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Photography competition shines a light on infrastructure

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a nationwide infrastructure photography competition to raise public awareness of the importance of infrastructure to everyday lives and economic growth.

Last year the competition – which was held for the first time in 2014 – attracted 300 entries, culminating in a VIP exhibition of the most striking and an auction of the top 10 that raised more than £1,000 for LandAid.

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. The image was taken during a birthday visit with her husband.

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 10 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 equipment.

Judges chair Ann Bentley, global chair at Rider Levett Bucknall, said: “We’re excited to be launching this hugely beneficial competition once again. It provides the perfect platform to bring awareness to the most essential infrastructure projects across the UK, which without, would have a negative impact on our fast-paced lives and ability to enjoy future growth.

“We hope the images captured in this competition reflect the achievements of the property and construction sector and inspire others to pursue a career in this exciting and fulfilling area of work.”

The deadline to enter is Friday, 19 February 2016. The top ten entries, including the overall winner, will be celebrated in a VIP exhibition once again, with the images auctioned in aid of LandAid.

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