9th ANNUAL RIVERS DAY PHOTO CONTEST ENTRIES NEEDED

FORT ST. JOHN–Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) and Peace Valley Environment Association (PVEA) need your photos for the ninth annual ?Celebrate the Peace? photo contest.

The theme of the 9th annual contest is Celebrate the Beauty of the Peace. The photograph must show the Peace River since the contest is part of the local BC Rivers Day celebration.

Sally Emory, executive director of NEAT, says ? Over the past eight years, this celebration has seen some excellent photographs and a great deal of support. This year we are looking forward to expanding the program and reaching more people in the community. People in the Peace region are so creative, and the Peace River is beautiful, inspiring subject matter?I can?t wait to see what our participants come up with this time around!?

Each year the contest draws an average of 30 photographs, all of which are posted on NEAT?s website (www.neat.bc.ca).

RuthAnn Darnall, president of PVEA, says ? The past two years have seen phenomenal growth in public awareness; just look at the huge turnout for Paddle for the Peace in July?we could probably have a separate contest for photos from that day alone! There are so many different ways to experience the beauty of the Peace, and I?m amazed by how many different ways people find to capture it!?

The photograph should have been taken recently (no more than two years old) and can show the Peace in any season. It can be of the river, from the river, over the river, looking down on the river or, for a real challenge, how about a view from in or under the river?

One entry per person is allowed and the photograph must be a 7? wide by 5? high (landscape setting), unmounted colour print. All entries must include a brief description of where the picture was taken and why the photographer feels it suits the contest theme. Please include name, address and phone number of entrant.

The staff of Hello North (Northern Rockies Alaska Highway Tourism Association) has the challenge and pleasure of selecting first, second and third place. There are cash prizes for the winners, supplied by NEAT and PVEA. The judges keep a record of all photographs for possible follow-up.

Entry deadline for photographs for the 9th annual Rivers Day photo contest is Wednesday, September 19th. Drop off or mail photos to NEAT, 10027-100 Street, Fort St. John, BC V1J 3Y5. Winners will be announced on BC Rivers Day, September 30, 2007.

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