Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Football Photo Contest Captures Memories To Last A Lifetime

SSG Note: Why do you love football? Why do you take all those captivating pictures of your kids playing football? Maybe you have a hankering to attend the Super Bowl in Tampa? Put them all together and enter the football photo contest.

(NAPSI)-Highly satisfying, for many parents, is capturing great photos of their children's milestones and important moments that can be shared with loved ones for years to come. Incorporating photography into your everyday activities can help you capture memories that will last a lifetime.

To encourage that idea, Canon U.S.A. and the Pro Football Hall of Fame are giving football and photography fans a chance to capture the fun, passion, excitement and journey of youth football and enter their best football photos in a fun contest. Everything from a playful catch in the backyard to any youth, school or organized football game is eligible for the "Why Do You Love Football?" Photo Challenge.

The grand-prize winners in the adult and teen divisions will each be awarded a trip for four to attend Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa Bay and will earn a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a photo displayed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Additionally, the winners will receive a trip for four to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Celebration.

The nationwide amateur photo contest features two entry categories, "Action" and "Feature." The "Action" category focuses on any image that captures football action during game play, while the "Feature" category comprises any football imagery outside of game action on the field.

A judging panel consisting of renowned sports photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Peter Read Miller, Sports Illustrated, Archie Manning (former NFL quarterback and father of Indianapolis and New York Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks) and other prominent photographers will determine the group of 14 finalists in each division. The voting will then be turned over to the fans, who will crown the first-place winner in each category as well as the grand-prize winners.

"This will mark my third year working with Canon on the 'Why Do You Love Football?' Photo Challenge," said Archie Manning. "We've received some amazing photographs over the years, and I know from personal experience how important it is to have captured life's journey through photography. Having the opportunity to reflect and flip through old photos brings me right back to some of the best moments of my life."

Parents, family members and friends are encouraged to submit as many as 10 images each through December 3, 2008, by visiting www.usa.canon.com.

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