Queen Elizabeth Prize announces winner of first global trophy competition
Dr James Davies said ‘I would like to congratulate Sam on such an excellent achievement. It is impressive in itself to be named a finalist among thousands of international entries, let alone to be selected as the overall winner. Sam clearly has a natural flair for engineering which has allowed him to take inspiration from our surroundings to produce an award winning design. I wish him all the best for the future.’
On the 1st February, London, in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal at the Royal Academy of Engineering The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering was announced. The winner of the first international competition to design the QE Prize trophy, featuring entries from all around the world was named as 15 year-old Samuel Bentley from the UK, whose Snowdon inspired design reflects the achievement of receiving the prize. Sam is currently a pupil at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St Asaph.
Previously open to UK residents only, this year’s contest invited aspiring designers from around the world to create the most prestigious trophy in engineering.
Following an overwhelming response from thousands of entrants in 32 different countries, submissions were whittled down to just ten finalists. The top design was then selected by an expert panel of designers and engineers.
Samuel said his design was inspired by the highest Welsh peak, Mount Snowden. It will be 3D – printed into an iconic trophy by BAE systems and awarded to the 2017 winner of the £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering later this year.
Regarded as the world’s foremost engineering prize, the biennial QEPrize celebrates the engineer (or group of engineers) responsible for a groundbreaking innovation that has had a significant positive impact on humanity. The 2017 prize is to be awarded to George Smith (USA), Michael Tompsett (UK), Nobukazu Teranishi (Japan) and Eric Fossum (USA) for their contributions to the creation of digital imaging sensors.
Commenting on the inspiration behind his design, Samuel said: “I enjoy the design aspect of engineering and seeing the finished product after all of the hard work has been put in. My trophy was inspired by the great Welsh mountain, Snowdon; I think it looks like a rock face and it is an achievement to start at the bottom of Snowdon and climb to the top, just as it is an achievement to win the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.”
Later in the year, Sam will be invited to Buckingham Palace where he’ll meet HM Queen Elizabeth.
Ian Blactchford, Director of the Science Museum group and Chairman of judging panel, said of the winning trophy: “What the judges were most drawn to in Samuel’s design was the wonderful combination of the expected and unexpected; it reflects a conventional trophy, but with a twist. When you first look at this design, you think it is an entirely solid object, but as you begin to move around it, it is a combination of both a stable and unstable form. It has light and shade elements, and gives both surprise and reassurance. It also has a lot of visual appeal.”
The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is the world’s leading engineering prize, celebrating the engineers responsible for a ground-breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity.