Callum Alton, Digital Marketing Executive at Balls2 Marketing is a finalist for a top award in the EEF manufacturing photography competition in the Young Photographer category. “We are exceptionally impressed,” says Sarah Ball, Client Strategy Director at PR and marketing specialist for glazing and construction. “Callum is a gifted photographer. We asked him to take some photos for Frame Fast, a window and door fabricator in Derby, and he came back with some stunning photos to use on their website and in social media.”
The shortlisted entry is his image of a Winmac 8 head welding, tandem line that welds corner joints on windows. This is the type of every day manufacturing that often goes unrecognised in the UK. There are thousands of factories across the country manufacturing hundreds of thousands of windows and doors every week.
Callum’s photo is now on display at an awards ceremony in the House of Commons where the winning photographers will be announced on 12 December 2017. There are £5,000 of prizes up for grabs for winners.
Working within digital marketing Callum’s role means that his photography skills are needed on a regular basis, but he honed his skills outside of work. Callum says: “I take a lot of photos in my spare time. They’re normally of my other big interest, cars. What I like about the photo I entered into the competition was that although it was taken at a client’s factory, it has the same moodiness in the lighting that I aim to achieve in my automotive images. When I found out that I was one of the finalists I was really happy for the photo to be recognised. Having the chance to go to the House of Commons is special – it’s definitely not something I ever thought I would do.”
CEO of competition organisers EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, Terry Scuoler CBE adds: “This competition is all about capturing how innovative and exciting modern manufacturing is. Callum should be very proud that his image successfully captures the ingenuity and dynamism of our industry. I can’t wait to see this incredible image, along with all the other shortlisted images, on display in the House of Commons later in December.”