Release Issued by Fujifilm:
National Youth Photo Contest Winners Announced
Six Young Anglers Win U.S. Savings Bonds in Fujifilm "Fish, Photograph & Release" Contest
TULSA, Okla. -- Young anglers have discovered that it's not always the size of the fish that matters. Sometimes it's the memories captured on film and their appreciation for the environment that bring the most value.
Thirty youngsters recently were selected as winners of the 2006 Fish, Photograph & Release (FPR) Contest sponsored by FUJIFILM U .S.A. , Inc. (Fujifilm) and administered through Hooked On Fishing International's (HOFI) Kids All-American Fishing (KAAF) program. The FPR program encourages kids to take a picture of their catch and then release the fish back into the water. The 30 finalists were selected based on the quality and creativity of the photos in addition to a 50-word essay explaining "Why I love to fish and why fish should be returned to the water."
The 30 finalists were placed into two age categories, 5-10 and 11-16, with the three top winners being selected for the prizes. The named winners were awarded U.S. Savings Bonds of $1,000 for grand prize winners, $500 for first runners-up and $250 for second runners-up . A Fujifilm two-pack QuickSnap one-time-use camera and an FPR t-shirt were awarded to the top 30 finalists.
For the younger group, Thomas Satalino, age 10, of Midlothian, Va. was declared the grand prize winner. Kailee Tobacco, 5, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and Paul Zachary Karach, 6, Hewitt, N.J., were first and second runners-up, respectively.
Chris Allison, 14, Deer Creek, Okla., received the grand prize for the older group. Nathan Nekola , 11, West Fargo, N.D., and Miranda Mendenhall, 11, St. Louis, Mo., were the respective first and second runners-up.
Winning photos and information will be featured beginning Dec. 30 on the Fujifilm Web site: www.fujifilmusa.com/fishing. Contest information for 2007 is also available at the same Fujifilm website as well as at www.kids-fishing.com.
"The Fujifilm Fish, Photograph and Release" program is a fun way to educate kids about the fun of fishing and importance of conservation, while inspiring the next generation of anglers and photographers. It also teaches young people two great skills; taking photographs and putting their thoughts in writing," said Cindy Bogan, National Account Manager, Fujifilm.
Many of the photos entered in the contest were taken at one of the nearly 1,900 KAAF events nationwide in 2006. HOFI provides planning and promotional support for KAAF events internationally, but they are planned and staffed locally by volunteers from state agencies, parks and recreation departments, scouting groups, fishing clubs and other civic and service clubs. With the support of sponsors, HOFI is able to provide the official KAAF derby kits free of charge to the local groups. KAAF will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year.
"KAAF was created to introduce as many young people as possible to the recreation of fishing," said Daniel Johnson, president, HOFI. "Through partnerships with volunteer community organizations, municipal, state and federal agencies and some of the country's leading corporations like Fujifilm, KAAF provides kids and families with venues where they can experience the sport while exposing them to character-enriching values to help them be successful in life."