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Hebburn students’ photographic work promotes civil engineering

The winners, from left, Lauren Spence, Emily Barnes, J Michael Taylor of ICE North East, Kyle Ablett, Isabel Mathias.
The winners, from left, Lauren Spence, Emily Barnes, J Michael Taylor of ICE North East, Kyle Ablett, Isabel Mathias.

Two students from Hebburn will see their photographic images used to promote civil engineering.

The competition has been won by 19-year-old Kyle Ablett, with Isabel Mathias, 18, taking third place.

The images are of Newcastle and Gateshead’s Quaysides and were entered into the photographic competition run by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East in conjunction with Newcastle College students.

The photographs will be part of a major promotion of the civil engineering profession aimed at raising awareness among the public.

First place Kyle’s entry is of the iconic archways of Robert Stephenson’s High Level Bridge across the river Tyne.

Isabel’s entry which was placed third was an abstract look at the Sage Gateshead.

Michael Taylor, heritage panel chairman at ICE North East, said: “These fantastic photographs will be used in leaflets and online to help inform the public of the work of civil engineers and how it benefits everyday life.

“The images depict the historic significance and engineering heritage of the Tyne and will hopefully encourage people to visit the area and appreciate the icons around them.

“As well as winning prizes of up to £150, the winning students will see their photographs used in print and online to inspire pride in the region.”

Catherine Shield, course leader for photography in Newcastle College’s School of Creative Industries, said: “The competition has been a great experience for all the students involved.

“Having the opportunity to work to a live brief and use their own creative ideas to produce a professional product gives them a unique insight into the industry and will be massively beneficial for their future careers.”

In joint second place were 18-year-old Lauren Spence, of West Denton, with a shot of the Millennium Bridge opened to allow the boats to pass, and an unusual angle shot down the Quayside taking in a number of bridges by 21-year-old Emily Barnes from Walker.

Ms Shield added: “I would like to thank ICE for the opportunity and of course congratulate Kyle, Lauren, Emily and Isabel for this outstanding achievement.”