2016 Ammann Awards Still Being Taken

Alte Burgauer Brücke in Jena, Germany. Photo taken in June, 2016
Alte Burgauer Brücke in Jena, Germany. Photo taken in June, 2016

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Since the start of September, the Bridgehunter’s Chronicles has been taking entries for this year’s Othmar H. Ammann Awards. The early entries have to do with two events we are commemorating. The first one is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Register of Historic Places and 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The Chronicles has been doing an interview series on this topic, which is ongoing but you can read about the people interviewed below:

Christopher Marston of HABS-HAER-HALS

Amy Squitieri of Mead and Hunt

Paul Loether of the National Park Service

It also marked the fifth anniversary of the Ammann Awards. To celebrate, a Hall of Fame will be created, where historic bridges and people will be inducted. More on that to come when the voting commences in January.

The Bridgehunter’s Chronicles is still taking entries for this year’s Ammann Awards. Between now and 1 December, 2016 at 12:00 Central Standard Time, you have a chance to submit your best entries in the categories of Best Photo, Best Kept Secret, Lifetime Achievement, Best Example of a Restored Historic Bridge and Mystery Bridge. More details on how to enter can be found here. Please send your entries to Jason Smith via e-mail at: flensburg.bridgehunter.av@googlemail.com.  The contest is open for all bridges and pontists in the US as well as Europe and elsewhere, as the Ammann Awards will feature  American and International Divisions.

Voting will proceed in December, right after the entries are closed. The format will be the same, using Poll Daddy as the platform for voting. However, a pair of minor changes taking place will include the following:

  1. Entries of bridge photos and galleries of bridges in regions per social network (including facebook) are welcomed. Please include the city/region, name of each bridge and some information on each one. Links will be provided when the ballots are created.
  2. Links to bridges in cities and other regions are welcomed. You don’t need to write a tour guide about it, just send the link with a short summary which will be included in the ballot.

In case of any further questions, please contact Jason Smith and he’ll be happy to assist you. In the meantime, happy bridgehunting and we’re looking forward to your entries.

While you are finding some bridges to enter, here’s a little source of inspiration by looking at the tour of the bridges in Zwickau, Germany, where the author was at a few weeks ago. Some nice unique bridges have placed this city on the ballot in the category of Best Kept Secret in the International Division. Check this link out. 


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