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Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced winners of the 2019 ‘What’s Your Story?’ video contest. The ninth annual contest asks students to submit a video answering one question for a chance to win several prizes, including a grand prize of $10,000.
This year, schools and individuals in the U.S. and Canada submitted videos addressing the question, “If you had one special power to make life online better, what would it be?” Contestants from 22 states and 3 provinces chose to tackle many internet ills with a wide range of creative powers. Judges for this year’s competition included representatives from Connectsafely, #ICanHelp, MediaSmarts, NAMLE, The Cyberbullying Research Center, Twitter, and Trend Micro.
“Through this contest, students have shown us they are keenly aware of both the good and bad influences of the internet and long to positively influence how it is used,” said Lynette Owens, founder and global director of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Families program. “We challenged students to be creative in solving the digital problem most important to them. The special powers they came up with showed ingenuity, shed light on what they see as the most critical online problems, and emphasized their collective desire to do good. We’re grateful for all the contestants who shared such deeply personal submissions and want to congratulate the winners for their responses and effort in spreading their messages far and wide.”
Brennan Strader of Spanish Fork, Utah won the top prize in the individual category with his submission titled, “The Power to Grab Reality.” The main character of the video possesses a unique ability to identify scams, fake news and misinformation and with a humorous approach, uses this skill for good and for fun.
Greenville High School students Avery C. and Seth H., of Greeneville, Tennessee, earned the grand prize in the school category for their entry, “The Cyberceptor.” Supported by teacher Nathan Hale, the students take on cyberbullying in their video, demonstrating the special power of intercepting harmful messages before a recipient sees them, changing them to positive ones.
‘What’s Your Story?’ is an annual international competition that encourages students to explore multiple issues related to safe, responsible and successful technology use. Unlike most video contests, participants must both submit an entry and demonstrate that they can be an advocate for their own message. Contestants are asked to encourage their fans and communities to view and rate their entries as evidence of this advocacy.
A complete list of the 2019 winners and finalists, past winners, and more about the contest can be found at whatsyourstory.trendmicro.com.
Source: Trend Micro
Elvie, the health and lifestyle brand developing smarter technology for women, has unveiled “A Mother and More,” a Mother’s Day campaign that aims to spotlight the dual identity of woman and mother, showcasing some of the amazing things mothers are doing in their own right.
“A Mother and More” Campaign to Challenge the Outdated Depictions of Motherhood
The women featured in the campaign represent a wide range of professions, hobbies and backgrounds including a engineer taking on a male-dominated industry, a breast cancer survivor and mentor for the transgender population, a single mom, a public defender helping the underprivileged navigate the criminal justice system, an entertainment reporter who has closely reported on the #MeToo movement, a former-Olympic skier, and more.
“My mother was an inspirational woman, a kind woman, who raised me on her own in later life so I have so much admiration for the strength of mothers,” said Brock Elbank. “I was really excited when Elvie approached me with this project because all my work is about diversity and every mother has a different and powerful story to tell.”
Brock Elbank is a portrait photographer known for his bold and distinctive approach. Following early success in fashion photography, Elbank has since moved from shooting professional models, to exploring everyday subjects, with a particular focus on the beauty of imperfection and diversity. He is most well known for his photo series #Project60, which showcases 60 unique beards and facial hair, in addition to campaigns such as #Freckles, #Vitiligo, and #HowDoYouCMeNow, which challenge stereotypes around skin “conditions” and celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of one’s skin.
“Brock’s work is known for sparking meaningful conversations and challenging stereotypes, which made him the perfect partner to bring this campaign to life,” said Tania Boler, CEO, Elvie. “We want to change the idea that once a woman becomes a mother, it is the only thing that defines her. Being a mom is an important part of many women’s lives, but it’s not the only aspect, and especially around Mother’s Day, it’s important that we celebrate women on an individual level — their successes, their strength, and their passions, in motherhood and beyond.”
Founded in 2013, Elvie’s first product, Elvie Trainer, is an award-winning app-connected Kegel trainer that helps women strengthen the pelvic floor via fun, five-minute workouts. Most recently, the femtech company launched its second innovation, Elvie Pump, the world’s first silent wearable breast pump, making breast pumping as easy, streamlined and flexible as possible for moms.
Furthering Elvie’s mission of breaking stereotypes and changing the conversation around motherhood, A Mother and More follows Elvie’s campaign for UK Mother’s Day, #FreetheFeed, where five giant inflatable breasts decorated London’s skyline in order to fight the stigma around breastfeeding and pumping in public. Elvie is also fresh off a $42 million Series B fundraiser, which was the largest investment the femtech category has received to date.
The full A Mother and More portrait gallery, along with the personal stories of each woman, can be viewed here. For more information, visit www.elvie.com.
The winners of the national 2019 Teachers Make a Difference Every Day Photo Contest have been announced by the contest sponsors, the companies of Excelligence Learning Corporation (ChildCare Education Institute, Children’s Factory, Discount School Supply, Educational Products, Inc., Frog Street, Life Cubby and Really Good Stuff). The 847 nominations for top teachers from around the U.S. recount stories of compassion, dedication and enduring love in the classroom. Here are the top three winners and links to their contest entries:
FIRST PLACE ($1,000): Ashley Chauvin (1,704 votes)
Young Audiences Charter School – Gretna, LA
SECOND PLACE ($500): Corinne Luck (1,134 votes)
Kiddie Kingdom – Ashland, VA
THIRD PLACE ($250): Brooke Dunstan (828 votes)
Good Samaritan Child Development Center – Baltimore, MD
A total of 11,311 votes were cast during the designated voting period (April 22-28, 2019), and the contest web page had 89,510 total views! In addition to the top three winners, daily prizes were also awarded from the seven sponsoring companies throughout the nomination period. Daily prizes included Amazon eGift Cards, gift certificates from each of the sponsoring companies, free trainings and more. Visit the social media pages of the sponsoring companies to read about the daily winners. The winners come from various states, backgrounds and philosophies of teaching – and their profiles reflect a deep and enduring commitment to their students, according to the nominations.
“I feel that teachers make a difference everyday by making students feel like they matter and they are enough,” commented First-Place Winner, Ashley Chauvin. “All too many times students come to school feeling as though they don’t meet the expectations of society. In my classroom, every kid is a champion, a rock star, a leader, ENOUGH! This contest has been amazing. It has brought teachers accomplishments into the spotlight. It also created great friendships between me and other contestants. We are now connected through social media and have been sharing tips and tricks. What started as a competition ended as a friendship and further professional development.”
See the complete details on the winners’ entries and the many exceptional teachers here: https://excelligence.wishpond.com/teachers-make-a-difference-every-day-photo-contest/
The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) announces the launch of their third annual America’s State Parks 2019 photo contest. The contest is now accepting photo submissions through June 30, 2019 and provides an opportunity for U.S. residents 18 and over to visually share experiences captured at the nation’s state parks over the last year1.
With a focus on highlighting real-life moments and celebrating the marvelous essence of the country’s public lands, the contest encourages amateur photographers to submit photos taken at a state park within the five categories of camping, wildlife, activities, friends & family, and scenic & seasons. Qualifying submissions will be judged on originality, artistic composition, technical quality, and effectiveness of the image in showcasing the best of America’s state parks.
The contest’s grand prize winner will be awarded a package valued at $2,500, including an RV rental from Outdoorsy, the largest and most trusted RV rental marketplace. Winners will also be selected from each of the contest’s five categories and will each receive a $500 REI gift card, a Luxe Camping Pillow from Klymit and a one year, ten issue subscription to Backpacker Magazine.
“NASPD is excited to continue to offer a forum in which the community can easily connect with each other and share the experiences our state parks have afforded them,” said Lewis Ledford, executive director at National Association of State Park Directors. “We look forward to receiving this year’s submissions and celebrating America’s state parks.”
To ensure the delivery of modern, convenient online experiences to its contest entrants, NASPD engaged its trusted partner, Aspira™, to manage the operations and promotion for the contest. Aspira, the leading provider of technology and marketing services to park and conservation agencies across North America, will utilize its popular online outdoors marketplace, ReserveAmerica.com, to increase awareness of America’s State Parks photo contest.
Interested participants can submit their entries to the official parks photo contest website at AmericasStateParksPhotoContest.ReserveAmerica.com and winners of the contest will be announced in September during the National Association of State Park Directors Conference at www.arkansasstateparks.com/naspd2019.
The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) is devoted to helping state park systems effectively manage and administer their state park system. The mission of the Association is to promote and advance the state park systems of America for their own significance, as well as for their important contributions to the nation’s environment, heritage, health and economy. For more information, visit www.stateparks.org.
On April 30, 2019, the “Rhyme of Water” — Jiangsu Canal International Photo Contest hosted by the Department of Culture and Tourism of Jiangsu Province starts. The contest collects the cultural and tourism photography works of Jiangsu “Canal Village” from photographers around the world.
Water and Jiangsu seem to be born together. The rhythm of water and the nourishment of water have brought prosperity to Jiangsu.
Among all the water systems in Jiangsu, Grand Canal, the World Cultural Heritage, is undoubtedly the most powerful witness of human civilization and wisdom. Jiangsu is in the middle of the Grand Canal with many kinds of intangible cultural heritage along the canal, such as Kunqu, Guqin, Suzhou embroidery, brocade, jade carving, block printing, and traditional wood structure skills.
Where there is water, there are people; where there are people, there are life and stories.
The photos need to reflect the cultural traditions, folk customs, scenery and tourism development of the canal towns in Jiangsu. Each contestant can submit up to 6 works, single or group pictures; it should be color digital work. The size requires a pixel length of 1600-3000, with JPEG format. The resolution should be 300 dpi. The size of a single electronic file is 1.5 MB-5MB; PS and other processing changes to the original image are forbidden; the name of the work shall not display the author’s name, nickname or logo, etc., and shall not be watermarked; the work shall be accompanied by the basic information of the contributor (real name, contact information, etc.) and basic description of the work (place, time, work name).
The bonus is up to 5,000 yuan (including tax).
The e-mail address is [email protected], and the submission deadline is May 15, 2019.
For more information please click: http://t.cn/ESVH78D
SOURCE The Department of Culture and Tourism of Jiangsu Province