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Steel Shots: Big Lift III Photo Contest Winners
Posted by Tasha Weiss on May 27, 2011 at 9:44 AM.


“Going Up in the Fog,” a photo taken by Gerard Plauche of Metairie, La., was voted the People’s Choice Winner in the Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project’s Big Lift III Photo Contest. The third and final Big Lift occurred on Saturday, April 9, 2011. Fans voted for their favorite photos on Huey P Bridge’s Facebook page at


In addition to the People’s Choice winner, a panel of project officials and a member of the New Orleans Photo Alliance chose these photos as Judges’ Choice Award winners:


Overall Award of Excellence: Viven Balsomo of Metairie, La., for a series of photos that captured emotion, people and construction in a thoughtful way (Click on the links to view the photos).
1. Down Memory Bridge
2. The Talk of the Town
3. Jeffrey Bradley in Action


Award of Merit:
Perspective, photographed by Josh LeFebvre of New Orleans.

Purple Haze, photographed by Lucille Upchurch-Noote of River Ridge, La.


The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) and Louisiana TIMED Managers (LTM) launched the Big Lift III Photo Contest to help commemorate the Huey P. Long Bridge Widening Project’s third and last bridge segment lift. For additional background about the project, check out our previous Steel in the News post here.

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