Algonquin College Student Wins Grand Prize In The 2008 Bridgestone Photo Contest

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Algonquin College Student Wins Grand Prize In 2008 The Bridgestone Photo Contest
2008 Contest attracts record number of student entrants

EDMONTON, Alberta (January 29, 2009) - This year’s 2008 Bridgestone Photo Contest grand prize winner is Lisa Beaton, a first-year student at Algonquin College, in Ottawa. The winning entry by Beaton depicted a snowflake made of tires with the following slogan, “Winter’s coming. Shouldn’t you be prepared?”

The Bridgestone Photo Contest, inaugurated in 2002 by Bridgestone Canada Inc. (BSCA), aims to communicate the company’s everlasting commitment to the community, environment and safety. The student photographers’ challenge entailed conveying one of the following themes by combining their imagination to advancements in photographic equipment in order to produce works that exert both solid professional photographic skills and a strong social message.

“I am very pleased with my work and very happy that I won the overall Grand Prize,” said Beaton, “My research for a good idea stemmed from the news about road safety and the importance of having the right tires for winter. Then I went to the Bridgestone website and read the company values safety. This is how the snowflake made of tires came to be.”

A record 290 students representing 12 schools from 8 provinces displayed their artistic prowess in the seventh annual Bridgestone Photo Contest. An unprecedented 377 photographs were submitted for the 2008 contest, which requires students enrolled in commercial photography studies at a dozen pre-selected Canadian post-secondary schools to photograph a Bridgestone-brand tire in an artistic context that complements their photography skills.

Élise Bouchard, an Alma (Quebec) native in her second year in the Cégep de Matane photography program, was awarded Honourable Mention for her photograph of a clown strapped in a Bridgestone tire and fastening his seatbelt, suggesting that safety is no laughing matter.

“As the Bridgestone Photo Contest continues to grow, with more students and more entries every year, we are impressed with the creative, cutting-edge work being done by student photographers across the country,” said Jeremy Smith, Manager, Community & Corporate Relations for BSCA. “We were amazed at the passion, creativity and talent these students displayed in successfully messaging all three themes through their works.”   

The prize money was divided today between the two national winners of the contest and the top three photographers in each of the 12 competing schools. The two major awards were announced today during a ceremony at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, one of the participating schools. At this same ceremony, cheques were also presented to students from the latter school and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology as the top three winners of their respective schools.

About Bridgestone Canada Inc.:
Mississauga, Ontario-based Bridgestone Canada Inc. (BSCA) is an affiliate of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO). BSCA and Nashville, Tenn.-based BATO are subsidiaries of Bridgestone Americas, Inc., whose parent company, Bridgestone Corporation, is the world's largest tire and rubber company. BSCA and BATO develop, manufacture and market Bridgestone, Firestone and associate brand tires. The business unit is focused on wholesale and original equipment markets, supplying passenger, light truck, commercial vehicle, off road, motorcycle, agricultural and other tires to their customers in Canada and the United States, respectively. In addition, through its Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions Canada unit, retreading customers have access to industry-leading research and development, manufacturing, marketing and sales expertise, providing them with a total tire solution.

Winning photos: The winning photo and photos of the official presentation can be viewed on the contest web site at www.bridgestonephoto.com. Media can obtain high-resolution photos by contacting William Samman at william@torchiacom.com.



William Samman
Torchia Communications
514 288-8290, ext. 213

Jeremy Smith

Manager Public Affairs, Bridgestone Americas Holding, Inc.

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