BridgestoneFredericton, New Brunswick – A photography student at Calgary’s Alberta College of Art and Design has won the 2010 Bridgestone Photo Contest. Karen Borle earned top honours from among 471 photos submitted by 285 students representing eleven schools.

The 2010 edition is the ninth year of the contest, which aims to communicate the company’s commitments to the community, environment and safety. The student photographer’s challenge is to use his or her imagination and photographic skills to convey one of the contest themes.

“I am proud that I was able to relay a message that everyone can relate to when it comes to safety,” Borle said. “My main idea behind the photo was to show that when you are buying new tires, you are thinking about your family and their safety. I am grateful to have been selected to win this contest.”

Borle’s winning entry depicted children’s drawings of their families on a refrigerator. Each family also includes a tire in the lineup of parents and children with the slogan, “You trust them so much they become part of the family.”

Borle won a Nikon D90 camera and $3,500 for winning both first place in her school and the national overall grand prize. The judges also presented the Winning School award to the Nova Scotia Community College, and an Honourable Mention to Jennifer Pattison from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. To see the winning photos from this and other years, visit Bridgestone.

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