2010 Awards Program

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railroad award photo photography contest competition

Theme: "Beyond the Locomotive"

This year’s theme challenges the photographer to understate (or even eliminate) the locomotive in the photograph and emphasize other aspects of the railroad environment. Throughout the history of railroad photography, some of the most memorable images are devoid of trains all together.


The Center and co-sponsor Canon will award prizes totaling $2,000. The winning photos will form an exhibition at the California State Railroad Museum, and Railfan & Railroad magazine will publish a selection of the top photos in its “Photo Line” feature. The Center will include a contest announcement in its journal, Railroad Heritage, and it may add the photographers’ work to its traveling exhibition, and the Web portal.

  • First Place: Canon EOS 50D digital camera body

  • Second Place: $500

  • Third Place: $300


Photographers will be judged on their ability to demonstrate creative, technical, and interpretative excellence in new and unusual ways. We want to encourage the caliber of work that is suitable for gallery and museum display.

Photographs must have been made with a film or digital camera after December 31, 2006. A photographer may submit up to five black and white or color photos that represent an innovative approach. Please submit digital image files: high resolution scans of prints, slides or negatives; or native camera files.

Submitting Images for Judging

  • Save at JPEG format using “high” or “8” quality setting
  • 1024 pixels (at 72 dpi) in the larger dimension, with the smaller dimension sized proportionally
  • Send as attachments in a single e-mail to [email protected]
  • Include your full name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and the dates your photos were taken in your submission e-mail

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