Leased operator wins photo contest

Alan Dunham captured this shot in Oklahoma.

This sunset, witnessed “at the trailing edge of what were tornado-like forces running across Oklahoma on July 5, 2010,” says the photographer, owner-operator Alan Dunham, leased to C.R. England, “is one of many fond memories I’ve been blessed with during my short time as an over-the-road driver.”

Dunham, an avid photographer who’s been leased with C.R. England for four years, had sat out threatening high winds, rain and hail before the storm passed. He said he “was fortunate to have a camera at hand as this beautiful sunset made a brief appearance and then quickly faded into the night.”

Dunham’s shot wins Truckers News’ March “Fuel Islands” photo contest. He receives a copy of Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Shutter Speed, as well as publication in the May edition of the magazine.

The 53-year-old says he always runs with “one or two cameras in the truck. I’ve been doing photography my whole life, ever since I was a little kid.”

Formerly a small-business owner in groceries, Dunham turned to trucking a few years ago and says he’s found his calling running refrigerated freight in his 2009 Volvo VN780. “As tough as this industry is, [C.R.] England has definitely delivered. I can’t complain about anything – except if you can complain about being too busy. I got myself in a really good niche, and I’m really happy. I really enjoy it. Life’s been very good to me.”
April photo contest: Night photography
April’s contest, hosted via Truckers News’ group – — asks for drivers’ best night photography. See the discussion area of the group site for full entry rules. The April prize, in addition to publication in the June edition of Truckers News, is a copy of Harold Davis’ Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques, for help with indoor and low-light subjects.

To enter the April contest:
1. Join The Photographer: Truckers News Photo Group by logging in to, creating a personal account (if you’re not already registered) and joining the group at
2. Post your appropriately themed, high-resolution (around 1,500 by 900 pixels at a minimum will be needed for publication in the magazine) photo to the group pool by midnight of April 30. (Alternately, you may email to Todd Dills at [email protected] if you’re having difficulty posting.)
3. Send an email with your full name, location/mailing address and your trucking business’ profile in brief (who you drive for or whether you run on your own authority as an owner-operator, etc.) to Todd Dills at [email protected] — include “photo contest” in the subject line and a link to the original Flickr location of your entered picture as well. You may enter up to three pictures on the theme.