2020 Photo Contest: Rural Transit Heros


Some heroes wear capes . . . and others wear masks.


5/21/20 -- Do you know a someone who has gone above and beyond to make sure their passengers travel safely and comfortably in all situations?  An individual who has spurred innovations to help rural and tribal transit agencies overcome challenges and find new solutions?  A person who has helped provide essential transportation or delivery of vital resources during the COVID-19 pandemic? Somebody who has played a leadership role in curbing human trafficking, addressing the opioid crisis, or helping other vulnerable populations through transit?  All these heroes deserve to be commended and celebrated, so the theme of our 2020 Photo Contest is “Rural Transit Heroes.”


Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA) Driver

Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency (HIRTA) Driver Jim Eitel



First Prize: $400, Second Prize: $200, Third Prize: $100

All entries, including honorable mentions, will also receive plaques.  Entries will be showcased on our website and social media, tweeted at our #RuralTransitHeroes Twitter Chat in October 2020, and displayed at one or more upcoming conferences.


Judging Criteria

  • Photo quality
  • Artistic design
  • Originality
  • Creative depiction of a true Rural Transit Hero


Submission Process

  • Send up to four photos to info@nationalrtap.org by August 20, 2020
  • Photos must be in .jpeg format
  • Label each photo as: Photographer’sName_TransitAgency_Hero’sName
  • Photos must be accompanied by a photo release form