Last year Green Expo launched a new photography competition for amateur and professional photographers. Winner of the professional photographer category for ‘Progress to Net Zero: Energy & Innovation, Reducing waste’ was Cheshire based Adrian Waine from Photography for Industry who was handed his award by Chair of the judging panel Ian Cooper at the Green Expo Awards in November.

Adrian, who takes specialised photos all over the UK had his winning entry on display at Chester Cathedral with the other eight winners and was able to choose from several Apple prizes from MCC Group, from Nikon, Chester Zoo and Chester BID.

He said; “The winning photo, one of five I submitted, was taken for client Atlas Copco at The Outstanding Brewery based in Salford. It shows the combined compressed air and on-site nitrogen generation system used during the brewing process newly installed by this craft micro-brewery.  Compressed air and nitrogen are critical elements at every stage of the production process: right from purging kegs and tanks, oxygenating beer to promote fermentation, right through to filling, bottling, labelling and packaging the final product. Atlas Copco installed a refrigerant dryer, rotary screw compressor, a nitrogen generator and buffer tank.  On site nitrogen generation means that regular supplies of gas bottles are no longer required. Fuel costs and carbon emissions associated with truck delivery, wastage from on-site liquid storage and conversion to gas, plus rental fees and hazmat charges mean point of use nitrogen generators save time, money and the Planet.”

He adds; “This photo, part of a considerable number of photos completed for Atlas Copco over many years, is a credit to organisations that understand the value of quality photos and their power to influence.”

The judges said about the entry: “A lot of thought was given by the photographer to light this to make the photo much more interesting whilst maintaining the human element to the industrial setting, their skin tone and telling the story for nitrogen production at the brewery.”

Jane Harrad-Roberts Project Director of Green Expo 2023 said; “Photographing the world around us helps us to connect with that world and, hopefully, to understand it a little better. This shot helps everyone understand more about the brewing process and the care and energy savings involved. Many competitions focus on the negative aspects of climate change but Green Expo is focusing on the positive aspects of renewable energy, innovation, the natural world and positive steps towards Net Zero. We hope Green Expo and the competition help bring everyone, especially families, to a greater understanding that actions are being taken to mitigate climate change and the organisations behind this. Congratulations to Adrian and his stunning work.”

Main photo shows Chair of judges Ian Cooper (left) with Adrian Waine from Photography for Industry (right) at the Green Expo Awards Dinner.

The winning entry

The winning photos on display in the Cathedral and other locations.

 More info on Photography for Industry and Atlas Copco Compressor Technique is here.