The Alleghenies Announces an Outdoor Digital Photo Contest Contest Encourages Residents and Visitors to Submit Their Best Photos of

the Region

    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 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
                         recognized brands.
                         (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.
     Olympus Imaging America Inc. is a precision technology leader,
 designing and delivering award-winning products for consumer and
 professional markets. Olympus Imaging America Inc. works collaboratively
 with its customers and its ultimate parent company, Olympus Corporation, to
 develop breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and
 functionality that enhance peoples' lives every day. For more information,
     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
     *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

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