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Regional photographers will compete for exclusive prizes and the chance to see their photos on specially themed Budweiser coasters designed to raise Great Lakes awareness this summer.


MADISON, Wis. - This summer, Biodiversity Project and Budweiser are asking amateur and professional adult photographers to grab their cameras and head to the Great Lakes.  The Madison, Wisconsin–based non-profit group is launching a Great Lakes photo contest with prizes donated by Anheuser-Busch.  First-place finishers in each category will receive specially designed Budweiser Trek bicycles.  The top two winning photos will also be featured on Budweiser beer coasters with Great Lakes awareness messages.  The coasters will be distributed to bars and restaurants throughout the Great Lakes region.


“We are proud to be working with Anheuser-Busch again this year to preserve and protect one of our nation’s most precious resources,” notes Jeffrey Potter, coordinator of the Great Lakes Forever program.  “The Lakes are threatened by invasive species, sewage overflows, wetland loss, global warming and more, but it’s not too late to save them.  We hope this contest will be a fun, unique and creative way to inspire more people to take action to protect this international treasure.”


This is the third year that Anheuser-Busch, the nation’s leading brewer and one of the world’s largest recyclers of aluminum cans, has joined Biodiversity Project to help protect the world’s largest fresh water resource.  The photo contest and beer coasters are part of a larger public education initiative by Biodiversity Project called Great Lakes Forever.  Since 2004, this initiative has worked to raise awareness of the Great Lakes and protect the valuable, but vulnerable natural heritage of the region.  In addition to supporting the coaster photo contest, Budweiser has made a $15,000 donation to Great Lakes Forever for education and awareness programs that focus on protecting water quality.


“Each day, we depend on the Great Lakes for water, food, transportation and recreation,” said Paul Simmons, Budweiser brand manager. “Partnering with Biodiversity Project on this program will help raise awareness of the environmental issues that threaten the Great Lakes. Helping protect the Lakes now will ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy them as we do today.”


Photographers may enter images that highlight the natural beauty of the Great Lakes.  There are categories for both amateur and professional photographers, with prizes for the top three images in each category being determined through online voting.  The deadline for submitting photos is July 2, 2007.  Interested photographers should visit www.greatlakesforever.org to download their submission form and learn more about the contest rules.


Biodiversity Project’s Great Lakes Forever program also includes special broadcasts on Wisconsin Public Television, educational state park signs, radio and print ads, and the Web site where residents may learn more about the Lakes and other ways to become involved.





Great Lakes Forever is a program of Biodiversity Project. Biodiversity Project advocates for biodiversity by designing and implementing innovative communication strategies that build and motivate a broad constituency to protect biodiversity. A national organization based in Madison, Wisconsin, the Biodiversity Project has worked with leaders in policy, advocacy, education, science, religious and grantmaking fields since 1995. For more information, visit www.biodiversityproject.org and www.greatlakesforever.org.


Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch is the leading American brewer, holding a 48.4 percent share of U.S. beer sales.  The company brews the world’s largest-selling beers, Budweiser and Bud Light.  Anheuser-Busch also owns a 50 percent share in Grupo Modelo, Mexico’s leading brewer, and a 27 percent share in China brewer Tsingtao, whose namesake beer brand is the country’s best-selling premium beer.  Anheuser-Busch ranked No. 1 among beverage companies in FORTUNE Magazine’s Most Admired U.S. Companies list in 2007.  Anheuser-Busch is one of the largest theme park operators in the United States, is a major manufacturer of aluminum cans and one of the world’s largest recyclers of aluminum cans.  For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.



Jeffrey Potter

Director of Communications Programs

Biodiversity Project

214 N. Henry St. #201

Madison, WI  53703


P:  608-250-9876 x12

F:  608-204-9768


Donate and learn more online:  www.biodiversityproject.org

Help the Great Lakes, visit:      www.greatlakesforever.org

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