AGS Loss Prevention Guidance Photography Competition – The Results

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In January 2022, the AGS launched their third photography competition, this time to source a suitable cover for the 2022 edition of the AGS Loss Prevention Guidance.

49 entries were submitted, each covering a range of topics across the geotechnical and geoenvironmental sector including site work, landscape imagery and machinery shots.

AGS Loss Prevention Working Group Leader, Hugh Mallett, along with five members of the Loss Prevention WG, Jo Strange, Peter Plumpton, Sam Bevins, Syd Pycroft and Chris Hoskins took on the challenging task to judge the images by scoring across five criteria;

  • Originality
  • Composition
  • Colour, Lighting, Exposure and Focus
  • Overall Impression, Impact and Visual Appeal
  • Suitability for Loss Prevention Guidance

Four images were shortlisted, and we’re pleased to announce that Kaya Dearnley of SOCOTEC was the overall winner of the competition and won a luxury Fortnum and Mason Hamper.

Our three runners up, who each won a bottle of Champagne are Hope Murray-Golas (Concept Engineering Consultants), Simon Ruddlesden (Ruddlesden Geotechnical) and Kevin Privett.


Kaya Dearnley, SOCOTEC

Image description: A Comacchio 205 positioned on a beach groyne in Bournemouth. It was taken as the sun was beginning to set over the sea after a long day of drilling.



Hope Murray-Golas, Concept Engineering Consultants

Image description: Offshore wireline rotary drilling for a new airport scheme.



Simon Ruddlesden, Ruddlesden Geotechnical



Kevin Privett

Image description: On the former A625 road crossing Mam Tor landslip in Derbyshire.


The AGS would like to thank all those who took the time to enter the competition. The overall standard of entries was extremely high, and the judging panel found the task challenging in shortlisting the top four entries.