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Center Accepting Entries in Photo Contest

November 8, 2022

Entries are being accepted by the Center for Railroad Photography and Art for the 2023 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program.

This year’s theme is “the role of technology.” Entries should explore how technology has shaped and continues to inform how railroads operate, look, and perform across time, place, and season, the Center said.

Photographers are encouraged to visually interpret the theme expressing how technology affects the evolving nature of railroads.

The Center said photographers may submit up to three images in either color and/or black-and-white format. Digital and film images will be accepted but film images should be submitted as scans in a high-resolution JPG format with one side of the image at least 1,500 pixels. Digital manipulation of the images is acceptable but not required. No watermarks are allowed.

Entries should be accompanied by location, date and basic caption information. They also should include a mailing address, email address and phone number of the photographer.

Files can be sent via email, or a file transfer service such as Dropbox or WeTransfer. Please send all submissions to award@railphoto-art.org

The deadline to submit entries is May 1, 2023. Winners will be announced on Aug. 1

Prizes are First place, $750; second place, $500; and third place $250. Entries chosen as “judges also liked” will receive a one year-subscription to Railroad Heritage.

Winning entries will be published in the fall 2023 issue of Railroad Heritage and a fall issue of Railfan and Railroad.

For more information visit www.railphoto-art.org/technology-awards/

Steinheimer Photos Donated to Wisconsin Center

June 14, 2022

The photography of the late Richard Steinheimer has been donated to the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

The collection includes 30,000 slides, black and white prints, scans of photographs, and black and white negatives.

Steinheimer’s work began to emerge in the 1940s and gained traction in such magazines as Trains and Railfan & Railroad in the 1950s, both of which had different names in their early years of publication. Trains has published more than 400 of Steinheimer’s photographs in its pages.

The Center, which is based in Madison, Wisconsin, said in announcing its acquisition of the collection that Steinheimer was considered by some to be the “Ansel Adams” of the railroad photography craft. 

Steinheimer died at age 81 in Sacramento, California, on May 4, 2011. Much of his work focused on railroads in the West and featured trains amid dramatic landscapes.

His photographs also appeared in more than 70 books, including Backwoods Railroads of the West, The Electric Way Across the Mountains, and A Passion for Trains: The Railroad Photography of Richard Steinheimer.

During his career, Steinheimer also was a commercial photographer in Silicon Valley, creating images for such technology companies as Fairchild Semiconductor, Intel, and Apple.

‘Weather Effects’ Theme of Photo Contest

November 4, 2021

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2022 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art.

This year theme is weather effects. In announcing the theme, the center noted that weather of all kinds influences nearly every aspect of railroading. The theme may be taken literally, figuratively and/or metaphorically.  

Participants may submit up to three images in either color and/or black and white format with digital and film images acceptable.

However, film images should be submitted as scans in JPG format with one side of the image at least 1500 pixels. Digital manipulation of the images is acceptable but not required.  

The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2022. Prize winners will be announced on Aug. 1, 2022.

Gruber 2022 Photo Contest Theme Announced

October 1, 2021

Entries are being accepted for the 2022 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards by the Center for Railroad Photography and Art.

The theme of the contest is “weather effects” and the Center said the theme may be taken literally, figuratively and/or metaphorically. 

Contestants are invited to enter up to three images in either color or black and white.

Film images should be submitted as scans in JPG format with one side of the image at least 1500 pixels. Digital manipulation of the images is acceptable but not required. 

The submission deadline is May 1, 2022. Submissions should include location, date, and basic caption information.

Photographers must also include with their submissions a mailing address, email address and telephone number.

Images should be submitted as high-resolution jpegs with a pixel dimension of at least 3000 on one side. No watermarks are allowed on any submission.

Files can be sent via email, Dropbox, WeTransfer to award@railphoto-art.org

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

The Center also reserves the right to disqualify any photographs deemed dangerous in content.

Prizes are $750 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place. Entries receiving a “judges also liked” designation will receive a one-year subscription to Railroad Heritage magazine.

 Winning entries will be published in the Fall 2022 issue of Railroad Heritage, and Railfan & Railroad magazine will publish the winners in a fall issue.

Photo Conference Registration Underway

February 21, 2021

Registrations are being accepted for the annual Conversations conference to be held online by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art.

The event will be held on April 10 between 9:50 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. CDT and hosted on a Cisco Webex platform.

There is no charge for registration but registrants have the option of making a donation.

Scheduled presenters and their programs include: Patrick Cashin, New York MTA; William Gill, night photography; Jonathan Glancey and Ian Logan, authors of Logomotive: Railroad Graphics and the American Dream; Erik C. Lindgren, photography and art from Colorado railroads; Jeff Mast, photography of John Bjorkland; Kevin Scanlon and Kevin Tomasic, railroads and the art of place in Pennsylvania and West Virginia; and Yoichi Uzeki, New York City and Tokyo

To register, go to www.railphoto-art.org/virtual-conversations-2021.

‘Connections’ is Photo Contest Theme for 2020

April 23, 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.

Photography Center to Move Event Online

March 23, 2020

The Center for Railroad Photography and Art will host an online free conference on April 18.

The event is in part intended to replace an event had been scheduled for April 17-19 that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Virtual Conversations event will require registration on the center’s website.

“Our community still has so many stories to tell and images to share, and digital technology provides us more ways to connect now than ever before. So the show will go on,” the center said.

Additional details about the conference will be released later.

Railroad Photography Conference Canceled

March 17, 2020

A conference on railroad photography that was to have been held in mid April has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Center for Railroad Photography & Art has scrubbed “Conversations 2020,” which had been scheduled to be held April 17-19 at Lake Forest College in suburban Chicago.

The Center said it canceled the conference after receiving guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that gatherings of 50 or more people should be avoided for the next eight weeks.

The Center said it will seek to bring in to next year conference as possible of this year’s scheduled presenters as it can.

Those who have already purchased tickets should consult the Center’s website for refund information.

Railroad Photography Conference Set for April

January 18, 2020

The Center for Railroad Photography & Art will hold a three-day conference April 17-19 in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Known as Conversations 2020, the conference will be held at Lake Forest College, which is a co-sponsor of the event, located 30 miles north of downtown Chicago.

The conference will begin on Friday evening with a reception at 5 p.m. in the Glenn Rowan House followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Calvin Durand Hall.

Following dinner, Norm Carlson will give a presentation about Chicago rail commuter railroad Metra.

Saturday’s events include presentations, breakfast, lunch, an evening reception with drinks and appetizers, and dinner.

On Sunday the conference will conclude with presentations from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the McCormick Auditorium of the Lillard Science Center.

The scheduled presented and their topics are: Patrick Cashin (MTA), Steve Crise (photographing trains large and small), Phil Hawkins (railway art from the United Kingdom), Kevin P. Keefe (photography of J. Parker Lamb), Dennis Livesey (retrospective of his photography),  Mark Llanuza (then-and-now photographs of abandoned railroads in the Midwest plus recent work from Metra),  Sammuel Phillips (contemporary photography from Appalachia), and Dennis Ziemienski (rail art from the West).

Short presentations will also be given by the conference docents.

Conference attendees are asked to send after purchasing a ticket one of their recent photographs, preferably from the past year, for inclusion in a presentation of attendees’ photographs.

Tickets for the conference will range in price depending on whether an attendee is a member of the center and when they register.

For members, early registration (through Jan. 31) will be $120. Regular registration (Feb. 1 through March 27) and late registration is $160.

Non-member registration fees are $120 (early), $190 (regular) and $210 (late). Student registration fees are $50 regardless of when they register.

The registration fee does not cover the Friday dinner ($70) or Saturday banquet ($40). Student dinner fees are $25 for Friday and $20 for Saturday.

Up to four scholarships, funded by conference patrons, are available for young, new, and/or emerging photographers and artists to cover ticket prices, two nights of lodging (double occupancy), and partial travel expenses to and from the conference.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Feb. 21.

Further information is available at http://www.railphoto-art.org/conversations-2020/

CRPA&A Moves to New Home

January 17, 2020

The Center for Railroad Photography & Art will move into a new office today in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Center said it has outgrown its current location.

The new office is located at 1930 Monroe Street and will provide room we need to grow as needed.

The Center’s original offices were located at 1914 Monroe, Suite 301, Madison, WI 57311,

In a notice posted on the Center’s website it said that it may take additional time to respond to requests as it settles into its new home.