As part of a special exhibition now on display, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to showcase the impressive award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography and Art’s 2013 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program.
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Nearly 100 photographers from all over the world submitted entries for this 11th annual competition, which resulted in a diverse and visually compelling collection of rail-related photographs.
The Grand Prize in the Center’s 2013 Creative Photography Awards Program went to Ronald Olsen of Coventry, R.I., for a dramatic image of nighttime steam operations in China.
The second place award went to Daryl-Ann Saunders of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and third place went to Nick D’Amato, of Denver, Colo.
Northern California photographer Mike Johannessen, of El Sobrante, received recognition in the “Judges Also Liked” category for an image of an early morning commuter express train on the west slope of Altamont Pass near Livermore.
New this year, the center expanded the notion of creativity in the program by opening submissions to include all forms of digital manipulations as long as they were disclosed. The photographs were judged by a panel of three individuals including program founder John Gruber.
This special photography exhibit will remain on display at the California State Railroad Museum through 2014. In addition to being showcased in the special exhibit at the Railroad Museum, the winners and a selection of the award-winning photographs were featured in the December 2013 issue of the Center’s Railroad Heritage journal and will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Railfan & Railroad magazine.
More information about the competition and the Center for Railroad Photography and Art can be found at railphoto-art.org, and more information about the California State Railroad Museum is available at csrmf.org or by calling 916-323-9280.
Cost is $10 adults, $5 youths ages 6-17 and free for children ages 5 and under.
Operated by California State Parks with financial assistance from the non-profit California State Railroad Museum Foundation, the California State Railroad Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Widely regarded as North America’s finest and most popular railroad museum, the complex of facilities includes the 100,000-square foot Railroad History Museum plus the reconstructed Central Pacific Railroad Passenger Station and Freight Depot, 1849 Eagle Theatre, and Big Four and Dingley Spice Mill commercial buildings in Old Sacramento.