Edmonton, Alberta – A student at Algonquin College in Ottawa has won the 2008 Bridgestone Photo contest. Lisa Beaton, a first-year student, submitted a photo of a snowflake made of tires, with the slogan, “Winter’s coming. Shouldn’t you be prepared?”

Inaugurated in 2002 by Bridgestone Canada, the contest is intended to communicate the company’s commitment to the community, environment and safety. Student photographers are challenged to convey a theme through solid skills and a strong social message.

A record 290 students, representing 12 schools from eight provinces, entered 377 photographs. The contest is open to students enrolled in commercial photography studies at twelve pre-selected Canadian post-secondary schools, who photograph a Bridgestone-brand tire in an artistic context.

Honourable Mention went to Elise Bouchard of Alma, Quebec, who submitted a photograph of a clown strapped in a tire and fastening his seatbelt, suggesting that safety is no laughing matter. The prize money was divided between the two, as well as the top three photographers in each of the 12 competing schools. To see the photos, visit Bridgestone.

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