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Penguin Days photo contest, 'SEAsonings' fundraiser at Aquarium of Niagara

by jmaloni
Thu, Feb 23rd 2012 07:00 am

Join the Aquarium of Niagara in celebrating the fourth annual Penguin Days.

On your next visit to the Aquarium of Niagara, snap a few shots of its favorite birds, or send in photos taken of other penguins.

A good opportunity to see the aquarium's penguins and its other attractions, plus sample a variety of food and wine, will be at the facility's annual fundraiser, "SEAsonings," from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the aquarium, 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls. The $45-per-ticket event provides food samplings by local wineries, restaurants and food vendors, a raffle and a basket auction. For reservations, call 285-3575, ext. 206.

The aquarium also is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In the penguin photo contest, three winners will be chosen: first place, second place and honorable mention. Each entrant may submit between one and five photographs of penguins in either black and white or color (no slides).

Mail photographs and required entry form to the Aquarium of Niagara, Exhibits Department, at 701 Whirlpool St., Niagara Falls, NY, 14305, by March 13. For more information, contact the events department at 285-3575, ext. 206, or email [email protected].

Finalists may be asked to submit model releases of recognizable subjects, signed by the person(s) appearing in the photograph.

The first-prize winner will receive a penguin encounter; the second-prize winner will receive an 8-by-10-inch unframed piece of art by a penguin from the aquarium; and the honorable mention winner will receive a 4-by-6-inch unframed piece of art by a penguin from the aquarium. Each winner will also receive an award certificate, a matted enlargement of the photo and media recognition. The enlarged photograph will be displayed at the aquarium's annual Penguin Days Celebration on March 24 to 25.

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