WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eight amateur
photographers are one step closer to receiving the "ultimate" photo contest
grand prize -- an all-expense-paid trip for two to Tanzania and Zanzibar,
accompanied by a National Geographic expert, and having his or her photo
appear in an Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium ad that will run in National
Geographic magazine. Each has a photo that has been named a category winner
as part of the "Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest."
"We received thousands of entries, but these photographs really stood
out in each of their respective categories," said Jim Richardson, National
Geographic photographer and a contest judge. "These photos represent the
best of amateur photography."
Now it is up to Americans to choose the grand-prize-winning photo that
will be featured in an ad for Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium batteries - the
world's longest-lasting AA and AAA batteries for high-tech devices. The ad
will appear in the December issue of National Geographic.
Each of the category-winning pictures are posted online at
www.nationalgeographic.com/energizer and visitors are asked to cast their
vote for the photo they would most like to see take high honors in the
contest. Voting extends until August 28, with the grand prize winner being
announced on or about September 22, 2008. Those selected category winners
-- Weather: John Dorton, Bradenton, Florida
-- People and Cultures: Amanda Lease, Fort Collins, Colorado
-- Science: Wei Lee, Mira Loma, California
-- Festivals and Celebrations: Felix Marquez, Manassas, Virginia
-- Adventure and Exploration: Kevin McNeal, Olympia, Washington
-- Space: Gregory Paulson, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
-- Wildlife and Nature: Katherine Payne, Hesperia, California
-- Travel: Doug Steakley, Carmel Valley, California
Energizer joined with National Geographic to sponsor the photo contest
to draw attention to and celebrate the new Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium,
which lasts up to 8X times longer in digital cameras (Versus Energizer(R)
MAX(R). Results vary by camera.). Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium not only
meets the power demands of digital cameras and flash units, but also those
of other high-tech devices like GPS systems and wireless headsets.
In addition to the extreme long life, the batteries are 33 percent
lighter than ordinary alkaline batteries and perform in extreme
temperatures from -40� to 140� degrees Fahrenheit (-40� to 60� degrees C),
making them ideal for professional and amateur photographers.
"In today's on-the-go society, consumers - especially photographers -
are looking for portable power solutions to run their high-tech devices,"
said Betsy Laakko, director of Battery Marketing for Energizer.
"Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium offers overall greater reliability allowing
photographers and high-tech users to get the maximum use out of their
The eight winners were among the 8,110 photographs that were entered in
the Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest which began in June. At that time,
amateur photographers were asked to submit a photo online in one of the
following thematic categories: adventure and exploration, travel, weather,
science, people and cultures, festivals and celebrations, wildlife and
nature, and space.
Contest entries were judged based on the following criteria: extent to
which photo captures the essence of the theme selected (25 percent),
composition (25 percent), clarity and technical quality (25 percent) and
creativity (25 percent).
Each of the eight category winners will receive a photography-themed
package valued at more than $300 and comprised of Energizer(R) Ultimate
Lithium batteries; a "Gear on Assignment Earth Explorer" shoulder bag; a
VuPoint Film Scanner, which enables users to scan strips of negatives or
color slides and convert them to 5 megapixel digital files via a USB port;
and the National Geographic Ultimate Field Guide to Photography.
About Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium
Introduced more than 15 years ago, Energizer(R) Ultimate Lithium
continues to help pave the way for a new generation of high-tech portable
power devices, ranging from digital photo equipment to GPS units and
wireless headsets. Recognized as the world's longest-lasting AA and AAA
batteries for high-tech devices, lasting up to 8X longer* in digital
cameras, they are 33 percent lighter than ordinary alkaline batteries,
perform in extreme temperatures from -40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 to
60 degrees C) and have a 15-year storage life.
*Versus Energizer(R) MAX(R). AA only. Results vary by camera.
Energizer Holdings, Inc. [NYSE: ENR], www.energizer.com, headquartered
in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of the world's largest manufacturers of
primary batteries, battery-powered devices and flashlights. Energizer, a
global leader in the dynamic business of providing portable power geared
toward the new digital age, offers a full portfolio of products including
the Energizer(R) MAX(R) premium alkaline brand; Energizer(R) Ultimate
Lithium; and Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) Rechargeable batteries and
The Energizer product line also includes specialty batteries for
hearing aids and medical devices, health and fitness devices, as well as
for keyless remote entry systems, watches and other uses. Through its
flashlight and lighting products unit, Energizer helps bring consumer
insight and innovation to these important household devices. Energizer
continues its role as technology leader as it launches its Energizer(R)
Energi To Go(R) line of portable battery-driven power packs for cell phones
and iPod(R) devices.
SOURCE National Geographic Society