13 October 2020
Community News

Shots of Shotton photo competition - winning photos

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During August and September we ran the ‘Shots of Shotton’ photo competition looking for images which reflect the interaction between industry and nature on our site. We were delighted to receive 120 entries from 21 different people representing 18 different departments across the Shotton site.

We would like to thank everyone who submitted photos, we were very pleasantly surprised by the number and standard of the photos we received. The quality of the photos meant that narrowing down the 120 entries to a shortlist was very difficult, never mind actually choosing the winner.

Peter Quinn, Head of Climate Change / Environmental Policy & Strategy for Tata Steel, had the honour of selecting the winner and three highly commended photos. We will get these photos printed out and displayed around the site. There were several other stunning photos entered that we felt didn’t fully meet the brief, however we are intending to get some of these printed too. So without further ado here is the winning photo and the highly commended photos:



Photo 1 - Phil Lloyd, Colors No 2 CoCo, Wildflowers – ‘This is perfectly composed. It fits the theme really well. A wonderful foreground. Classic Shotton! The main wildflower in the shot is Viper’s Bugloss, which normally only grows in limestone areas. Unless I’m mistaken, I suspect that this plant only exists at Shotton because of the steel slag under the ground. So it’s a perfect example of biodiversity created by our activities.’

Highly commended:

Photo 2 - Dave Compton, Colors Transport, Industry & Nature – ‘The reflections are perfect, and I like the vegetation in the foreground. Wonderful light and it shows off so much of why Shotton is such a wonderful plant, with nature surrounding the buildings.’

Photo 3 - Paul Stringer, Building Systems Technical Services, Tata Steel Jetty – ‘I think the composition is excellent. There are different sets of lines heading for different vanishing points. The clouds are awesome and the vegetation emerging from the wooden planks shows that nature will always find a way to co-exist with us!’

Photo 4 - Alan Rainsforth (via Steel News in the archives), Colors Engineering, - ‘Obviously one from the archives but I love this image. The expressions on the three guys and the happiness on their faces as they interact with nature are wonderful. It’s also a very sharp image. The blast furnace in the background is the icing on the cake.’

Wild flowers
Industry and nature
Building Systems Technical Services, Tata Steel Jetty
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