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Best Cartage Driver Charles Robinson Wins Grand Prize in TCA’s Photo Contest
The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is pleased to announce the grand prizewinner of the 7th Annual Truck Driver Photo Contest is Charles Robinson, a company driver for Best Cartage of Kernersville, North Carolina. The contest, sponsored by S-Line, Inc. and RPM Magazine recognizes talented truck drivers who are also amateur photographers. The six contest winners will have their photos featured on TCA’s website and in RPM, a free monthly magazine that targets over-the-road professional drivers and owner operators
Robinson, who lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina has been driving for Best Cartage for three years and has two large boxes full of the photographs he has taken on the road. He carries at least one camera every time he is driving and enjoys photographing mountains, sunrises and sunsets. Robinson’s winning photograph is of Airplane Rock outside Belle Fourche, South Dakota. The judges enjoyed Robinson’s photographs so much that another one of his entries, a photo overlooking a valley in Pendelton, Oregon was awarded an honorable mention.
Robinson will receive a check for $1,000 and have his grand prize photograph featured on the front cover of RPM Magazine.
In second place, and winning $750 is Tom Majcherczyk of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a driver for Highland Transport of Markham, Ontario. Majcherczyk’s unique black and white photograph shows his white rig in front of a large dark ship. The crisp lines and interesting composition showing only a small part of the ship and the truck immediately impressed the judges.
Third place is awarded to Brent Kaul of Saraland, Alabama, a company driver for KLLM of Jackson, Mississippi, who will receive $500. Kaul is a long haul driver and carries a camera all over the country with him. His winning photo was taken in Echo, Utah just after it snowed and the weather began to warm up. Kaul may use his prize money to purchase a new lense for his camera.
Joe Condinho of Warsaw, Indiana, won fourth place with his beautiful silhouette shot of his truck in the orange sky of a sunset, the vivid colors and interesting composition made this photo a favorite of the judges. He will receive $100 for his winning entry.
In fifth place, and winner of $100 was Michael Hepler of Smithton, Pennsylvania who is a driver for Diamond Transport System. Hepler has been driving since 1995 and taking pictures is one of the hobbies he enjoys while on the road. He prefers to photograph country scenes rather than the city and this was the first time he entered TCA’s Photo Contest.
Sixth place and $100 was awarded to Charles Clawson Sr. of Black Licks, Pennsylvania, a driver for Wright-Know Motor Lines, Inc. of Armagh, Pennsylvania. His striking photo was taken in White Sands, New Mexico and shows his truck contrasting with the white desert sand and stark backdrop. Clawson visited the White Sands Park with his truck and after dropping his trailer on the way in he went to the back of the park to photograph his truck with the beautiful sand dunes. Clawson has been driving for 30 years and likes to photograph “anything different.”
In addition to the six primary winners, four honorable mentions ($50 prize each) were awarded:
Ryan Avenarius of Dubuque, Iowa, who drives for Simon’s Trucking of Farley, Iowa, submitted a photo of his truck in front of a beautiful sky and mountain. The composition of the photo, showing only half of the trailer made the judges take a closer look at this winning photo. Avenarius has been driving for 10 years and enjoys taking photos out west.
Larry Fulgham of Stigler, Oklahoma, is a company driver with Wal-Mart Transportation of Bentonville, Arkansas. Stigler regularly submits pictures to the TCA Photo Contest and last year won the grand prize. This year the judges chose the photo of his truck in a field of cotton as an honorable mention.
Jim McRae of Glendale, Arizona, who drives for McLane Sunwest of Goodyear, Arizona, submitted a photo of a rat terrier named Oscar in the driver’s seat of his brother’s semi. The photo was taken on a drive from Northfield, Minnesota to Goodyear, Arizona.
Charles Robinson, this year’s first place winner won an honorable mention for this striking photo taken as he drove up Blue Mountain and looked back down on Pendleton, Oregon and the trucks following him.
Information about the 2004 photo contest will be available in August. The contest is open to truck drivers who are currently employed with or leased to a trucking company. To view this year’s winning photographs, please go to the Truckload Carriers Association’s website at www.truckload.org/contests/photocontest.shtml.
TCA is the only national trade association whose collective sole focus is the truckload segment of the motor carrier industry. The association represents dry van, refrigerated, flatbed, and intermodal container carriers operating in the 48 contiguous states as well as Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Representing operators of over 200,000 trucks, which collectively produce an annual revenue of over $20 billion, TCA is an organization tailored to specific truckload carrier needs.