mark, who has to take technical pictures as part of his job at the steel plant, said he captured his winning image when he was taking photos of the largest forging ever produced at the site on Brightside Lane, Brightside - a 170-tonne plate mill roll to be used to roll steel into huge sheets.
He said: “I am pleased to have won - I was taking technical pictures at the time and the view just lines up - so it was a happy accident really. I have my camera at work with me most days and working in this environment there is always something to capture.”
Mark was announced as the winner of the best picture by amateur photographer category winner of the competition at a gala dinner in London, after it was judged to have captured the beauty of local steel making.
It was a second successive triumph for Mark, who won the same title last year with his image of the largest ingot mould in the UK.
The competition is run by EEF - a manufacturers’ organisation with membership of almost 6,000 companies employing some 900,000 people from every sector of engineering, manufacturing, engineering construction and technology-based industries.
Commenting on his latest image, the judges said: “This is a very powerful and well exposed image, demonstrating excellent control of the heat and light elements. The subject is a UK hero of manufacturing, a global leader in its field, combining high tech and a strong heritage.”
Mark, along with two other winners and two runners-up, has won a share of £5,000 worth of photography equipment donated by Canon.