FAQs: Why Should I Use a Model Release Form?

Chief Deputy Director Rick Land during final inspection of I-Bar repair on the West Span of the Bay Bridge prior to its reopening.

Chief Deputy Director Rick Land during final inspection of I-Bar repair on the West Span of the Bay Bridge prior to its reopening.

One of the questions we get asked regularly is, “Why do I have to get a fully completed model release form?”

The short answer: it not only protects the person being photographed from any unauthorized use of their image, but it protects you from legal action in the future, if the image is used for a business purpose.

The long answer: check out this posting by the American Society of Media Photographers (a great resource in general, by the way).

TIP: Always carry a couple of hard copies of the form in your camera bag, so that you’ll have one ready when the moment strikes!

AASHTO Announces ‘Faces of Transportation’ Photography and Video Contest

At age 5, Eileen Foley cut a ribbon in August of 1923 to mark the opening of the Memorial Bridge connecting Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. Nine decades later the 95-year old former Portsmouth mayor repeated the milestone, marking the opening of a new Memorial Bridge on August 8, 2013.

At age 5, Eileen Foley cut a ribbon in August of 1923 to mark the opening of the Memorial Bridge connecting Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Kittery, Maine. Nine decades later the 95-year old former Portsmouth mayor repeated the milestone, marking the opening of a new Memorial Bridge on August 8, 2013.

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials today announced the start of its 11th annual Faces of Transportation photography contest with new categories, and a video section open to all participants. The national competition gives state DOT employees and private citizens the opportunity to submit photographs and videos of people, projects, and personal experiences that demonstrate the benefits of transportation in America.

Contest Guidelines and Rules 2015

This year’s competition, themed “The People Who Power Transportation in America,” includes seven awards. Five will be presented in the photography section and two prizes will be awarded in the video portion of competition.

Photography: Photographs will be judged in three new transportation-themed categories: “People Building America,” “People Touring America,” and “Innovators in Transportation.” A $125 cash prize will be awarded to the best photograph in each of the three categories. $500 cash prizes will be presented to the winners of both the People’s Choice and the Best Overall Photograph award.

Video Section: Videos will be judged on two levels and in two separate categories. Amateur or novice videos must demonstrate travel experiences in a category called Safe, Innovative and/or Fun. Professionally produced videos will be judged in a category called Innovation in Motion.

The videos (one winner in each category), as selected by AASHTO, will each be awarded $150 cash prizes. The winners, along with other submitted videos, may be featured on AASHTO’s Transportation TV.

Winning video and photography submissions must prominently feature people designing, constructing, using and enjoying the nation’s transportation systems. All entries must represent the positive effects of all modes of transportation on individuals and communities. Photographs and videos which include recognizable individuals must be accompanied with a Faces of Transportation Model Release form regardless of category; all photos and videos must include a Faces of Transportation Caption and Theme form that describes the scene and the theme under which the entry is placed. Failure to meet these requirements may lead to disqualification.

All entries must be received by July 31, 2015. Judging will begin on August 10, 2015. The general public will vote for the People’s Choice Award photograph at the Faces of Transportation web site, www.facesoftransportation.org. Judging will begin August 10 and end August 31, 2015.

The winners of the 2015 Faces of Transportation competition will be announced at the AASHTO Subcommittee on Transportation Communications (TransComm) annual meeting in Annapolis, Maryland in September.

Contest Guidelines and Rules 2015

AASHTO Awards Top Prizes in The Faces of Transportation Photo/Video Contest

WASHINGTON – Two aesthetically intriguing photographs and two compelling videos won top prizes in the Faces of Transportation competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials.

The photographs taken on opposite sides of the country of people interacting with bridges won the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Awards. A judge selected the Grand Prize photograph and more than 11,000 online votes decided the People’s Choice award winner. Three other photographs capturing highway construction workers and citizens using transportation facilities in their communities also received awards.

Twenty-nine transportation department employees from 17 states and four private citizens submitted 88 photographs and 14 videos in the competition. The photographic entries were judged in three categories: Quality of Life/Community Development, Historic Projects, and Taking the Road Less Traveled. Videos competed in two categories: Professional Production and In-House/Amateur/Novice.

A section of a bridge being moved into place on the State Road 826/State Road 836 Interchange Reconstruction Project. There are 45 bridges in the project. The gantry was used to construct 4 of them because the confined space below precluded the use of cranes.

A section of a bridge being moved into place on the State Road 826/State Road 836 Interchange Reconstruction Project. There are 45 bridges in the project. The gantry was used to construct 4 of them because the confined space below precluded the use of cranes.

The Grand Prize in the photography competition was awarded to Florida Department of Transportation Photographer Sally Dobson for her photograph of a section of bridge being moved into place during the State Road 826/836 Interchange Reconstruction Project in Miami, Florida.

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The evening before the official opening of the new Bay Bridge an amazing sunset back lit both the new and old bridge. The opening of the new bridge and decommissioning of the old bridge marked the end of the 76 year Bay Area icon.

 

 

 

The People’s Choice Award was presented to photographer Karl Nielsen who captured a dramatic sunset the evening before the opening of the new San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge.

Bay Area residents John Davidson and Thalia Pascalides enjoy cycling on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Pedestrian and Bicycle Pathway on October 14, 2013. Since opening on September 2, 2013 many cyclists have enjoyed breathtaking vistas from the new bridge and observed demolition of the old Bay Bridge.

Bay Area residents John Davidson and Thalia Pascalides enjoy cycling on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Pedestrian and Bicycle Pathway on October 14, 2013. Since opening on September 2, 2013 many cyclists have enjoyed breathtaking vistas from the new bridge and observed demolition of the old Bay Bridge.

 

 

 

 

Last year’s Grand Prize winner, Caltrans photographer Bill Hall, was this year awarded a prize in the Quality of Life/Community Development category for his picture of two bicyclists using the bicycle/pedestrian pathway on the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge.

US 80 was intended to be a cross-continental highway. Also known as the Dixie-Overland Highway, it was built in the early 1920’s. When built, this bridge was the longest in AZ. Because of Interstate 8, the highway was decommissioned in 1956. The bridge is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

US 80 was intended to be a cross-continental highway. Also known as the Dixie-Overland Highway, it was built in the early 1920’s. When built, this bridge was the longest in AZ. Because of Interstate 8, the highway was decommissioned in 1956. The bridge is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

 

 

 

 

Historic Projects: US Route 80/Dixie Overland Highway Bridge—photographer John Dougherty of the Arizona Department of Transportation captured a bridge built in the early 1920s as part of this historic highway, which was the longest in Arizona. Though the highway was decommissioned in 1956 due to the construction of Interstate 8, the bridge is part of the National Register of Historic Places.

A new stretch of bike path provides access to several beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada beaches. This photo was taken during the Stateline Bikeway dedication ceremony. Nevada DOT has been instrumental in America's Most Beautiful Bikeway that will eventually circumnavigate the lake.

A new stretch of bike path provides access to several beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada beaches. This photo was taken during the Stateline Bikeway dedication ceremony. Nevada DOT has been instrumental in America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway that will eventually circumnavigate the lake.

 

 

Taking the Road Less Traveled: Lake Tahoe Bike Path—photographer Julie Duewel from the Nevada Department of Transportation took this photograph of a new stretch of bike path that provides access to several beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada beaches. The photo was taken during the Stateline Bikeway dedication ceremony. NDOT has been instrumental in America’s Most Beautiful Bikeway, which will eventually circumnavigate the lake.

The photographs were judged by Pam Burks, an accomplished photographer living in Maryland.

ahtd_razorback_greenway1In the video competition, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department won in Professional Production category for its high quality production highlighting the Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway project.

Water jumpThe California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) won in the In-House Production/Amateur/Novice category for its innovative Underwater Bridge Inspection video, part of the “On the Job with Caltrans” series, developed to highlight the wide variety of jobs that Caltrans workers perform.

The videos were judged by AASHTO Media Relations Manager Tony Dorsey, a former television reporter/anchor at the NBC station in Washington D.C.

To view all of the entries in this year’s competition, visit the Faces of Transportation blog at http://www.facesoftransportation.org.

People’s Choice Voting Now Open!

Cash Prize at Stake in Eleventh Annual National ‘Faces of Transportation’ Photo Contest

VOTE HERE!

Voters can choose their favorite photograph from among 78 images being judged in three categories: “Quality of Life/Community Development,” “Historic Projects,” and “Taking the Road Less Traveled.” Each photograph represents the positive effects of transportation on individuals and/or communities.

Mountain View Corridor Project Director Teri Newell looks on as crews work on the new 15-mile roadway. Newell has overseen this $1.035 billion project from the beginning.

Mountain View Corridor Project Director Teri Newell looks on as crews work on the new 15-mile roadway. Newell has overseen this $1.035 billion project from the beginning.

Voting starts today and runs through Sept. 8. The photograph receiving the highest number of online votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, and a $500 cash prize will be awarded to the photographer.

The People’s Choice Award winner and the recipient of this year’s Faces of Transportation Grand Prize Award will be announced on Sept. 29.

VOTE NOW!