NWI Photographer of the Year
(Page updated 06.16.20)

    Every spring the annual Dana Dawes/NWI Chapter NRHS Photographer of the Year Contest is held. This event was named after Dana Dawes in memory of what he did for the NWI Chapter. He was a long time member and served as the National Director, attending every National Convention, for at least 15 years before his death. The board has revamped the rules for the annual photo contest. The photo plaques have been eliminated and instead the winning photos will be displayed on the NWI website for a year as recognition.

2020 Contest Rules
1. The Contest shall be held during the April NWI Chapter Meeting.
(Due to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, this meeting and contest did not occur.)

2. Three Categories shall be offered.

  • Category A – Photographs recorded during the preceding year (2019) of a local nature. i.e. recorded in Illinois or an immediate surrounding state of Illinois (Indiana-Michigan-Wisconsin-Iowa-Missouri-Kentucky). This category shall determine the Photographer of the Year.

  • Category B – Anytime–Anywhere. This shall be an honorable mention category.

  • Category C Be Innovative. Use your imagination. You may do anything you wish with this image.
    Category C must be submitted ready for entry. This shall be an honorable mention category.

         3. Photographers may enter up to three (3) photographs in each category. The photographs must have been recorded by the contestant. All contestants must be a current NWI Chapter member or subscriber at the time of the contest. Photographer need not be present to win.

         4. All entries will be projected digitally. All entries must be submitted to the contest producers, no later than April 1, 2020. No entries will be accepted in any manner after the cut-off date. Erik Rasmussen shall be the contest Producers for the 2020 contest.

         5. Slide or print film entries will have to be scanned to meet digital requirements of the Producers. All photos scanned and processed in Photoshop by the Producers will be sized to 3000 wide x 2000 for landscape shots or 1500 high x 900 wide for verticals. If you submit to us already sized by yourself, make sure it is sized to the dimensions noted. Using a conventional jpeg file, you can e-mail or submit files via media such as CD/DVD or thumb drive. Submissions can be sent to: trainboy03@mchsi.com.

    Lance Wales will be available to scan slides at the February 2020 meeting.
    Click on the links below to view past contest winners:
    (Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 contest did not occur.)
    2019 Contest
    2018 Contest
    2017 Contest
    2016 Contest
    2015 Contest

    2014 Contest

    2013 Contest

    2012 Contest
    2011 Contest

    2010 Contest

    2009 Contest

    2008 Contest

    2007 Contest
    2006 Contest
    2005 Contest

    Note from the Board  
        The Board recognizes the rapid changes all rail photographers are faced with as imaging changes from film to digital based medium, and to that end remind membership that there will be an evolutionary process involved with photo contests in the next few years. Our contest is a continual "work in progress", and each year we are open to adjusting the rules, adding/subtracting categories, etc.

         Who knows what form our contest will take in the future--it's up to YOU! As we have in our long history, the NWI embraces ALL forms of rail image capture--be it film or digital photography, video, or painting--and rest assured we'll continue to support you however you choose to pursue the hobby. Your input is always appreciated on how this contest can be tweaked for the better.

Chapter address

North Western Illinois Chapter - NRHS
P.O. Box 5632
Rockford, IL 61125-0632