2021 Photo Contest Winners Announced

GBA is committed to promoting the value of geoprofessionals and for our 2021 photo contest we asked Members to share: “How do you depict the day in the life of a Geoprofessional?”

With over 90 photos submitted this year, the pride of geoprofessionals was on full display.

We think you will agree, these vibrant photos capture our members in field activities, meeting with colleagues and clients, and observing safety in some amazing locations.

All winners’ photos will be featured on our website and during the 2021 Fall Conference in October. Thank you to all who submitted photos.

And the winners are:

Grand Prize Winner

Photographer: Luke Ducey (Geotechnolology)
 Description: Drilling piers for the St. Louis Arch Grounds early morning. Museum renovation and expansion. Downtown, St. Louis, Missouri.
Congratulations Luke Ducey . Luke will receive a $100 gift card, Grand Prize winner’s plaque and be recognized during GBA’s 2021 Fall Conference.







Overall Runner Up:

Photographer: James “Jim” Potts, EIT (DOWL)                                                                         

Description: DOWL Geologist, Paul Pribyl performs peat probes in a wetland along the proposed Sterling Highway MP 45 to 60 Project. Jim will receive a plaque, $50 gift card and be recognized during GBA’s 2021 Fall Conference.




Overall Second Runner Up:


 Photographer: Paul Glasser, CPG (SME)

Description: Barton Malow/Homrich demolishing former Premier Parking Deck to make way for new skyscraper at the former J.L. Hudson’s Site. Hardman Construction installing  additional bracing/rehabilitating existing tiebacks. Paul will receive certificate, $50 gift card and be recognized during GBA’s 2021 Fall Conference.




Geotechnical Category Winner:

Photographer: David A. Belcher, P.E.   (Terracon)

Description: A 60-inch diameter auger drilling into bearing material (gray shale) for a bridge crossing a shallow creek onsite.

Amazon DDX3 site at DFW Airport Dallas/Fort Worth, TX.





Environmental Category Winner:

Photographer: Eric Nunn, P.E. (Inberg-Miller Engineers)
Description: Inberg-Miller Engineers performed an environmental and geotechnical investigation at a proposed commercial development in Casper, Wyoming.IME advanced 12 test borings at the proposed site and collected soil samples.





Construction Materials Testing and Inspection Category Winner:


Photographer: Travis Wambeke, P.E., P.G. (GeoProfessional Innovation)
Description: Early morning Concrete placement; this crew amassed at 3am, 500+ cy concrete slab placement, the future home of a 155,000+ ft2 manufacturing facility.

Safe Working Practices Winner:   


Photographer: Luke Ducey (Geotechnology)
Description: Wearing a beekeeper’s hat as PPE to try and avoid  getting stung by wasps that made nests in well caps while sampling groundwater.







Client Collaboration Category Winner:

 Photographer: Ennis Smith (SME)
Description: Ean White explaining Army Corp DCP results and hand auger findings at                                                                                            the I-75 project on Corporate Drive in Troy, Michigan.




General Interest Category Winner:

Photographer: Courtney Leigh Newcity (ECS Southeast, LLP)                                                                         
Description: Courtney, a geotechnical engineer loves to explore places before they are built on. This is one of her series of photos called “Abandoned Georgia”.








Thank you to all who submitted photographs and to the photo contest selection committee:

Saiid Behbodi, P.E., G.E. (PBS)
Jeremy L. Larsen (Kleinfelder)
James Landrum, P.E. (Ollson)
Sara Menase (GBA)
Lindsay Pearsall, CPC, CTS (Aspect Consulting)
Mitch H. Quick, P.E.(STRATA)
Jeff Stewart (O’Neill Service Group)