Gainey Driver Is Picture Perfect

February 11, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — When Jim Wallace’s wife suggested he set up a photograph of his truck contrasted against the splendor of a heavily wooded area at the peak of the fall color season — he listened.

And it was a good thing he did.

Wallace was the grand prizewinner of the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) fifth annual photo contest. For his photo, which shows the beauty of the fall foliage with a sea of gold and yellow leaves surrounding the truck, Wallace won $1,000 and had the pleasure of seeing the photo grace the cover of TCA’s 2001-02 Annual Report.

Working for Gainey for almost 14 years, Wallace snapped the photo while on his way to work from his home in Fremont near the end of October 2001.

He said the photo is a reflection of how much he enjoys his job as well as his hobby of photography.

“During everyday life as you pass by, there are these opportunities to catch things like this and I was lucky to catch this image,” said Wallace.

He added that the day after he and his wife took several photos at different areas along the road to capture different colors, it rained and most of the leaves were washed away.

“I was just in the right place at the right time,” Wallace said. “It was great timing.”

The contest itself is designed to recognize drivers who are also talented amateur photographers and is open to truck drivers who are currently employed with or leased to a trucking company.

TCA is particularly interested in shots featuring the truckload segment of the trucking industry; however, all shots that are submitted are considered.

Creativity is always welcome and photos may include standard truck shots, action photos, pictures involving a truck and kids and pets, close-ups of truck parts, views of the road or depictions of life on the road such as truck stops, loading docks, weigh stations, etc.

Wallace used the latest technology for his photo by scanning the photo into his computer and making a digital image that he could print out and also copy onto a disk, he said. The process was something that was useful in submitting it to the contest and saving a copy for his personal use.

TCA is currently holding its sixth annual photo contest and will accept photos until March 28. More information on this year’s contest, as well as information and the photos of past winners, are available on TCA’s Web site at

Prizes are $1,000 for the grand prize, $750 for second place, $500 for third, $100 for fourth, fifth and sixth places, and $50 for each honorable mention, up to four.

While Wallace will continue with his hobby, he hasn’t yet settled on a photo for this year’s contest.

“I think I am going to sift through some of the pictures I have already taken and see if there is anything,” said Wallace. “Or if something catches my eye I could always be in the right place at the right time again.”

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