Melissa won the category for 14-19 year olds in the competition run by EEF, the manufacturers’
She heard about the competition when she attended an EEF apprentice awards ceremony – and, with support from her employers, decided to put her interest in photography to good use, taking a number of test shots before deciding on her winning entry.
The judging panel, which included nationally-renowned photographers, felt that Melissa had captured the people element of UK manufacturing’
Said Melissa: “I am delighted to have won the EEF photographic award. I was really pleased with the end shot and enjoyed the whole process – MBDA supported me all the way which I am very grateful for. I’m looking forward to the rest of my apprenticeship with MBDA whilst pursuing photography as a leisure activity.”
Educated at the Priory School in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, Melissa considered university before opting for a four year apprenticeship with MBDA in Stevenage , where she had previously completed work experience which ignited her passion for a career in engineering. She is currently working within the trials department at MBDA.
Melissa, whose winning entry won her a new camera and other equipment from sponsors Canon, aims to pursue photography as a hobby and is hoping to repeat her award-winning success in the future.
The EEF competition, in partnership with Canon, and supported by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Guild of Photographers, aims to capture the spirit of modern UK manufacturing. The competition was open to professionals and amateurs from within manufacturing companies, as well as young people aged 14-19.
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