Eight 'Category Winners' Named in the Energizer Ultimate Photography Contest
America to Vote for Grand Prize Winner Online; Winning Photo to Appear
in Energizer Ad in National Geographic
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 are: -- 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 equipment." 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. About Energizer 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 chargers. 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
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