The theme for the 2009 Awards Program was “light impressions.” 2009 was also the first year for all-digital entries, which resulted in a record number of submissions: 62 photographers and 275 images. Once again, the high quality of submissions made for difficult judging. Along with one gold, two silver, and four bronze awards, 17 additional photographers are recognized in the “Judges Also Liked” category. Follow the links above or below to pages for each selected photograph, including judges’ comments.
Gold award: Keith Burgess
Keith Burgess, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, received the Center’s 2009 Gold Award for Creative Photography. He is the first repeat winner of the Center’s highest award, having also taken top honors in 2007. Burgess received an EOS 40D digital camera from co-sponsor Canon, and his photos were the featured images at the Center’s exhibition at the California State Railroad Museum and in the September 2009 issue of Railfan & Railroad magazine.
Olaf Haensch and Brian Plant
Olaf Haensch (left), of Billerbeck, Germany, and Brian Plant (right two photographs), of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, receive the Center’s 2009 Silver Awards for Creative Photography. Both focused their submissions on heritage steam railroads, and both are past winners in the awards program, with Haensch receiving the 2008 Gold Award and Plant placing second in the 2004 contest. They both receive $300 to further their photography efforts, and their photos will be displayed in the Center’s exhibition at the California State Railroad Museum and in the September 2009 issue of Railfan & Railroad magazine.
Steve Crise, Chris Goepel, Nick Suydam, and Chris Walters
Upper row, from left: Steve Crise, Chris Goepel, Chris Goepel, and Nick, Suydam. Lower row: Nick Suydam, Nick Suydam, Chris Walters, and Chris Walters. Click on each image for a larger version.
Four photographers share the Bronze Awards: Steve Crise, Pomona, California; Chris Goepel, Larkspur, California; Nick Suydam, Chicago, Illinois; and Chris Walters, Sydney, Australia. They each receive $100, and their photographs will be displayed in the Center’s exhibition at the California State Railroad Museum and in the September 2009 issue of Railfan & Railroad magazine.