ITD launches contest for all employees
June 21 - Sept. 6

Ever been out on a beautiful Idaho highway, sealing a crack or filling in a pothole and think you have the best workplace?

That’s the prime moment for a photo.

Photos are power. They convey meaning without words and capture moments for eternity.

They also drive engagement on social media, where more than 3.48 billion people go to every day to get the news and to stay connected to friends.

ITD has been on social media since 2009, and today we have 24,000 followers.

In February and March alone, ITD added 4,627 of those followers. We made that big jump by sharing  photos and videos of avalanches, elk and mudslides.

Much of that gain can be attributed to photos sent in by employees and shared online. And don’t underestimate the value of a “pretty” picture—they can be paired with safety messages, information on ITD standard operations and updates on planned and unplanned closures.

To continue to expand ITD’s reach to the public, the Office of Communication is launching a summertime photography contest for all employees that will run from June 21-Sept. 6.

Contest Rules:
• Employees may enter up to five entries each week showcasing either a work activity or job site. Entries can
also be beauty shots.
• Entries must be taken within the contest timeframe.
• There are no limits as to what kind of camera you may use.
• The file should be named as follows: ContestantName_LocationDetails_ActivityName_Date
Location details could include milepost, route, town, etc.
• Photos will remain anonymous during judging.
• Send photos via email to public information specialists (listed below); Headquarters counts as its own district; if you are assigned to
more than one district, submit to the district where you work the most.
• Email subject should be labeled as: Photo Contest - Contestant Name
• While there is no specific grading criteria, photos will be judged on more than just subject matter - composition and overall quality will also be factors.
• Remember, entries may be used for any ITD communication - board reports, the Annual Report, social-media posts, and other documents.

Submit your photo to your public information specialist:
- Reed Hollinshead - ITD Headquarters
(ITD Headquarters includes everyone primarily based in Boise, but not District 3)
- Megan Sausser - Districts 1 and 2
- Jake Melder - District 3
- Jessica Williams - District 4
- Megan Stark - Districts 5 and 6

Volunteer judges will help pick the best photo from their district to send to the final round, which will be judged by the Office of Communication. One winner will be chosen.

One participant will be named the Top Photog, with the winner gifted a personal license plate from the Division of Motor Vehicles, Office of Highway Safety swag and prominent placement in ITD communications.

To see the photos we’re already sharing, visit our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter pages. If you don’t see a recent photo from your district…that is a great sign to start snapping away!

Published 06-14-19