DuPont Protection Technologies today announced the winners of the second annual DuPont Tyvek Dirty Work Photo Contest. Jim Mathey, Cody Vandivort and Tim Grant won the online competition by best demonstrating the many ways in which workers use Tyvek garments to help keep safe and clean on the job. To check out all of the grimy entries, visit here.

Entrants were asked to submit original photos of themselves or their colleagues wearing a Tyvek protective garment after completing their “dirty work.” The entries were then judged based on a variety of criteria, including how well the Tyvek garment and “dirty work” were portrayed in the photo. Jim Mathey of Peoria, Ill., was the grand prize winner, submitting the dirtiest picture of them all, showing his colleagues wearing their Tyvek gear covered in black soot from fixing repairs to a carbon black dust collector. They are shown with their protective eyewear on, but even their faces are covered in dirt. As the grand prize winner, Jim Mathey received a $2,500 American Express gift card.

"When they talk about dirty jobs – they're talking about my job at J A Fritch & Sons in Peoria, Ill., said Jim Mathey. We repair carbon dust collectors and all of the dust that is in our collectors ends up on us by the end of the day. We are covered in black soot and grime and that is something we don't want to bring home! DuPont Tyvek keeps the dust and dirt at the facility and protects our skin from the harmful materials we interact with on a daily basis."

Cody Vandivort from Gillette, Wyo., was the first prize winner and received a $500 American Express gift card for his photo, taken in a hooded Tyvek coverall, hard hat and gloves after changing a planetary drive on a Marion Shovel. He is shown with his Tyvek coverall covered in black grime.

The second runner up, Tim Grant of Baxley, Ga., submitted a picture of himself right after he finished buffing and painting a baler. Tim Grant is wearing a hooded Tyvek coverall with paint covering the small area of exposed face. Grant received a $250 American Express gift card.

From fireproofing material to grimy, filthy sludge, DuPont Tyvek helps provide comfortable and durable protection – an ideal balance for a variety of industrial uses, including general maintenance, contracting and mold remediation. Tyvek garments also help keep wearers dry and help protect against a variety of aerosols, particles, dust, dirt and grime.