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Pumping station snap in line for share of top prize

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

David Baker’s photo of the Claymills pumping station engine

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AN amateur photographer has been invited to the Houses of Parliament after his image capturing a piece of Burton history was shortlisted in the final of a national competition.

David Baker, of Pine Close, Branston, photographed a volunteer at work at Claymills Pumping Station, in Stretton, during a visit to a ‘steaming day’ in April.

His picture impressed judges of the EEF Manufacturing Photography Awards, who were on the lookout for images celebrating British manufacturing heritage.

Mr Baker, who practices photography as a hobby, said he originally thought nothing of the image, saying he made a splitsecond decision to take it.

But after seeing the competition advertised in the Mail during the summer, he decided to enter the picture, admitting his surprise at the reaction it received.

Mr Baker said: “I was at the steaming event at Claymills and I was just walking around, and in a split second decided to take the photo.

“Then, when we saw the competition advertised, my wife convinced me to enter it.

“I only took up photography 18 months ago as a hobby.”

The theme of the competition is ‘Made in Britain’ and Mr Baker believes the historical element to his photograph, at the station which marked its 125th anniversary in 2010, is what impressed the judges.

He said: “The pumping station is such a great historic site in Burton and I don’t think we appreciate it as much as we should.” “I actually met the guy in the photo when I went back to the station — he’s a volunteer at Claymills.

“That was a quite a strange moment, but he had seen the photo and was pleased with it.”

The image is among 20 photographs from around the country to be exhibited in the House of Commons in December, with the winner receiving a share of £5,000.

Mr Baker said he had no idea whether he would scoop the prize.

He added: “It will be strange seeing my photographs up there in the Houses of Parliament.”

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