2014 "Historic Railroads of Georgia" photography contest


Congratulations to Mark Miller of Jasper, whose photo of this bridge near Tate was chosen by our judges as the winner of our contest! It's an interesting photograph of a seldom-seen resource that reflects the local quarrying industry.


Chosen by our Facebook followers as the "People's Choice" winner, the above photo was taken by Robert Brackett of East Point.  It depicts a steel thru-truss bridge over the Toccoa River south of McCaysville.

All contest entries are viewable here.  Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo!  Stay tuned next year for an entirely new theme.


Macon's Terminal Station, as seen in a historic postcard, was built in 1916 and is Georgia's largest surviving railroad station.

The "Historic Railroads of Georgia" photography contest seeks photos of historic buildings or structures associated with the railroad industry in Georgia.  This is the Historic Preservation Division's 5th-annual online photo contest, held to coincide with National Preservation Month in May.  The contest is held in partnership with RailGA.com, an encyclopedic resource on the state's railroad history.  Submitted photos may be used (with credit) to provide updated imagery for the site.  Entries will be posted to our Facebook page here as they are received.

Georgia's railroad industry dates back to the 1830s, and by the 1850s the state had more rail miles than any other in the "Deep South."  The rail network spans the state and has played a key role in shaping its history and growth.  Along with the construction of many miles of rail came a vast collection of supporting infrastructure: depots, office buildings, shops, signal towers, bridges, tunnels, and more.  Many of these resources survive today.

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts based on creativity, choice of subject matter, and composition.   Submitted photos must depict historic resources associated with the railroad industry in Georgia.   This includes depots and other buildings as well as structures like bridges or tunnels.  RailGA.com maintains a comprehensive list of depots here.

The top entry will receive the following prizes:

  • A copy of The Courthouse and the Depot by Wilber W. Caldwell, a narrative catalog of Georgia’s nineteenth century public architecture and a complete history of the hundreds of rural railroad lines that covered the state in this period.
  • A copy of O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line.  Link's pioneering night photography documented the Norfolk and Western Railway as it converted its operations from steam to diesel in the late 1950s.

Submit your photos via email to georgiashpo@gmail.com.  Limit two submissions per photographer. Submissions must be received by May 25, 2014.

Photos must:

  • Be 1200x800 pixels at 300 ppi (pixels per inch) or larger.
  • Be your original work, submitted under a Creative Commons license.

Along with the photograph, please provide the following information:

  • Photographer and hometown
  • Photo location and description of the building or site depicted

Winners will be announced in a press release and on the HPD website and Facebook page.  Entries will be posted on our Facebook page here as they are received.  A slideshow of contest entries will be shown on Thursday, May 29 at Rhodes Hall in Atlanta as part of the free Preservation Month Lecture Series.  Details will be posted here as they become available.

Contact Media & Communications Coordinator Charlie Miller with any questions - 404-651-5287 or charlie.miller@dnr.state.ga.us.

A printable flyer (PDF) is available here.