ALTOONA, Pa., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Inspiration comes in many shapes
and forms; it could be the beauty of a spring runoff traveling through a
thicket of mountain laurel, your child enjoying a bike ride on the Ghost
Town Trail, or the calming serenity of a sunset overlooking Wolf Rocks. The
Alleghenies is pleased to announce an outdoor digital photo contest to
highlight the grandeur and beauty of the region while capturing the many
memorable moments of life.
The contest, announced today, encourages residents and visitors to
submit digital photos capturing their essence of The Alleghenies. Each
entrant* may enter one digital image in one of eight categories including:
Hiking, Cycling (On- or Off- Road), Birding/Nature Viewing, Fishing,
Boating, ATVing, Motor Touring, and Scenic Landscapes.
Those interested in participating in the contest can register and
submit their entries online at http://www.TheAlleghenies.com. Through the
online registration, entrants will also be asked to submit contact
information, where the photo was taken and the date it was taken, along
with the names of individuals featured in the photo (if applicable).
The contest begins immediately and runs through October 21, 2007.
Contest milestones are as follows:
May 24 Submission of digital photos begins
October 21 Final day for digital photo submission
October 29 Judging panel selects 3 finalists in each category
Online voting begins
November 30 Final day for online voting
Best of Show (Top 3) determined by top 3 vote getters
December 10 Announcement of winners
The contest winners will be determined by the online balloting process
on the Alleghenies' website. Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 vote
getters. Each winner will have their photo and the inspiration behind the
photo posted on the homepage of The Alleghenies website, in addition to
receiving some great prizes (more than $1000 in prizes):
First Place: Olympus SP-550 UZ Ultra Zoom (donated by Olympus),
trekking poles, hydration pack, and more outdoor gear
from nationally recognized brands.
(total prize value of more than $600)
First Runner-up: Olympus Stylus 770 SW Digital Camera (donated by
Olympus), trekking poles, hydration pack, camera
tripod, and more outdoor gear from nationally
(total prize value of more than $500)
Second Runner-up: Trekking poles, hydration pack, camera tripod, and
more outdoor gear from nationally recognized brands.
(total prize value of more than $100)
The digital photo contest coincides with the online launch of The
Alleghenies hiking opportunities. These hikes include after work stress
busters, day hikes, and even overnight/weekend backpacking options offering
great inspirational opportunities for the digital photo contest.
The Alleghenies and its outdoor recreation experiences have been ranked
as some of the best in the country in national lists. For instance,
Bicycling magazine rated the region as one of the "Top Five Best Places to
Ride in the Country" and Field & Stream named Raystown Lake one of
America's 25 Hottest Spots, a testament to The Alleghenies' abundant lakes,
not to mention its miles and miles of blue ribbon trout streams.
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The Alleghenies: The Alleghenies Tourism Council is a partnership of
organizations interested in further developing the tourism industry and
economic development opportunities in a seven county region in Southcentral
Pennsylvania. The Council works under the umbrella of the Southern
Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission, a non-profit economic
development agency. For more information on The Alleghenies, call
1-800-458-3433 or visit http://www.TheAlleghenies.com.
*All participants under the age of 18 must have an adult submit their
photo. All submissions become property of The Alleghenies.
SOURCE The Alleghenies Tourism Council