Contests emphasize boating safety

RICHMOND, British Columbia and CHICAGO – Boating enthusiasts in the United States and Canada are invited to take part in a Safe Boating Photo Contest to show how they stay safe on the water, contest organizers reported in a release yesterday.

Presented by Mustang Survival with the support of Discover Boating, amateur photographers have the opportunity to win a Mustang Survival Personal Flotation Device prize pack and have their picture featured within the Discover Boating program.

“Our goal is to give people a choice of comfortable, high quality PFDs whether they are powerboaters, anglers, paddlers or take part in any of the countless other water sports activities,” said Rob McMahon, marketing communications specialist for Mustang Survival. “We're looking forward to seeing all the great photos from boating enthusiasts.”

According to Cindy Pechous, director of Advertising for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, "The photo contest being launched during North American Safe Boating week lets boaters show the world not only what kind of boating they love to do, but also how wearing your lifejacket fits into the boating lifestyle."

Contest Details

  • Photos can be entered on the free Flickr photo sharing site and are tagged with SBPC2008 from May 15th to July 20
  • A panel of judges from Discover Boating and Mustang Survival will select 10 finalists
  • The public will have the opportunity to vote from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15 to determine the winner.
  • Full contest details are available at

    Safe Boater call for entries
    In a separate contest also underway, the National Safe Boating Council, with the support of West Marine, Inc., is reminding students to submit entries for the 2008 Boating Safety Sidekicks Contest "I'm a Safe Boater, Are You?" as the June 1 deadline for entries approaches.

    Children between the ages of 4 and 15 are asked to submit stories, posters, or videos that describe how they stay safe on the water.

    First-prize winners will be awarded in three different categories for each age group: four to seven, eight to eleven and twelve to fifteen. Essay winners will be chosen based upon good grammar, punctuation, composition and the story told. Poster and video winners will be evaluated on design, style, artwork and the safety message.

    The National Safe Boating recently announced the winners of the 2007 contest. A complete list of 2007 winners is as follows:

    Winners, Ages 4 to 7

  • 1st-place Story: Brooke B., 7, Kennesaw, Ga.
  • 1st-place Movie: Bryce A., 6, North Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Winners, Ages 8 to 11

  • 1st-place Story: Ross L., 11, Pawleys Island, S.C.
  • 1st-place Poster: Foster C., 9, Curwensville, Pa.
  • 1st-place Movie: Adrian P., 9, National City, Calif.
  • Winners, Ages 12 to 15

  • 1st-place Story/1st-place Poster: Colin B., 12, Crescent
    City, Calif
  • 1st-place Movie: Kyle A., 13, North Las Vegas, Nev.
  • To view last year's winning entries and for contest requirements, deadlines and more details, visit the Boating Safety Sidekicks Web site

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