ASCE Blends Engineering and Art, Announces Winners of International Bridge Photography Contest

October 2, 2013


Media Contact: Kevin Higgins,

The American Society of Civil Engineers is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual international bridge photography contest. ASCE received nearly 1,400 submissions from civil engineers and photographers in 55 countries. Expert judges—three civil engineers, two photographers, and one designer—selected 13 winners across several categories, including “green” bridges, new bridges, bridges in small communities, and High Dynamic Range images. Over 6,000 bridge enthusiasts voted to select a Viewers’ Choice winner.

“We are thrilled that so many members of the public chose to celebrate great bridges with us," said Bruce Gossett, Managing Director of ASCE Publications. “The winning photos truly captured the unique blend of technology and art that is the hallmark of great civil engineering.”

Each winning photo appears in ASCE’s 2014 bridges wall calendar. See them all at

About the Winners

First Place
Photographer: Xiao-Sheng Ho
Bridge: Pamban Bridge (Rameswaram, India)

Second Place
Photographer: Michael B. Stuart
Bridge: South Grand Island Bridge (Grand Island, NY)

Third Place
Photographer: Deb Simpson
Bridge: Chicago Northwestern Cedar River Bridge (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Green Bridges Category Winner
Photographer: António Manuel Leão Gonçalves de Sousa
Bridge: Vasco da Gama Bridge (Lisbon, Portugal)

HDR Images Category Winner
Photographer: Brooke Duthie
Bridge: Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge (San Diego)

New Bridges Category Winner
Photographer: Bill Braden
Bridge: Deh Cho Bridge (Fort Providence, NWT, Canada)

Bridges in Small Communities Category Winner
Photographer: Sudharshun Gopalan
Bridge: Pamban Bridge (Rameswaram, India)

Runner Up
Photographer: Ekaterina Evdokimova
Bridge: Ashopton Viaduct (Peak District National Park, U.K.)

Runner Up
Photographer: Nelson Chin Yee Yung
Bridge: Seri Wawasan Bridge (Putrajaya, Malaysia)

Runner Up
Photographer: Gonzalo Acuña
Bridge: Puente Centenario (Paso de los Toros, Uruguay)

Runner Up
Photographer: Ben Leshchinsky
Bridge: Yaquina Bay Bridge (Newport, OR)

Runner Up
Photographer: Joël Thai
Bridge: Bixby Bridge (Big Sur, CA)

ASCE Student Member Winner
Photographer: Samuel B. Havely
Bridge: Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge (Williamson County, TN)

Viewers’ Choice Category Winner
Photographer: Lowell Wagoner
Bridge: Lowry Avenue Bridge (Minneapolis, MN)

About the Judges

Anil Agrawal is a Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College of New York, the Chief Editor of ASCE's Journal of Bridge Engineering, and the Chair of ASCE's Committee on Bridge Inspection, Management and Rehabilitation. He received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the Indian Institute Of Technology, his master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Tokyo, and his PhD in civil & environmental engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Brian Brenner is a Vice President at Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, and a Professor of the Practice at Tufts University.  At FST he is a project manager and designer working on several bridge projects throughout New England. At Tufts he teaches the graduate bridge design class and participates in research on long term bridge design.  Brian has published two collections of engineering essays with ASCE Press: Don’t Throw This Away and Bridginess.

Brian Grzelewski is an award-winning photographer specializing in travel photography. In 2002, he left behind mechanical engineering and began a travel adventure blog,, about his worldwide travels with his wife. Through that site, he brought readers to Thailand, Cambodia, France, The Czech Republic, Australia, and many more exciting places. Now living in Scotland, he continues publishing and selling photos at

Andrew Herrmann is the 2012 ASCE President and has been the Partner-In-Charge for many major bridge projects at NYC engineering firm Hardesty & Hanover. Now a principal at the firm, his experience includes design, inspection, rehabilitation, and construction along with managing some of the firm’s major fixed and movable bridge projects. Andrew received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Valparaiso University, Indiana, and his master’s degree from the Polytechnic Institute of New York, now POLY-NYU.

Debra Naylor has run her own design studio in Washington, DC since 1986. Her primary focus is on book and publications design, which she approaches with a clear sense of aesthetic that is practical and straightforward. Debra is currently an adjunct faculty member at Corcoran College of Art + Design. She graduated with distinction from Goldsmith's College (University of London), where she studied Graphic Design.

Nicole Young is a full-time photographer and author currently living in Portland, Oregon. She specializes in food and stock photography and licenses her images through iStockphoto and Getty Images. Nicole is an accredited Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop and is a “Help Desk Specialist” with the National Association of Photoshop Professionals. She is author of several books published by Peachpit Press and Craft&Vision.

Media Contact: Kevin Higgins,

About ASCE

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s mission is to provide essential value to its members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good. In carrying out that mission, ASCE advances technology, encourages lifelong learning, promotes professionalism and the profession, develops civil engineer leaders, and advocates for infrastructure and environmental stewardship.

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