AASHTO Awards Top Prizes In the Faces of Transportation Photo Contest

WASHINGTON –Two spectacular photographs taken of laborers at work on prominent sections of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, won the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award in the Faces of Transportation competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials.

A judge selected the Grand Prize winner and a record 19,000 on-line votes decided the People’s Choice award winner.  Six other photographs capturing highway construction workers and citizens using transportation facilities in their communities also received awards.

Twenty-eight transportation department employees from 21 states and six private citizens submitted 121 photographs in the competition.  The entries were judged in three categories: Building the Future, Opening Communities, and Taking the Road Less Traveled.

Engineer Martin Chandrawinata, on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, photographed an iron worker as he lance cut a section of the temporary truss on the self-anchored suspension structure. This truss carried the load of the bridge prior to the transfer to the cable.

The Grand Prize was awarded to California Department of Transportation Engineer Martin Chandrawinata for his photograph of an iron worker using a cutting torch while suspended from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Photographer Bill Hall captured Caltrans Transportation Engineer Matt Bruce inspecting the cable band installation of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. American Bridge Fluor completed the cable band installation Matt inspected atop the new main cable of the self-anchored suspension structure.

The People’s Choice Award was presented to photographer Bill Hall who captured California Department of Transportation Engineer Matt Bruce inspecting the cable band installation near the top of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Hall’s People’s Choice Award photograph also won the in the Building the Future—State DOT category.

An unknown worker cuts through re-enforcing rebar in the concrete rubble of a demolished bridge on State Route Four in Antioch Ca. The bridge was demolished to make room for the widening of the Highway and the addition of a light rail system.

Building the Future– Individual WinnerCalifornia State Route Four Construction through Contra Costa County–photographer Karl Nielsen captures an unknown worker as he cuts through re-enforcing rebar in the concrete rubble of a demolished bridge on State Route Four in Antioch, Calif. The bridge was demolished to make room for the widening of the highway and the addition of a light rail system.

Georgia DOT Signal Technician Bobby Bryant inspects a traffic light in District 7 on the south side of Atlanta. Routine maintenance enables GDOT to extend the life of and get optimum use from critical assets. GDOT maintains 3,280 lights across Georgia.

Opening Communities – State DOT Winner:Inspecting a Traffic Signal— photographer Cedric Mohr from the Georgia DOT captured this winning photograph of GDOT Signal Technician Bobby Bryant inspecting a traffic light in District 7 on the south side of Atlanta. GDOT maintains 3,280 lights across Georgia.

New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia.

Opening Communities– Individual Winner:  New River Gorge US 19, West Virginia–photographer Michael Ruggiero, Jr. set out to document semi-truck drivers, a sub-culture of gritty characters that drive coast to coast on the Interstate highways. This photograph is from his book “Over the Road.”

Icebergs being investigated from the safety of the Fast Rescue Boat deployed from the M/V Taku.

Taking the Road Less Traveled — State DOT Winner:  Icebergs from a Distance–photographer M. Bailey Watson from Alaska DOT & PF’s Alaska Marine Highway System captured this photograph of icebergs being investigated from the safety of the Fast Rescue Boat deployed from the M/V Taku.

Cyclists ride across an old bridge near Graton, California.

Taking the Road Less Traveled—Individual Winner: Grafton Bridge–photographer Karl Nielsen captured cyclists riding across an old bridge near Grafton, Calif.

The photographs were judged by Connie Rus, an accomplished photographer and graphic designer based in Washington State.

To see all of the photographs, please view all of the entries from this year’s contest.

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