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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 17, 2011
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Sony Video Contest to benefit Virginia State Parks

(RICHMOND) – The Sony Corporation has joined forces with the America’s State Parks organization in a Filmmaker Challenge Contest designed to provide funding to Virginia State Parks and other state parks across the nation. The competition invites park visitors to create videos of their favorite park experiences in a contest for valuable Sony prizes.

“Our collaboration with America's State Parks enables people to see state parks with a new perspective by putting together movies about their visits using our new multimedia production software,” said Brad Reinke, senior vice president for Sony Creative Software. “Our park system is truly a national treasure, and our involvement in this promotion will help spread the word and incentivize the public to connect today’s technology with the majesty of the great outdoors.”

The contest is intended to help build awareness of America’s magnificent state parks at a time of reduced state budgets. Submissions will be accepted through Sept, 1.

America’s State Parks is hosting the videos on its YouTube page, www.youtube.com/user/AmericasStateParks. Prizes include two Playstation®3 gaming systems, two Sony VAIO® laptops and 19 Sony Bloggie™ Cameras.

Winners will be announced on Nov. 15.

America's State Parks will offer a $30 discount on Sony's Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 editing software. For every sale of the editing software, Sony will donate $20 to the America’s State Parks Foundation.

For complete rules and prize information, visit www.americasstateparks.org/filmmaker/.

For more information about Virginia State Parks, managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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