Local Woman in Running for National Geographic Honor

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Local photographer Roxanne Lovett of Statesville, N.C., has just been named a Category Finalist in the 2010 Energizer Ultimate Photo Contestwith National Geographic. Lovett is now one step closer to her “shot” at greatness—the Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip of a lifetime to the Greek Isles and will see his or her photo appear in the pages of National Geographic magazine in an ad for Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries.

The 2010 Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest, which launched in April, has named two Finalists in each of its six thematic categories: animals/wildlife, nature, travel, people/cultures, weather and action/energy. Now it’s up to the public to pick the Category Winners. From now through Sept. 15, people can go towww.nationalgeographic.com/lithium to view the gallery of Category Finalist photos and to select their favorite in each category.

From more than 14,000 entries, Lovett’s photo rose to the top 12. Selected as a Finalist in the people/cultures category, Lovett’s photo stood out as one of the best representations of the theme, said Jim Richardson, National Geographic photographer and judge for the Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest.

“There is in the lean of the horse and the lean of the soldier a unity of action and a harmony of purpose,” said Richardson. “The scene is graced by just enough background to suggest a greater tableau, of events larger than life and part of our history, but it is that graceful cant caught in the moment that is beguiling.”

If Lovett receives the most votes in her category, she will be among six Category Winners vying for the title of Grand Prize Winner, to be determined by Richardson and announced on or about Nov. 4, 2010.

In 2008, Energizer and National Geographic teamed up on the first Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest, bringing together the world’s premier resource for photojournalism with the company that makes the world’s longest-lasting AA and AAA batteries for digital cameras and other high-tech devices. Three years later, the Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest is enjoying its best year yet – with a record-breaking number of entries.

“We continue to be amazed at the quality of work that pours in through submissions to the Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest,” said Jim Olsen, Vice President of Marketing forEnergizer North America. “Our goal is to encourage everyone to enjoy the experience of capturing moments through photography, and we hope the long-lasting power and reliability of our Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries make it a little easier to do just that.”

Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries are proven to last up to 8x longer* in digital cameras and up to 2x longer** in flash units, as well as offering more power* for GPS devices, LED flashlights and handheld games. In addition to delivering long-lasting power, the batteries are 33 percent lighter than alkaline batteries, have a 15-year storage life and perform well in extreme temperatures from -40 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-40o to 60o Celsius), making them ideal for both professional and amateur photographers on the go.

Each of the 2010 Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest Category Winners will receive an assortment of Energizer® Ultimate Lithium batteries as part of a prize pack also including an EPIC Action Video Cam, a Nikon COOLPIX L110 digital camera, a Litepanels Micro® camera light, an Energizer® Ultimate® Lithium 1AA Handheld flashlight, anEnergizer® Ultimate® Lithium Headlight and two books from the National Geographic Collection: “Journeys of a Lifetime” and “National Geographic: The Image Collection.”

The Grand Prize Winner will receive all of the items listed above as well as a National Geographic Expedition for two to the Greek Isles, accompanied by a National Geographic expert.

For additional information on the Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest and to vote on the Category Finalist photos, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/lithium. For more information on Energizer and its products, visit www.facebook.com/energizer.

*Versus Energizer® MAX®. Results vary by device.
**Versus Energizer® MAX®. AA only. Results vary by device.

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