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March 2019

2019 IBEW Photo Contest

The IBEW's 2019 Photo Contest results are official, and thousands of you weighed in on, Instagram and Facebook.

Submissions came in the hundreds from across North America. They featured IBEW members at work, at play and everything in between, reminding us just what it means to be a member of the greatest union in the world.

This year's top prizes depict individuals at work both below the earth's surface and high above it. Third place pictures an IBEW line crew's work literally, and artfully, reflected in that surface.

As always, the winners were chosen by your votes. Congratulations to all of them on their outstanding work.


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First Place

This year's winner comes from deep underground, where third-year apprentice Natalie Anaya captured this hero shot of journeyman wireman Ron Torres preparing for work. The Local 11 pair work for signatory contractor Dynalectric on Metro LA's Regional Connector, which will expand and connect Los Angeles' sprawling rail system through downtown by 2022.



Natalie Anaya
Los Angeles Local 11

Second Place

Bridge work isn't for those with a fear of heights. But Local 99 journeyman wiremen Chris Manzotti and Paul Hallam (pictured) were up to the task when changing bulbs atop the Newport Bridge in preparation for its 50th anniversary celebration.



Chris Manzotti
Providence, R.I., Local 99

Third Place

Sometimes a great photo comes from simply noticing what others don't, and journeyman lineman Adam Brinkman proved the point with this shot of a day's work reflected in a puddle of water. The Local 483 member works for Tacoma Power.



Adam Brinkman
Tacoma, Wash., Local 483

Honorable Mention

Manhattan's Labor Day parade is an annual tradition for the Local 3 motorcycle club. Journeyman wireman Emanuel Yllescas captured this unique perspective during a pause in the action.



Emanuel Yllescas
New York Local 3

Honorable Mention

Second-year apprentice Desiree Bates caught this San Diego sunrise behind Local 569 journeyman wireman Dwight Faulkner as the pair prepared to run conduit – an inspiring way to start the day.


Desiree Bates
San Diego Local 569

Look for the launch of 2020's IBEW Photo Contest in May's Electrical Worker and on We can't wait to see what our members are up to in the year ahead.