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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
05/21/2008
CONTACTS:
Katie Test, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
202.974.5152 (office)
katie@railstotrails.org


FIRST-EVER RAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY DIGITAL PHOTO CHALLENGE UNDERWAY

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2008— Today, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) announces its first-ever digital photography competition: the 2008 Digital Photo Challenge, which welcomes digital images that capture and highlight the incredible diversity of life on and around the country's rail-trails.

"We want it all," says Jennifer Grizzard Ekzarkhov, RTC director of online communications. "Skylines and mountain ridges, horseback riders and fishermen, families and pets, waterfronts and windswept prairie, commuter pipelines and pebbly escapes, urban bustle and rural quiet, rail-trails as routes to work or the store, and as linear playgrounds. Odds are, if the scene moved you to take the photo, we want to see it."

To find the location of a rail-trail near you, visit TrailLink.com (powered by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy), and get those cameras ready. The Grand Prize will be awarded to the best photo of activity on or around a rail-trail and will be selected from a pool of at least 25 finalists. All entries must be submitted no later than August 31, 2008. Online entries can be uploaded starting May 20, 2008, and must be uploaded no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on August 31, 2008.

The finalists' images will be featured on Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Web site, www.railstotrails.org, and the Grand Prize photo will be printed in the 2009 Rails-to-Trails Conservancy calendar.

The 2008 Digital Photo Challenge is open to all photographers at least 18 years of age, except employees of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and their immediate families and/or paid consultants or contractors of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The contest is open to all participants regardless of residence or citizenship, so long as the laws of their jurisdiction allow participation.

To learn how you may submit photos, and to review the full contest rules, please visit www.railstotrails.org/photocontest.


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization with more than 100,000 members, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more information visit www.railstotrails.org.


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
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Washington, DC 20037
+1-202-331-9696