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E-M:/ SWUP Video Challenge Voting begins




Save The Wild UP invites EVERYONE

to vote in the Video Challenge Finals.

Twelve video entries, submitted via YouTube, will be whittled down to the finalists by our panel of judges over the weekend. All of the videos illustrated the integral part that water plays in our beautiful region. Andy McFarlane, web consultant to Save the Wild UP, launched the Video Challenge because of the unique opportunity to engage people far and wide in the effort to protect Michigan?s rivers, streams, and lakes.

Everyone is encouraged to participate in the online voting that will identify a grand prize winner, as well as first and second place finishers, from the field of finalists.

Online voting will commence June 4 through June 14.

Remember, you can vote as many times as you like!

Winners will be announced on June 16

at The Water Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

As if the $2,500 cash prize isn?t enough, the grand prize winner will also enjoy a two-night, three-day stay at a lakeside retreat with all the amenities, including canoes, kayaks, and fishing gear. A guided hike, dinner at the Thunder Bay Inn, and a logger?s breakfast at the Big Bay Corner store are also included.

Winning videos may also be used on a variety of websites and in other media, according to McFarlane, who says that the lure of the unknown is what makes this Video Challenge especially exciting.

Thank you to all the participants for sharing their thoughts, passion and wonderful videos. Good Luck!

Also, check out beautiful and inspiring photos at

Flickr and SaveTheWildUP.org