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Alaska Railroad announces photo contest finalists, begins online voting for grandprize winner

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January 03, 2019
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2018
Alaska Railroad announces finalists of Catch the Train Photo Contest, 
online voting for grandprize winner begins
Twelve photos from 11 Railroad fans in the running for top prize
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Today, the Alaska Railroad announced the finalists of its Catch the Train Photo Contest, all of whom will be featured in the Railroad’s 12-month 2020 calendar. Voting is now open to the public via the Alaska Railroad Facebook page to choose the grandprize winner, who will receive the honor of the Alaska Railroad calendar’s cover, $1,500 and the Railroad’s Denali Getaways package. This package includes round-trip rail travel for four to Denali National Park and overnight accommodations at the Grande Denali Lodge. 
The contest finalists are: 
   Sara Bufkin of Cleveland, Mississippi
   Theodore Dickerson of Anchorage, Alaska
   Joanie Havenner of Anchorage, Alaska 
   Sarah Ann Loreth of Nashua, New Hampshire
   Justin Low of Chapel Hill, North Carolina 
   Jessica Mears of Manhattan, Kansas
   Ian Mercuieff of Anchorage, Alaska
   Nandini Prabhakar of Round Rock, Texas
   Susanna Shanker of Eagle River, Alaska
   Riley Stefano of Boston, Massachusetts 
   John Warn of Morrison, Colorado
These photos were selected based on artistic merit, originality, subject and style. In addition to having their photo featured as a month of the upcoming calendar, the finalists will have their photo displayed in the Alaska Railroad’s 2019 Panoramas onboard magazine and receive rail travel for two on the trip of their choice.
Online voting is open now through Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, and can be accessed through a tab on the Alaska Railroad Facebook page ( The grandprize winner will be announced on or around Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.
For additional information about the Alaska Railroad’s Catch the Train Photo Contest, visit
Media contact:
Stephanie Plieness, Thompson & Co. PR
Heather Haffener
(907) 561-4488