For Immediate Release: 09/23/11
Winners of 2011 Civil War Photography Contest Announced
Twenty winning shots were selected from more than 2,000 submissions in six categories
(Washington, DC) – The Civil War Trust, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the hallowed ground of Civil War battlefields, is pleased to announce the winners of its 15th annual photography contest, a competition cosponsored by History™, and the Center for Civil War Photography.
These modern shutterbugs are following in the footsteps of Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and others whose work made the Civil War the first major conflict to be extensively documented by photojournalists. But unlike their predecessors in the 1860s, today’s photographers were able to take advantage of 21st century technology, submitting their digital images online through the photo-sharing website Flickr.com.
“When I visit a Civil War battlefield — particularly now, during the war’s 150th anniversary — I am humbled, knowing the history that happened on the ground beneath my feet,” said Trust president Jim Lighthizer. “These extraordinarily talented men and women have been able to capture the solemnity and beauty of these sites. I truly thank them for sharing these stirring images with us.”
The 2011 edition of the contest saw a record number of entries — more than 2,000 in total — leaving judges the difficult task of selecting a Grand Prize winner, as well as first- through third-place recognitions in six categories: Civil War Battlefields, showcasing the solemn and scenic landscapes of these hallowed grounds; High School, highlighting the talents of our next generation of history lovers; People on Civil War Battlefields, focusing on visitors young and old enjoying their time on the battlefield; Preservation Threats, illustrating the grave threats faced by many Civil War battlefields and historic sites; Sesquicentennial – 1861, featuring the events and personalities of 150 years ago; and Then and Now, contrasting early images of Civil War battlefields with the same sites today. A People’s Choice winner was also selected in online voting.
This year’s grand prize winner is Andy House of Fort Mill, S.C., for his photo, “A Moment of Silence” taken as dawn broke on the 150th anniversary of that battle. He will receive complimentary registration to the Trust’s 2012 annual conference in Richmond, Va.
All category honorees will receive plaques commemorating the award and will have their images appear in various Trust printed and digital media. First-place winners will also receive a one year membership or membership extension in the organization. Additionally, the winner of the Then and Now category received free registration to the Center for Civil War Photography’s 2012 “Image of War Seminar.”
Civil War Battlefields: Paula Mansfield of Kearneysville, W.V., for “Antietam Landscape – Early Morning Fog”; Amber Ard of Horse Cave, Ky., for “Bittersweet Scene”; and Jack Clark of Wildwood, Mo., for “Fort Pulaski Battlefield – Heavy Gun.”
High School: Josh Gutmaker of Jamesville- DeWitt High School in Jamesville, N.Y., for “The Firefighters”; Picture ’em Photography for “Firing”; and Josh Gutmaker for “Stony Hill.”
People on Civil War Battlefields: Tad Sattler of East Hampton, Conn., for “Tale of the 71st PA”; Craig Weeks of Fleming Island, Fla., for “Olustee Young Gun”; and David DeGuire of Brandon, Miss., for “Cannon in Vicksburg 2011.”
Preservation Threats: Mike Talplacido of Houston, Texas, for “Main Trench, Franklin”; Kathy Demshak for “Battle of the Bottles”; and Kisha Tracy of Firchburg, Mass., for “Gettysburg National Military Park.”
Sesquicentennial – 1861: David DeGuire of Brandon, Miss., for “Cannon Firing on Fort Sumter”; Reed George of Ashburn, Va., for “Henry House”; and Joanne Hunter of Manassas, Va.,for “Horse Artillery.”
Then & Now: Michael Epstein of Prairie Village, Kan., for “Pittsburgh Landing, Shiloh”; Tommy Kays of Richland, Mo., for “Ray House at Wilson’s Creek”; and Jeremy Neufeld of Olney, Md., for “Tunnel Hill, Missionary Ridge.”
People’s Choice: Joanne Hunter of Manassas, Va., for “Horse Artillery.”
Winning images can be viewed online at www.civilwar.org/photos2011. To browse all of the images submitted to the contest, visit the Trust’s page on Flickr, www.flickr.com/groups/cwpt. Additional images will be added to this group throughout the year. Information on how to enter the 2012 contest will be available in April.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has preserved nearly 30,000 acres of battlefield in 20 states. Learn more at www.civilwar.org, the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.