Triton Woodworker of the Year Competition

Friday 31 May 2013

Triton Precision Power Tools in conjunction with GMC Publications are again looking to unearth a wealth of woodworking talent up and down the country. We know you appreciate quality because you buy this magazine and we also suspect that you make some spectacular pieces but are too shy to show them off. But that was then. Now, with a prize pot of over £5,000, we are hoping to tempt you to show us what you are making. So enter and you will be in with a chance of winning a handsome amount of Triton tools and cash too. There are effectively two competitions: Triton Woodworker of the year and Triton Young Woodworker of the Year.

The Triton Woodworker of the Year category is open to absolutely everyone, no matter what discipline you work in, so long as the piece or structure you submit is made predominantly of timber. Triton Young Woodworker of the Year is open to any woodworker aged 21 years of age or younger. All you need to do to enter is submit sufficient photographic evidence of your work – see photographic requirements and guidelines opposite – by 31 October, 2013 and then just sit back and bite your nails. A shortlist for each competition will be drawn up from all the entries, and our team of expert judges may well call you/make a visit to see the piece or request extra information from you as required. Finally, first, second and third place winners will be decided and announced by the middle of February 2014, and the prizes awarded at a special ceremony - the date of which is yet to be set. So what are you waiting for? It's time to get woodworking!


The entries will be judged by Furniture & Cabinetmaking editor Derek Jones, sister title Woodworking Plans & Projects editor Anthony Bailey, plus two Triton-nominated judges, who will decide the winners from a shortlist of six in each category.


Triton Woodworker of the Year:

1st prize £1,000 tools (RRP ex VAT) + £1,000 cash

2nd prize £500 tools (RRP ex VAT) + £500 cash

3rd prize £250 tools (RRP ex VAT) + £250 cash

Triton Young Woodworker of the Year:

1st prize £500 tools (RRP ex VAT) + £500 cash

2nd prize £300 tools (RRP ex VAT) + £300 cash

3rd prize – £200 tools (RRP ex VAT) + £200 cash

Photographic, entry requirements & guidelines

Good photography is essential in order for your work to be accepted for entry into the competition

1. Minimum photography requirement: Front view; back view; left side view; right side view; top view (if possible); detail views. Please also send as many other views from different angles as you like.

2. Photos should be taken in good natural light but not in direct sunshine - strong shadows will obscure detail - or in professional studio conditions. Beware of excessive glare from shiny surfaces. Use a tripod if available.

3. If at all possible, use a zoom to help avoid distortion: position yourself as far away as possible while still nearly filling the frame with your work. Check the minimum focusing distance of your camera before shooting macro.

4. All of the stipulated views above should be taken on a white, grey or black background. Be aware that light-coloured objects photograph best on a dark background and that a white background is likely to under-expose a workpiece -particularly if it is made of dark timber. Also, dark objects should not be placed on a black background.

5. Do not use your camera's flash unless an angled diffuser is utilised on an external flash. Switch off the flash on a digital camera; if a built-in flash goes off while you are taking a photo with a film camera in natural light, there is unlikely to be enough light for suitable results.

6. Photographs should be taken using digital cameras of six mega-pixels or more, if possible, with the camera set on maximum image size. If a film camera is used the image must be scanned to a digital format.

7. Having sorted out the pictures - all of which must be placed on a CD for us - also include/enclose in the package to be sent to us a description of the work including timber used, a sketch/drawing of the piece including dimensions, your inspiration and how long the piece took to make as well as photographs of the finished item. It is also worth including any relevant pictures, information or drawings of processes you think important for us to know about and also mention any woodworking or related training and qualifications you may have.

Please note: CDs will not be returned unless a stamped addressed envelope is provided.

How to enter

To enter, all you have to do is send us the package of items as mentioned in the Photographic, entry requirements & guidelines, along with the name of the category you are entering, your name, address, daytime phone number and email address. Closing date is 31 October, 2013 but we would of course like to see entries as soon as possible in order to feature them in the magazines in the run up to the final. Label the relevant package and send it to the following address:

FAO Karen Scott

Triton Woodworker of the Year or Triton Young Woodworker of the Year competitions

86 High Street


East Sussex


Competition rules

The competition is open to UK residents only. Only completed entries, received by the closing date, 31 October, 2013, will be eligible. No entries received after that date will be considered. No cash alternatives will be offered for any prize. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into. Employees of GMC Publications, Triton, their associated companies and their families are not eligible to enter. Entries will be forwarded to Triton Tools, which alone is responsible for providing the prizes. By entering the competition winners agree that their names may be used in future marketing by either GMC Publications and/or Triton Tools.

Images, from top to bottom:

1. The winners of the last Triton Woodworker of the Year Competition with their awards

2. In the Amateur category, Andrew Beaumont made this Ruhlmann-style display cabinet

3. In the Students & First Year Graduates category, Chris Funnell made this Krenov-inspired cabinet on a stand while studying with Marc Fish

4. The Triton Woodworker of the Year 2011, Luke Miller's winning piece, a table made from ironwood which was influenced by the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland