AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It represents all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail, and water. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.
As the voice of transportation, AASHTO works to educate the public and key decision makers about the critical role that transportation plays in securing a good quality of life and sound economy for our nation. AASHTO serves as a liaison between state departments of transportation and the Federal government. AASHTO is an international leader in setting technical standards for all phases of highway system development. Standards are issued for design, construction of highways and bridges, materials, and many other technical areas.
After a year’s hiatus, we’ve retooled, revamped, and reorganized the Faces of Transportation Photo Contest. Gone are the broad categories that made photographers try to shoehorn images into descriptions that didn’t really fit. And gone are the restrictions that that placed on your creativity.
Now you’ll find that we have opened up the categories to be much more focused on transportation subjects. Here at AASHTO, we talk of “modes” (planes, trains, and automobiles!) that move people and goods around the country. It’s much more natural to be taking a photo of a worker on a road or bridge, or a person on a bike, or the conductor of a train, or of an experienced truck driver – than it is to classify a beautiful photo into something like Building the Future. (What were we thinking?)
So. Get out there. Take some great photos. (Be careful!) Free up your creativity. Show us the wonderful faces that make transportation across our beautiful nation. Enter today!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 48,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 18 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Two aesthetically intriguing photographs and two compelling videos won top prizes in the 2015 Faces of Transportation competition sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.
Two photographs taken of people working behind the scenes at state DOTs won the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Awards. A judge selected the Grand Prize photograph and more than 4,500 online votes decided the People’s Choice award winner. Three other photographs capturing highway construction workers and citizens using transportation facilities also received awards. (See all of the photos in the Gallery on the right of this page.)
Twenty-nine transportation department employees from 16 states and nine private citizens submitted 103 photographs and 12 videos in the competition. The photographic entries were judged in three categories: People building America, People Touring America, and Innovators in Transportation. Videos competed in two categories: Professional Production and In-House/Amateur/Novice.
The Grand Prize in the photography competition was awarded to Washington State Department of Transportation photographer Greg Phipps for this photograph of Chris Solan, an ironworker making sure that the lift tower of the state route 99 tunnel boring machine in downtown Seattle was running smoothly.
The People’s Choice Award was presented to photographer Rusty Hubbard who captured Kayti Ewing from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department about to plant a flat of milkweed in the median off of Interstate 430 to help the monarch butterflies that migrate through the area.
Idaho Transportation Department photographer Mark Hall took this dramatic shot of a worker overseeing the placement of girders during an overnight job in Meridian to win the People Building America category.
Eric Goldmann, a private citizen in Burlington, Vermont won the People Touring America category with this picture of the Brookfield Floating Bridge, a hidden gem in the center of Vermont, which plays a key role in the economic vitality of the small town after which it’s named.
Nebraska Department of Roads photographer Daniel Luedert won the Innovators in Transportation category with his photograph of a worker surveying the grade of a new bypass near Kearney, while a grader works behind him.
In the video competition, the Tennessee Department of Transportation won in the Professional Production category for its high quality production highlighting the state’s multimodal freight plan in a video entitled “How TDOT Ensures You Get Your Stuff”.
And, last but not least, the Nevada Department of Transportation won the In-House Production/Amateur/Novice category for its up-close and personal video of a Snow Plow Ride-Along on Mount Rose in the western part of the state.
Thank you to all the entrants, and look for more information about next year’s competition right here!
Here is your chance to pick a winning photograph! Browse through the entries, view the pictures, and vote for your favorites. You can vote for as many images as you like, but can only come to the site and cast your votes once.
The photograph with the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award!