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2015 In Focus! Winners

 

​The Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 "In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All" photo contest.  This is the fifth year of the annual event which has become more popular each year.  The goals of the contest are to: further efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses; educate and underscore the importance of safety; foster innovation to create shared solutions; and, achieve community involvement by relying on talent, imagination and creativity to raise awareness of workplace safety and health.

 

All photographs were first reviewed by a committee of DOHS Occupational Health and Safety Specialists.  The photographs which passed the review for “safety” content were then sent on to a panel of NIH professionals which included photographers and graphic design specialists who voted for their top three favorites. 

 

This year, the judges’ votes resulted in a tie for first place between Roger Weidner’s photograph entitled “Hazmat” (Figure 1), a striking image of a worker in a yellow hazmat suit against a red background and the educational teaching tool titled “Find the Difference” (Figure 2) submitted by last year’s winning team of Dr. Amanda Vandeveer (Safety Girl) and Diane Poole.

 

A very close second place was awarded to Bryan Kercher for his unique photograph, “Shop Safety” (Figure 3), taken of a worker cutting plexiglass inside the carpenter shop at the NIH’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana.

 

Never to be left out, the work of Dr. Dale Lewis has once again been recognized for excellence, this year, taking third place for the colorful depiction of a laboratory worker in “Laser Microscope” (Figure 4).  Dr. Lewis has had winning photographs in every "In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All" photo contest, beginning in 2011.


Person in Hazmat uniform using a machine 

Figure 1. 
First Place (Tie): Hazmat 

Submitted by Roger Weidner

Roger said: “Safety is an integral part of hazardous chemical management and proper selection of PPE for any task is crucial. The photo I entered shows a hazmat team at Bldg. 21 searching for radioactive contamination in animal bedding.”


Two women in a laboratory working

Figure 2.

First Place (Tie): Find The Difference

Submitted by Amanda Vandeveer and Diana Poole

Dr. Vandeveer said: “I have a strong interest in promoting laboratory safety and am grateful for the opportunity to do so with the "In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All" Photo Contest.”

Ms. Poole said “It has been a great experience taking pictures with Amanda and helping to find new ways to get the safety message out to people at NIH in new and innovative ways.”


Man working with construction tools 

Figure 3.

Second Place: Shop Safety

Submitted by Bryan Kercher

Mr. Kercher said “Being in and around construction and maintenance activities, we are trained on safety rules and procedures in the various work settings we encounter, so I am always doing my part to look out for unsafe conditions that could lead to injury or loss. In this particular photo
I knew Kevin (Clark) was working on a custom design project in our carpentry shop, and he sets a good example for operating machinery in a safe manner.” 



Women sitting down lookin through an microscope 

Figure 4.

Third Place: Laser Safety

Submitted by Dr. Dale Lewis

Dr. Lewis said “I have always loved photography. It is amazing to capture images and tell stories through photos. I am a member of the NIH Camera Club.” “The photo was taken in the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (LBMB). In the picture,  Dr. Revathy Ramachandran was
visualizing two chromosomes of Vibrio cholerae by using a Nikon Inverted Microscope with a green laser light source.”

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2014 In Focus! Winners

The Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) recently announced the winners of the 2014 "In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All" photo contest. For the fourth year, this contest inspired workers to focus on safety and served as an entertaining way to document workplace safety. It challenged anyone with a passion for photography to capture an image of workplace safety and health and share it with the NIH community. The goals of the contest were to: further efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses; educate and underscore the importance of safety; foster innovation to create shared solutions; and, achieve community involvement by relying on talent, imagination and creativity to raise awareness of workplace safety and health. Final selection of winning photographs was made by a panel of NIH professionals which included graphic design specialists and safety and health professionals.
 
This year, judges awarded first place to Diane Poole and Amanda Vandeveer for their photo entitled, "Biospecimen Inventory" (Figure 1).   Second place also went to an entry submitted by Diane Poole and Amanda Vandeveer for their photograph of a crew of workers demonstrating hardhat safety (Figure 2).  Third place was awarded to Dale Lewis, PhD for his photo demonstrating a fireman wearing appropriate safety gear (Figure 3).
 
Congratulations to these fine photographers for their role in promoting a safe workplace for all at NIH.
Women in a laboratory working on Biospecimen Inventory 
Figure 1.  First Place: Photograph by Diane Poole and Amanda Vandeveer

Three people showing Hardhat Safety 
Figure 2.  Second Place: Photograph by Diane Poole and Amanda Vandeveer
 
Firefighter 

Figure 3.  Third Place Photograph by Dale Lewis, PhD


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In Focus! 2013 Winners

The Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) recently announced the winners of the 2013 "In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All" photo contest. For the third year, this contest inspired workers to focus on safety and served as an entertaining way to document workplace safety.  It challenged anyone with a passion for photography to capture an image of workplace safety and health and share it with the NIH community. The goals of the contest were to: further efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses; educate and underscore the importance of safety; foster innovation to create shared solutions; and, achieve community involvement by relying on talent, imagination and creativity to raise awareness of workplace safety and health. 

Final selection of winning photographs was made by a panel of NIH professionals which included graphic design specialists from the Division of Medical Arts and the Managing Editor of the NIH Catalyst.

This year, judges awarded first place to Dale Lewis, PhD, Staff Scientist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for his photo which featured a laboratory workplace and two employees wearing protective equipment and following safety procedures (Figure 1). Second place also went to an entry submitted by Dr. Lewis for his photograph of a crew of workers washing windows at the new addition to the Porter Neuroscience Research Center Building (Figure 2).  Third place was awarded to two NCI employees, Diane Poole and Amanda Lyon for their innovative, comic-strip style portrayal of “Safety Girl” (Figure 3).

On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, the winners were formally recognized for their outstanding contributions to promoting workplace safety throughout the NIH community at the Quarterly IC Safety Chair Committee Meeting.  The Deputy Director of the DOHS, Herbert Jacobi was the emcee of the ceremony and awards were presented by the Director of the Office of Research Services, Alfred C. Johnson, PhD. (Figures 4 and 5).

Congratulations to these fine photographers for their role in promoting a safe workplace for all at NIH.


Researchers working in a laboratory  

Figure 1.  First Place: Photograph by Dr. Dale Lewis, PhD. 

 

 Men working on fixing a building

Figure 2.  Second Place.  Photograph by Dale Lewis, PhD.
Girl showing how to work safely in a laboratory 
Figure 3.  Third Place.  Photograph by Diane Poole and Amanda Lyon. 

Two men standing up, holding an award 

 Figure 4.  Director of the Office of Research Services, Alfred C. Johnson, PhD (left) and first and second place recipient, Dale Lewis, PhD (right).

two women and a man standing up, holding an award

Figure 5.  Third place winners Amanda Lyon (left) and Diane Poole (right) received awards from Office of Research Services Director, Alfred C. Johnson, PhD (center).


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In Focus! 2012 Winners

Drawing of a camera taking a photo of the phase "In Focus!  Safe Workplaces for All"

2012 “In-Focus! Safe Workplaces for All” Photo Contest Winners Announced!

 

Three contest winners announced.

 

The Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) announced the winners of the second annual "In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All" photo contest. 

 

The first place honors were given to Howard “Wes” Hickman, administrative staff at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), for his photograph of Towanda Carroll (Figure 1). 

 

There was a tie for second place between Mr. Hickman and Dale Lewis, PhD, Staff Scientist at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for two construction-related photographs (Figures 2 and 3, respectively).

 

Third place was awarded to Dr. Samarendra Singh, a visiting research fellow working under Dr. Martin Gilbert at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

 

On Thursday, February 14th, Dr. Deborah Wilson, Director of the DOHS, formally recognized the contest winners and expressed great gratitude for their outstanding contributions to promoting workplace safety throughout the NIH community.  Winning photos appear on the monthly DOHS “Eye on Safety” Newsletter posted on AHEALTHYSAFENIH@LIST.NIH.GOV at and will be used in upcoming safety posters and pamphlets.


Congratulations to these photographers for their role in promoting a safe workplace for all at the NIH.


person wearing safety goggles on their eyes
 

Figure 1.  First Place: Photograph by Howard Hickman 
Construction worker using a tool to work on a building  
Figure 2.  Second Place (tie): Photograph by Howard Hickman
a hand holding a man by a rope in the air 
Figure 3.  Second Place (tie): Photograph by Dr. Dale Lewis
 Man working in a laboratory
Figure 4.  Third Place: Photograph by Dr. Samarenda Singh
 
three men standing up while holding pictures

Figure 5. The 2012 “In-Focus! Safe Workplaces for All” Photo Contest Winners (Left to Right): Dr. Samarendra Singh, Dr. Dale Lewis and Mr. Howard “Wes” Hickman.

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In Focus! 2011 Winners

The National Institutes of Health, Office of Research Services, Division of Occupational Health and Safety is pleased to announce the winners of the "In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All" photo contest!

 

Thank you to all who submitted  their images of workplace safety and health.  The "In Focus! Safe Workplaces for All" photo contest challenged NIH employees with a passion for photography to capture an image of workplace safety and health and share it with DOHS.  This contest motivated workers to keep an eye on safety and served as an entertaining way to document achievements.  It challenged anyone with a passion for photography to capture an image of workplace safety and health and share it with the Office of Research Services (ORS), Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS).  The overall goal of the contest was to further efforts to reduce personal injuries and illnesses; educate and underscore the importance of safety; foster innovation to create shared solutions; and achieve community involvement by relying on talent, imagination and creativity to raise awareness of workplace safety and health. 

 

Congratulations to the winning photographers for their role in promoting a safe workplace for all at NIH.  

Winners

1st Place
Submitted and Photographed by Daniel Appella
 Lab workers in laboratory workplace settings wearing proper personal protective equipment

 2nd Place

Submitted by Dale Lewis (subject), Photo by Amlanjyoti Dhar

Lab worker in laboratory workplace settings wearing proper personal protective equipment 

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