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Joe's shots at world famous gunsmiths earn acclaim

Joe's shots at world famous gunsmiths earn acclaim

Wednesday 12th February 2014

Eighteen year old Josef Cotterill from Huddersfield, currently Marketing Apprentice at Thorite, was shortlisted as a finalist from over 800 amateur and professional photographers in the recent EEF (Engineering Employers Federation) Photographic Awards.

The title of the EEF's national photographic awards was "Made in Britain", designed to capture British products, components or processes in either abstract form or their full glory. Joe has been a keen amateur photographer for over three years, and is now embarking on training in both location and studio shoots of Thorite equipment installations and products. He entered in the EEF's "Young Persons Category", choosing that most British of companies to feature – Purdey Gun and Rifle Makers of London.

Purdey's Mayfair emporium is considered by many to be the most prestigious shop in the country and staff there arranged for Joe to have virtually free reign of the company's Hammersmith factory. The inspiring and evocative images of precision manufacturing skills which he created during his visit to Purdey earned him a place in the EEF Photographic Awards finals, held at the House of Commons, at which his "shots" were highly commended.

Speaking on his return Joe said "I’m grateful to Mr. Stephen Wright, Thorite's Managing Director, for bringing the photographic awards to my attention and I can't thank everyone at Purdey enough for enabling me to tour their manufacturing facility – it certainly gave me a fascinating insight into the world of ultra-quality hand-made British production."

Joe’s images can be viewed at http://www.eef.org.uk/photo/ by clicking on the "Shortlist" at the right of the page and scrolling through the pictures.

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