Kris Desmedt wins Access Photograph of the year competition
This year's IPAF summit was held last week at the Beaumont Estate Hotel, Old Windsor. Central to the event was this year's International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) awards, which recognises companies and individuals who have made a striking contribution to the industry.
And we played a pretty big part in the awards too. Facelift sponsored the Access Photograph of the Year category, which offers €1,000 in prize money and celebrates spectacular shots taken from the birds-eye vantage point afforded by access equipment. This year's prize went to technical engineer Tadeusz Koniecko, from Poland, and took this fantastic picture taken during the firework show in front of the Palace of Culture and Science in aid of The Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity. The access equipment features was used to mount the cameras of Poland's national TV station, enabling the event to be filmed from 22 metres above ground level.
What makes the picture even more special is that traditional working and height methods such as the use of ladders and scaffolding are still very common in Poland, so it's great to see such a powered access equipment being used at such a high-profile event.