For Immediate Release Tony Dorsey
April 18, 2013 tdorsey@aashto.org 202-624-3690

National Photography Competition Brings Transportation's Role into Focus

Washington -- The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials this week announced the commencement of its ninth annual Faces of Transportation photography contest. The national competition asks state transportation department employees and private citizens to photograph those people and projects which are making communities better, while emphasizing the importance of transportation.

The theme for this year's competition is "A Snapshot of Transportation in America," which includes three new categories: "Building the Future," "Opening Communities," and "Taking the Road Less Traveled." A total of five awards will be presented this year. A $125 cash prize will be awarded to the best photograph in each of the three categories. $500 cash prizes will be presented to the winners of both the People's Choice and the Best Overall Photograph awards.

AASHTO strongly encourages every submission to prominently feature people designing, constructing, using, and enjoying the nation's transportation systems. All entries should represent the positive effects of all modes of transportation, on individuals and communities. Photographs which include recognizable individuals must be accompanied with a model release form and, regardless of category, all photos must include a caption which describes the scene. Failure to meet these requirements may lead to disqualification.

All entries must be received by July 31, 2013. Judging will begin on Aug. 1, 2013 and end Aug. 31, 2013. The general public will vote for the People's Choice Award at the Faces of Transportation web site, www.facesoftransportation.org.

The winners of the Faces of Transportation competition will be announced at the TransComm (AASHTO Subcommittee on Transportation Communications) annual meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sept. 9, 2013. Entry forms and contest rules are available at www.facesoftransportation.org.