Congratulations to the third annual ENR photo contest winners, whose images are brought to you in the pages of this issue.

ENR readers submitted photos of people and projects from all over the world taken in the past year. One firm held an internal contest to select its entries and placed two among our winners. Margaret Austin, who handled the photo submissions from Webcor Builders, San Mateo, Calif., got about 30 responses from her request for submissions. "We had a lot of funny ones, and then some were great and very interesting. It was the ones that had the ‘ahh’ factor...the ones that speak a story...that we really liked," she says.

Skip Pennington, special projects coordinator in charge of Web and graphics design at Brasfield & Gorrie, Birmingham, Ala., says his company sets a high value on good photography. This year, "we made an extra effort to get more construction shots, in-progress shots and images of people working on the site that show the juxtaposition of materials, people and the size of things," he explains.

An all-new panel of judges selected the best of the submissions to ENR for the photo essay. Andrew Popper, associate photo editor at Business Week and Beth Broome, managing editor of Architectural Record joined Tom Sawyer, ENR associate editor and a former photography teacher, and Susan Pearsall, ENR associate art director, on the panel of judges. "It brought back my early days shooting as the staff photographer for Otis Elevator," said Popper.

ENR Associate Editor Tudor Hampton, an avid photojournalist, interviewed three of the winning photographers for the story. "I was surprised by the diversity of backgrounds of the photographers and how humble they are. But the work displayed in this issue shows what an important role they play in capturing the art of our industry."

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