NOAA 200th Celebration Photo Contest Winners

To help commemorate NOAA’s 200th anniversary in 2007, NOAA sponsored the NOAA 200th Celebration Photo Contest.  The purpose of the contest was to collect images taken throughout NOAA to honor its visual heritage and to expand its image library. All NOAA employees, contractors, and interns were encouraged to submit photos emphasizing the great things that the people at NOAA do and what they encounter.  Over 1,800 photos were judged in the following categories:

NOAA People in Action

Images that highlight NOAA people in action and doing what they do best.

A Day in the Life of NOAA

Images that highlight or depict the things, places, people, and sights NOAA people encounter as they work to protect our nation and its resources.

NOAA’s Strange and Unusual

Images that show the strange and unusual things, places, or equipment NOAA encounters.

Winning photos in each category are featured on this Web site, and will appear in brochures and on display at events commemorating NOAA's 200th anniversary throughout 2007.


Bert Fox

Bert Fox joined National Geographic Magazine as an illustrations editor in 1996. His honors include being named “Picture Editor of the Year” five times by the University of Missouri in its annual competition. He is also the director of photography for Julia Dean’s “Child Labor and the Global Village: Photography for Social Change,” a multi-year documentary project exploring the complex issues behind child labor.

Leena Jayaswal

Leena Jayaswal is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC. She is head of the photography concentration, where she teaches photography, video, fine arts, and theory classes. She has also lectured on radical media internationally. Her film, “An Impression: Dischord Records,” has been screened in many juried film festivals around the country. Her slides are a part of the collection of the Asian American Arts Centre in New York. She has worked for famed photographer, Mary Ellen Mark, and with the Sandra Berler Gallery for many years.

Rick Steele

Rick Steele has lived and worked all over the world including such countries as France, Japan, and Madagascar. He holds undergraduate degrees in International Studies and French from Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master’s degree in Journalism/ Photojournalism from American University in Washington, DC. He received his formal wedding and portrait training at Bachrach Photography Studios in Manhattan, New York, and works as a photographer for various news organizations including United Press International, ZUMA Press International, and the Washington Post Company. He has owned and operated his own studio in Arlington, Virginia, since 2000.