All Rail Photo Contest

The Trainfest All Rail Photo contest is returning for its second year!

Do you have great rail (model or life size) photos you would like to share? Submit them now!

All Rail Photo Contest

This photo contest is open to all amateur photographers. (No professionals, please.) Students are encouraged to participate. Winning and non-winning photos will be displayed both days at Trainfest. Amateur photographers age 5 to 105 can enter! As long as you can operate a camera, you are eligible to enter the contest. Participants can enter up to 10 photos in the contest (one photo per category). Every photo MUST be entered under the name of the person who took it. Photos must be the participant’s original work.


*Photographs that are deemed more appropriate for a different category can and will be transferred.


This would be the same as the general category but the railroad we are celebrating for the current year would have to be identified in the photo. ex. For 2018 the photo would have to be of the Great Northern Railway.


This includes any and all types of Diesel Locomotives


This would be all aspects of anything having to do with railroading. ex. any of the above categories, a stack of wheels, a washout with sagging track anything that catches your eye. (You could have an entry of a box car in the General category and a different box car in the Rolling Stock)


This includes all aspects of a model railroad layout


This includes any and all passenger cars


This would include anything on the rails that does not make money


This includes Railroad personnel doing their jobs


This includes any and all types of revenue cars


This would include any type of building, tower, track, or switch stand. Anything RR related that does not roll on the track


This could also include stationary steam engines, for example a steam donkey

Show Off Your Photography Skills


What does an award-winning photograph look like? It can range from an captivating portrait of a railroad employee to a moon-drenched landscape to movement captured at just the right time. Our All Rail Photo Contest is now open for submissions, and we’re looking for the best of the best.

Rules and Requirements

All entries will require a $1, nonrefundable processing fee. The entry blank, fee and photograph(s) must be delivered or postmarked by Sept. 29, 2018. All shipping charges must be prepaid to Mercury Communication Partners, LLC, or the package will not be accepted. The photographs must meet the photo requirements. Incomplete or improper entries will be returned. The judging will take place in October 21, 2018. Photographs that are deemed more appropriate for a different category can and will be transferred.

All entries must be printed in 8-inch by 10-inch format with a 1 inch black border and mounted on a 10-inch by 12-inch foam board. The black border can be a 10-inch by 12-inch piece of black construction paper that has been glued to the foam board. The entry must come ready to hang with a piece of string or wire hot glued to the back of the foam board. Entries can be vertical or horizontal depending on what better suits the photograph. Photographs not meeting the size, border and mounting requirements will be disqualified.

Check Out the Past Winners

We had a great response to the very first Trainfest All Rail Photo contest in 2017. Click below to view a gallery of the winners.