PRESS RELEASE: Love The National Parks? Think They Need To Be Protected?
Tell Us Why In The First-Ever “Your Parks Video Challenge” Presented By The National Park Foundation And Olympus Submit Videos at YourParks.com by September 14th and Enter To Win an Exclusive Trip to the National Park of Your Choice, an Olympus PEN Camera Kit, and More
07/01/2009 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Visiting a national park this summer? If so, the National Park Foundation and Olympus challenge you to capture video of your adventure and share it with the world. Visit www.YourParks.com and explain what America’s National Parks mean to you -- how do they inspire you? Why are they important? Why should we protect them? The video that showcases the most inspiring, meaningful and thoughtful story and/or experience will win an exclusive top-of-the line prize package from the National Park Foundation and Olympus. Your Parks complements the Share the Experience photo contest, sponsored by Olympus, seeking this year’s best photo of the National Parks.
Fans are invited to submit videos, up to two minutes in length, between now and September 14th. The online audience will then vote for their favorite at www.YourParks.com until September 22nd. Together fans voting online, along with the National Park Foundation and Olympus, will crown one winning video and 10 runners-up to be announced at the end of September. The grand prize winner will receive an exclusive, all-expense paid trip for two to the national park of his/her choice, the recently released Olympus PEN camera kit, and a Federal Recreation Lands Pass – good for free entry into any one of the 391 National Park Service units. Runners-up will also receive a Federal Recreation Lands Pass as well as an Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 digital camera.
n addition, winners will receive gift cards for outdoor footwear and apparel from Merrell. Winners will also receive a copy of the new Ken Burns “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” DVD and companion book which will premiere on PBS on September 27th. The film chronicles stories of the people who helped create the parks, just as the “Your Parks” contest is an opportunity for people to tell their stories of how the parks touch their lives.
Submitted videos to the Your Parks video challenge must be no more than two minutes in length. Participants must be 13 years of age or older to enter. For more information and complete contest rules visit www.YourParks.com.
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ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION The National Park Foundation is an independent charitable organization chartered by Congress in 1967 to strengthen the connection between the American people and their 391 national parks. As the official national non-profit partner of America’s National Parks, the Foundation raises private funds, makes strategic grants, creates innovative partnerships and increases public awareness about the need and opportunity for park philanthropy. In its 2008 fiscal year, the National Park Foundation distributed grants and program support of $27.3M.
(First posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 14:44 EDT)