ST. LOUIS (NEWS RELEASE) –- Mike Melnotte, a photographer from Wilmington, has just been named a Category Finalist in the 2011 Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest, a program that pairs the society dedicated to inspiring people to care about the planet with the company committed to making a positive impact.
Melnotte now needs his community’s help to advance to the next stage. From now through Sept. 15, the public can vote for their favorite in each category at www.nationalgeographic.com/lithium. Voting is allowed once per category. The Category Finalist who receives the most votes will be named a Category Winner and be one step closer to earning the ultimate prize: seeing their photo appear in an Energizer ad in the pages of National Geographic magazine and winning their choice of three inspiring trips at locations across the globe.
Two finalists were selected in each of six thematic categories: animals/wildlife, nature/weather, travel/cultures, family/community, arts/music and action/energy. Melnotte’s photo was selected from nearly 6,000 entries as one of the top in the family/community category by Jim Richardson, 20-year National Geographic photographer and official judge for the Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest.
“Close to home, amongst those nearest to us, are some of the best images of our lives. That sense of moment and humor, the very stuff of our daily family treasures, caught my eye on this image, and I smile every time I see it…” said Richardson.
If Melnotte receives the most votes in his category, he will be named one of six Category Winners and receive a prize pack valued at approximately $1,000 that includes an EPIC Action Video Cam, a Nikon digital camera, a Litepanels Micro® camera light, an Energizer® Lithium flashlight, an Energizer® Lithium Headlight, two books from the National Geographic Collection and an assortment of Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries.
From the six Category Winners selected by the public, Richardson will choose the Grand Prize Winner, to be announced around Nov. 8, 2011. That person will receive the Category Winner prize pack along with the Grand Prize: their photo in an ad for Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries in National Geographic magazine and – for the first time – the winner will get to select their trip from three incredible options: an Alaska cruise of the state’s remote wilderness, a Moroccan odyssey spanning the sea to the Sahara or a 12-day journey into the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.