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Crete Carrier Driver K. Colin Robertson Wins Grand Prize in TCA's Photo Contest
8/30/2005

Alexandria, Virginia:

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) is pleased to announce the grand prizewinner of the 8th Annual Truck Driver Photo Contest is K. Colin Robertson, a company driver for Crete Carrier Corporation of Lincoln, Nebraska. 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.

Robertson is an avid photographer who has entered photos in the Truck Driver Photo Contest before. His winning photo shows his red and white Crete truck in from of a landscape of fall foliage capped by a vivid blue sky. The judges were impressed with the contrasting colors he highlighted between his truck and its surroundings.

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 Dean Coffman of Bellingham, Washington, a driver leased to Holland Enterprises of Fargo, North Dakota. Coffman photographed one of the largest crosses in the world, located at Groom, Texas with his Nikon 5400. The photo highlights the spectacular primary colors of two trucks in front of the large, stark white cross.

Third place is awarded to Sandy von Cords a driver for Western Distributing Transportation Company of Denver, Colorado, who will receive $500. Von Cords has been a driver with Western for over 13 years and loves her job. She always has her camera nearby because, "there is a lot of life to capture." Her winning photo shows a breathtaking sunset in the mirror of her truck in dramatic detail.

Gerry Harker of Wyoming, Michigan, a driver with Van Eerden Trucking Co., of Byron Center, Michigan is the fourth place winner. His crisp, bright photo shows his Van Eerden truck in front of stunning fall foliage, which is reflected in the truck's bumper. He will receive $100 for his winning entry.

In fifth place, and winner of $100 is John DeMaria of Fairplay, Colorado who is a driver for Ronadero Co., in Frisco, Colorado. DeMaria took his touching photo of a truck hauling a tank at the Wilson Arch on US 191 in Utah. He hoped the shot would both work to enhance the trucking industry's image and show support for United States troops.

Sixth place and $100 was awarded to Ryan Avenarius of Dubuque, Iowa, a driver for Simon's Trucking of Farley, Iowa. Avenarius is no stranger to the Truck Driver Photo Contest, last year one of his photos was chosen as an honorable mention. His winning photo shows his truck on a bridge with lush trees and a rustic barn in the background. The interesting angle the photo was taken from makes it even more appealing.

In addition to the six primary winners, four honorable mentions ($50 prize each) were awarded:

  • Bryan Elam of Richmond, Texas, who drives for A.J. Saraqusa of Houston, Texas, submitted a photo showing a truck overloaded with hay that he saw while driving on US 278 near Addison, Alabama. The judges were impressed with the humorous tone of the photo and Bryan's caption, "Hay, a little overweight on the back axle?"
  • Brian O'Leary of Fort Collins, Colorado, is a company driver with Western Distributing Transportation Co., of Denver, Colorado. The judges cited his photo for its interesting juxtaposition of O'Leary's sleek truck in front of a gnarled and twisted desert tree.
  • Kim Wells of Cartersville, Georgia, who drives for Kennesaw Transportation of Rydel, Georgia, submitted a photo with the caption "cannot sit in the seat all day long," showing the driver lifting weights next to the truck. The photo's amusing look at life on the road made it an honorable mention.
  • Shelly Frew, of Mallorytown, Ontario, Canada, a driver for Kriska Transportation, Ltd. of Prescott, Ontario, Canada, submitted a driver's eye view photo that the judges found captivating. The shot, taken from the drivers seat, looks over the steering wheel onto a deserted winter road with snow covering the trees on both sides.

Information about the 2005 photo contest will be available in November. The contest is open to truck drivers who are currently employed with or leased to a trucking company.

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.


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