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The National Park Foundation and Olympus Announce Winner of the First-Ever 'Your Parks' Video Challenge
Date:9/30/2009

Doug Valentine aka "DoctorLoopy" Wins Grand Prize with One-of-a-kind Video from Big Bend National Park

Thousands of Viewers Watched and Voted for the Best Video Response to: "What Do America's National Parks Mean To You?"

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Park Foundation and Olympus announced today that DoctorLoopy, Doug Valentine, a science teacher from Melissa, TX, is the grand prize winner of the "Your Parks" Video Challenge after online fans voted overwhelmingly for his video submission. The challenge kicked-off in July at www.YourParks.com as people were invited to visit the parks and explain what exactly America's national parks mean to them and why they should be protected.

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Valentine is not a professional filmmaker, though he has made short videos for years to help engage and inspire his students. As the grand prize winner, he will receive an exclusive, all-expense paid trip for two to the national park of his choice, the recently released Olympus PEN camera kit, and a Federal Recreation Lands Pass - good for free entry into all 391 national parks.

The ten honorable mentions in the contest, in alphabetical order by screen name, are:

  1. Aime - Aime Ballard-Wood, "Our Favorite National Park"
  2. FlowerGirl79 - Lily Lin, "United We Stand"

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