Thanks to our Fire Photo Experts

We assembled an excellent panel of judges, people with years of photography experience, and we made sure that fire safety experts evaluated the photos. We appreciate the time and skill that our panel members gave to this effort! The panel included:

2011 Photography Judges

Keith Riggs is an award-winning photographer, radio-television producer, and video director-editor. He has taught at the U.S. Air Force Photo School and Oregon State University. His work has appeared in numerous publications and television programs such as Aviation Progress, CBS Morning News, and NCAA Films. During his career he has worked with notables including The Oak Ridge Boys, actor Steve Martin, science fiction legend Gene Roddenberry, two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling, NBA greats A.C. Green and Gary Payton, and outdoor personalities Curt Gowdy and Jack Dennis. He is currently a Public Affairs Officer with the Forest Service’s Office of Communication in Washington, D.C.

Dennis Neitzke is the District Ranger of the Gunflint Ranger District, Superior National Forest. He’s held several positions as a forestry technician, forester and wildlife biologist. Through the past 34 years he have been involved in fire management including several positions in operations to the deciding official for type 1 prescribed fire to agency administrator for Type 1 wildfires. As an amateur photographer for 30 years, his studies in photo techniques have been primarily with landscapes, although the photo editing he’s done has been for presentations and publications related to natural resource and fire management.

Beth Card has been working in fire for nearly 24 years. She has spent most of her career with the National Park Service and has worked for the US Forest Service for the past six years. Beth has had the opportunity to work in a variety of operations jobs around the country, under multiple management strategies - Yosemite National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area in central California; Big Cypress National Preserve in south Florida; and Theodore Roosevelt National Park and the Dakota Prairie Grasslands in western North Dakota. Beth is currently the Deputy Center Manager at the Eastern Area Coordination Center in Milwaukee, WI.

2011 Fire Safety Experts

Gary Jarvis, is a Type 2 Safety Officer, Fire Behavior Analysis, Type 3 Incident Commander and Division Supervisor. Gary has four years experience on a hotshot crew and over 20 years working on incident management teams throughout the United States. In his 25 years of wildland firefighting he has completed fire assignments in 32 different states. Gary currently works in the Washington Office on the Fire and Aviation Staff as the fuels program manager.

James Fortner, works in the Fire and Aviation Management office of the Forest Service where he serves as the Cooperative Fire Program Manager.   His primary duties include managing the State Fire Assistance Program, Volunteer Fire Assistance Program as well as building cooperative relationships with State forestry agencies and other partners.  Prior to coming to work with the Forest Service, he served as the Training and Exercise Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination Office.  James has over 24 years of experience in both structural and wildland fire suppression.  In his spare time, he serves as Assistant Chief of the Falls Church Volunteer Fire Department in Falls Church, Virginia.

Thank you Keith, Dennis, Beth, Gary, and James for your time and expertise!

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