|AASHTO Announces 2011 ‘Faces of Transportation’ Photo Contest Results: Grand Prize Winner Also Receives the Highest Number of Facebook ‘Likes’|
|The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has announced that a single photograph won both the Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award in the 2011 “Faces of Transportation” photo contest.
Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) photographer Julie Duewel won for “Balancing Act,” a photograph of NDOT Bridge Inspector Aleksander Nelson performing a safety inspection at the Mike O’Callaghan/Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge – part of the Hoover Dam Bypass situated 900 feet above the Colorado River.
State DOT employees in 14 states submitted 87 photographs, illustrating the positive effects of transportation on individuals and communities. The photos depict employees, contractors, and private citizens in three categories: At Work, At Play, and On the Move.
The photographs were judged based on their overall composition, use of light, and style. AASHTO also used Facebook this year for the very first time to give the public a chance to weigh in. Duewel’s photo received the highest number of “likes” among 20 photographs selected to receive the People’s Choice Award on Facebook.
“These photographs offer a reminder of the important role transportation plays in American life,” said Lloyd Brown, AASHTO’s director of communications. “Duewel’s photograph exemplifies the essential work being done to maintain transportation infrastructure across the country. We’re also glad to see a growing number of people relating to AASHTO through our social media platforms.”
The Grand Prize and People’s Choice Award come with $500 cash awards.
You can see all of the photographs at aash.to/FacesofTransportation.