Designed by Samuel Bentley

This year’s iconic QEPrize trophy was selected from thousands of entries to the Create the Trophy competition. Open for the first time in 2017 to an international audience, we received an unprecedented number of entries from 32 countries worldwide.

The winning entry was designed by 15-year-old Samuel Bentley, from Wales, who took his inspiration from the highest Welsh peak, Snowdon.

Samuel is currently studying for his GCSEs at Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St Asaph, one of which is engineering. He hopes to continue to study engineering into the sixth form, and also has a keen eye for drawing and design. Samuel has previously illustrated a games manual for the local playing fields association, as well as designing the logo for his silver band. After leaving school, Sam hopes to study architecture, bringing together his love of engineering with his clear talent for design.

When asked about 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; 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.”

Samuel’s entry was chosen from among thousands by an expert panel of judges, led by Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group. Helping him make the final decision were Roma Agrawal, a structural engineer at Interserve; Professor Mark Miodownik, materials scientist at University College London; and Rebeca Ramos, a designer at Heatherwick Studio. Samuel’s design will be 3D printed into the final trophy by BAE Systems, and will be awarded to the winners of the QEPrize at Buckingham Palace later in 2017.

Speaking at the announcement on 1 February, Ian said: “What the judges were most drawn to in Samuel’s design was the wonderful combination of the expected and the 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.”

Samuel, who was “over the moon” to have won this competition, was in attendance at the announcement to receive his prize and was even congratulated on his trophy by HRH The Princess Royal.

As well as seeing his design presented to the 2017 QEPrize winners later this year, Samuel has also won a top-level computer, allowing him to keep designing.