Ottawa, Ontario – A New Brunswick student has won the 2009 Bridgestone Photo Contest, after her picture of a snowman family made of tires earned the top honours among 315 photos submitted for the contest’s eighth edition.

Amy Schriver, a photography student at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton, was one of 250 students representing eleven schools in the competition. The caption for the photo is, “Because your family’s safety comes first.”

“My research for a good idea stemmed from a personal past experience crossing the street and almost getting hit by a car,” Schriver said. “I wanted to extend the idea of safety to the entire family, but do so in a cute and humorous way.”

The contest, inaugurated in 2002 by Bridgestone Canada, is intended to communicate the company’s commitment to the community, environment and safety. The student photographers’ challenge is to use their imagination and photographic skills to convey one of the contest themes.

Schriver received a new Sony camera and $3,500 for winning both first place in her educational institution and the national overall grand prize, while her school received a $3,000 donation from Bridgestone Canada to further invest in the program and new equipment.

Two honourable mention awards, the first time the judging committee has chosen more than one, went to Kate Robinson, also from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, and Stephanie Davis from the Nova Scotia Community College.

To see the winning photos, visit Bridgestone.

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