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2011 Civil War Trust Photo Contest Winners

(Washington, DC) – The Civil War Trust, the nation’s largest nonprofit
organization dedicated to protecting the hallowed ground of Civil War
battlefields, is pleased to announce the winners of its 15th annual
photography contest, a competition cosponsored by History™, and the Center
for Civil War Photography.

View the 2011 Photo Contest Winners
Civil War Trust on Flickr

See all 2,000 Entries. These modern shutterbugs are following in the
footsteps of Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner and others whose work made
the Civil War the first major conflict to be extensively documented by
photojournalists. But unlike their predecessors in the 1860s, today’s
photographers were able to take advantage of 21st century technology,
submitting their digital images online through the photo-sharing website

“When I visit a Civil War battlefield — particularly now, during the war’s
150th anniversary — I am humbled, knowing the history that happened on the
ground beneath my feet,” said Trust president Jim Lighthizer. “These
extraordinarily talented men and women have been able to capture the
solemnity and beauty of these sites. I truly thank them for sharing these
stirring images with us.”

The 2011 edition of the contest saw a record number of entries — more than
2,000 in total — leaving judges the difficult task of selecting a Grand
Prize winner, as well as first- through third-place recognitions in six
categories: Civil War Battlefields, showcasing the solemn and scenic
landscapes of these hallowed grounds; High School, highlighting the
talents of our next generation of history lovers; People on Civil War
Battlefields, focusing on visitors young and old enjoying their time on
the battlefield; Preservation Threats, illustrating the grave threats
faced by many Civil War battlefields and historic sites; Sesquicentennial –
1861, featuring the events and personalities of 150 years ago; and Then
and Now, contrasting early images of Civil War battlefields with the same
sites today. A People’s Choice winner was also selected in online voting.
This year’s grand prize winner is Andy House of Fort Mill, S.C., for his
photo, “A Moment of Silence” taken as dawn broke on the 150th anniversary
of that battle. He will receive complimentary registration to the Trust’s
2012 annual conference in Richmond, Va.

All category honorees will receive plaques commemorating the award and
will have their images appear in various Trust printed and digital media.
First-place winners will also receive a one year membership or membership
extension in the organization. Additionally, the winner of the Then and
Now category received free registration to the Center for Civil War
Photography’s 2012 “Image of War Seminar.”

Civil War Battlefields: Paula Mansfield of Kearneysville, W.V.,
for “Antietam Landscape – Early Morning Fog”; Amber Ard of Horse Cave,
Ky., for “Bittersweet Scene”; and Jack Clark of Wildwood, Mo., for “Fort
Pulaski Battlefield – Heavy Gun.”

High School: Josh Gutmaker of Jamesville- DeWitt High School in
Jamesville, N.Y., for “The Firefighters”; Picture ’em Photography
for “Firing”; and Josh Gutmaker for “Stony Hill.”

People on Civil War Battlefields: Tad Sattler of East Hampton, Conn.,
for “Tale of the 71st PA”; Craig Weeks of Fleming Island, Fla.,
for “Olustee Young Gun”; and David DeGuire of Brandon, Miss., for “Cannon
in Vicksburg 2011.”

Preservation Threats: Mike Talplacido of Houston, Texas, for “Main Trench,
Franklin”; Kathy Demshak for “Battle of the Bottles”; and Kisha Tracy of
Firchburg, Mass., for “Gettysburg National Military Park.”

Sesquicentennial – 1861: David DeGuire of Brandon, Miss., for “Cannon
Firing on Fort Sumter”; Reed George of Ashburn, Va., for “Henry House”;
and Joanne Hunter of Manassas, Va.,for “Horse Artillery.”

Then & Now: Michael Epstein of Prairie Village, Kan., for “Pittsburgh
Landing, Shiloh”; Tommy Kays of Richland, Mo., for “Ray House at Wilson’s
Creek”; and Jeremy Neufeld of Olney, Md., for “Tunnel Hill, Missionary

People’s Choice: Joanne Hunter of Manassas, Va., for “Horse Artillery.”
Winning images can be viewed online at To
browse all of the images submitted to the contest, visit the Trust’s page
on Flickr, Additional images will be added to
this group throughout the year. Information on how to enter the 2012
contest will be available in April.

The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation
organization in the United States. Its mission is to preserve our
nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of
these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has preserved nearly 30,000
acres of battlefield in 20 states. Learn more at, the
home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.

(To learn more about the Civil War Trust photo contest and see past
winners, visit

Respectfully submitted,
Alice J. Gayley

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