Samsung Reveals the Winner of "SOS Island" Survival Series

World Traveler Graham Hughes Secures Viewer Votes to Earn Him the $100,000 Island Prize

Dec 11, 2013, 08:00 ET from Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Liverpool native, Graham Hughes, was declared the winner of Samsung's online competition series, "SOS Island: Survival of the Smartest," at a finale event in Hollywood on Tuesday. The travel enthusiast, who spent four years visiting every country in the world, brought his taste for adventure to the fearsome competition – thriving in challenges and rallying thousands of votes, via social media, from fans back home.



"This is truly a dream come true," said Graham Hughes. "I put everything I had into this competition with hopes that I'd go all the way. My next challenge is deciding where to go with the prize money."

On September 17, sixteen contestants were chosen from a pool of more than 10 thousand applicants across 132 countries to participate in the thrilling online competition. After an intensive week of training with survival expert, Les Stroud, contestants were narrowed in half and relocated to an uncharted island off the coast of Puerto Rico.

For two weeks, the final eight endured arduous team challenges with the aid of their Samsung GALAXY S4 zoom and GALAXY NX camera, as viewers followed their journeys online and through social media, casting votes for their favorite contender. After twelve challenges and 100,000 total unique votes, Graham Hughes was crowned the victor of "SOS Island."

Since the series premiere on September 30, viewers engaged with contestants of the socially-fueled series in real-time, driving more than 23 thousand mentions on Twitter and 10 million views on Samsung Camera's YouTube page.

Samsung is running additional competitions on The most engaged viewers on the Website, in terms of both commenting and game playing, will be entered to win a free trip to Puerto Rico. Additionally, consumers who have bought either the Galaxy S4 Zoom or the Galaxy NX can also apply to win the same free trip. Go to the Treasure Box section on the SOS Island Website to learn more.

As a filmmaker who has chronicled his travels in the past, Graham said that it's his dream to live on an island for one year, documenting his adventures for the world to see. Graham's victory was announced at an exclusive event in Hollywood via Samsung's new Galaxy GEAR, which was paired with his Galaxy S4 Zoom. The Galaxy GEAR is the ultimate companion for the S4 zoom – this new compatibility is being rolled out country by county and in the US, with AT&T by the end of January.

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