‘Connections’ is Photo Contest Theme for 2020

“Connections” is the theme of the 2020 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program being sponsored by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

The center said in announcing the competition that the theme is open to each individual’s interpretation related in some manner to railroading.

Photographers are invited to submit up to three images that were made within the past five years.

The deadline for submissions is May 1 and winners will be notified by Aug. 1.

Each submission must include the location, date and basic caption information. Other required information includes the name of the photographer along with a mailing address, email address and phone number

Images should be submitted as high-resolution jpeg digital files with a pixel dimension of at least 3000 on one side of the image. The image must not be watermarked.

Files must be submitted electronically via email at award@railphoto-art.org or a sharing service such as Dropbox and WeTransfer.

The Center reserves the right to retain electronic copies for future publication, use on its website, on Facebook and other social media, or for public exhibition.

Photographers will retain the copyright to all submitted images In all cases, the photographer retains the copyright to the image.

Prizes include $750 for the first place image, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

Images that are awarded “judges also liked” status will receive a one-year subscription to Railroad Heritage magazine.

All winners will be published in the Fall 2020 issue of Railroad Heritage. Railfan & Railroad magazine will publish the winners in a fall issue.

The California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento will display a gallery exhibition of the winners, as well as several selections from the “judges also liked” category.

The competition is named for the late John Gruber, who was the founder of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

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