Create the Trophy Winner - 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 Samuel Bentley, 15, from Wales, who took his inspiration from the highest Welsh peak, Snowdon.

Samuel is currently studying for his GCSE’s at Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St Asaph, one of which is engineering. He also has a keen eye for drawing and design, and has previously illustrated a games manual for the local playing fields association, as well as designing the logo for his silver band.

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 and 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.”

Create the Trophy finalists

For the first time since it began in 2013, Create the Trophy was this year open worldwide to entrants aged 14 to 24. The 2017 competition also marked the launch of a brand new 3D design app, giving the judges an unprecedented level of designs to choose from.

Following an overwhelming response from young people around the world, the top ten designs submitted online were selected.

The winning design was selected by a prestigious judging panel chaired by Science Museum director, Ian Blatchford. Joining him on the panel were: Professor Mark Miodownik, a materials scientist at University College London; Roma Agrawal, a structural engineer at Interserve; and Rebeca Ramos, a designer at Heatherwick Studio.

The finalists of the 2017 competition were:

Entries for the 2017 competition are now closed, but you can still download the app from Google Play or iTunes and have a go at designing your own trophy.