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Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering – supported by Shell - launches £5,000 trophy design competition

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering – supported by Shell - has launched a competition in association with the Tate, the Design Museum and the Science Museum, for young people in the UK to design the iconic trophy that will be presented to the winner of the prestigious £1 million international prize.

16 to 24 year olds are being invited to submit a design that represents the wonder of modern engineering. Anyone in that age group can enter, with particular interest expected from those studying or working in art, design, fashion and technology, as well as those studying or working in engineering. The winning entry will reflect the creativity, power and importance of engineering so that the trophy is a symbol of the integral role the engineering profession plays in society.

Finalists will see their designs prototyped using state-of-the-art 3D printing. Every finalist will be invited to London to present their prototyped design in person to the panel of judges, which includes architect Dame Zaha Hadid; Director of the Tate, Sir Nicholas Serota; Science Museum director, Ian Blatchford; Design Museum director, Deyan Sudjic; and Engineer, Yewande Akinola. The winning design will be used to create the trophy for the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering and the winning designer will also receive £5,000.

The QEPrize is a new £1million global engineering prize, launched in 2012, that will reward and celebrate an individual (or up to three people) responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity. The first winner will be announced in March 2013 and will receive the prize from the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Zaha Hadid, the architect of the celebrated Aquatics Centre for the London 2012 Olympics Games said: “Design & Architecture should be the complete marriage of form and function. One should never be sacrificed for the other. It’s exciting to see how these young talented designers choose to embody the beauty and strength of engineering.”

The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is supported by its donors - BAE Systems, BG Group, BP, GlaxoSmithKline, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, Shell, Siemens, Sony, Tata Consultancy Services, Tata Steel and Toshiba.

Information for entrants

Entrants must be at least 16 years old and no older than 24 years old on 12 November 2012, and resident in the UK (proof of age will be required at the shortlisting stage). Entries are via the website and must be the work of an individual, not a team alongside their design, entrants must submit a short (250 word) written statement on the inspiration behind their design and how it represents the spirit of modern engineering.

The competition closes on 12 November 2012.

For more details about the competition, including the rules and conditions and to submit entries go to: www.qeprize.org/trophy