The 2013 Creative Photography Award went to Ronald Olsen of Coventry, RI.

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Railroad Museum showcases award-winning photographs

SACRAMENTO — California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to showcase the impressive award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s 2013 John E. Gruber Creative Photography awards program.

Nearly 100 photographers from all over the world submitted entries for this 11th annual competition, which resulted in a diverse and visually compelling collection of rail-related photographs.

The Grand Prize in the Center’s 2013 Creative Photography Awards Program went to Ronald Olsen of Coventry, RI, for a dramatic image of nighttime steam operations in China. The second place award went to Daryl-Ann Saunders of Brooklyn, NY; and third place went to Nick D’Amato, of Denver, Colo. In addition, Northern California photographer Mike Johannessen of El Sobrante received recognition in the “Judges Also Liked” category for an image of an early morning commuter express train on the west slope of Altamont Pass near Livermore.

New this year, the center expanded the notion of creativity in the program by opening submissions to include all forms of digital manipulations as long as they were disclosed. The photographs were judged by a panel of three individuals including program founder John Gruber.

This special photography exhibit will remain on display at the California State Railroad Museum through 2014. In addition to being showcased in the special exhibit at the Railroad Museum, the winners and a selection of the award-winning photographs were featured in the December 2013 issue of the Center’s Railroad Heritage journal and will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Railfan & Railroad magazine.

More information about the competition and the Center for Railroad Photography & Art can be found at railphoto-art.org and more information about the California State Railroad Museum is available at csrmf.org or by calling (916) 323-9280.

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