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A dramatic photo of the Habor Freeway near Downtown Los Angeles by Graphics Chief Duncan McIntosh wins award.

by  Jeanne Bonfilio
Issue Date: 07/2007

Photo competition recognizes colleagues and peers who are achieving great things in the transportation field.

The grand prize winner and three category winners were announced this month in the American Association of State Highway Transportation Official’s (AASHTO’s) 2007 “Faces of Transportation” photography contest.   District 7’s own Chief of Graphics Services, Duncan McIntosh, has been named the winner in the “Roadways” category, for his amazing night shot of new concrete barriers installed on the Harbor Freeway (I-110) near Downtown Los Angeles.

One hundred thirty-five entries were received in the competition, which was judged by two-time Pulitzer-Prize-winning photographer Scott Applewhite of the Associated Press.  He was very impressed with McIntosh’s entry, commenting, “This shows the importance of the highway, the transportation system.  Even though it’s getting quiet, it’s nightfall, the earth’s starting to rest, the roadways are alive with people whizzing home on the highways that join the city and the suburbs,” Applewhite said. “Technically and aesthetically, I really like this.”

McIntosh has been a graphic arts professional for years with photography part of his job.  He has displayed his talents at Caltrans since 1980 -- and was promoted to Chief of Graphics Services in 1989.   “I am honored to have received this award and be able to represent our Department,” said McIntosh.  “I am always looking for interesting and exciting photographs to take of our freeways system, especially here in Downtown Los Angeles.  I look forward to next year’s contest and encourage any employee to submit their entries for consideration.”

Each year AASHTO holds a photo contest for the best photos putting people in the picture of the nation's transportation system.  The competition is an opportunity to recognize colleagues and peers who are achieving great things in the transportation field.  The panel judges pictures for overall composition in relation to transportation and inclusion of people.  The winners will be featured on the AASHTO website and at a display at the AASHTO annual meeting.

His beautiful, winning entry has been enlarged to 12’ X 10” and is now mounted on the entry wall inside the new Los Angeles Regional Transportation Management Center (LARTMC) in Eagle Rock for visitors from all over the world to see. 

To view all winners’ entries or for additional information, please visit the AASHTO website at:

Congratulations, Duncan McIntosh!


The enlarged and mounted award winning photo is proudly displayed at the new Los Angeles Regional Transportation Managment Center in Eagle Rock.