PRESS RELEASE: Public voting for Sigma Corporation scholarship finalists will close on April 1
Company executives to select winner of $6,000 in cash and prizes from five finalists
Ronkonkoma, NY, March 28, 2011 - Have you voted for your favorite high school photographer yet? Place your vote by April 1 to help Sigma Corporation of America identify five finalists for its annual Scholarship Contest, and you could help one lucky high school senior win $6,000 in cash and photography gear.
A total of 167 high school seniors from all over the nation are in the running for $5,000 in cash and $1,000 in Sigma products of their choosing. The company will close online, public voting on April 1 and, once executives have selected their favorite contestant from the top five finalists, they will announce the winner on April 18. To view the submissions and cast your vote, visit the Sigma scholarship submissions page.
Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America, said he was impressed by the talent and enthusiasm of this year's entrants.
"It's exciting to see the students' participation in this contest grow from year to year," said Amir-Hamzeh. "The number of entries grew by 30 percent, and the content and quality of the students' submissions continues to amaze us. Some of the contestants have nearly 2,000 votes right now. It's going to be a tough decision this year, but we are extremely honored to help one high school senior start his or her career. Please place your vote and help us narrow the list of incredibly talented applicants!"
Submissions for the contest started on Nov. 15, 2010, and applicants were required to submit three to five thematically-tied photographs along with a brief essay describing their creative process in capturing and selecting the images. The annual scholarship contest is open to students pursuing a higher education in industries such as photography, photojournalism, graphic arts and design, visual arts and art history.
For information about the Sigma Corporation of America Scholarship and a list of contest rules, visit http://www.sigmaphoto.com/scholarship/. For information on Sigma Corporation of America and its lenses, cameras and flashes, visit www.sigmaphoto.com.
About Sigma Corporation of America
For more than 50 years, Sigma Corporation has been producing high-quality, high-performance photographic technology at moderate prices. This family-owned organization is the largest, independent SLR lens manufacturer in the world, producing more than 40 lenses that are compatible with most manufacturers, including Canon, Minolta, Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Pentax. Sigma Corporation also produces digital SLR cameras and high-definition digital compact cameras. The company is headquartered in Japan, with offices strategically located throughout Europe and North America. For more information, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com.
(First posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 20:08 EDT)