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Release Number: 11-629-NAT
May 4, 2011
Contact: Jesse Lawder      Diana Petterson
Phone: 202-693-4659      202-693-1898
Email: lawder.jesse@dol.gov      petterson.diana@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA launches
'Picture It! Safe Workplaces for Everyone' photo contest

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a nationwide photography contest: Picture It! Safe Workplaces for Everyone. OSHA challenges anyone with a passion for photography to capture an image of workplace safety and health and share it with the agency. The goal of the contest is collaborate with the public – relying on the talent, imagination and creativity of participants - to kick off a national effort to raise awareness about workplace safety and health.

The contest, which is part of OSHA's yearlong 40th anniversary celebration, is open to members of the public ages 18 and older and will run through Friday, Aug. 12. Both professional and amateur photographers are welcome to enter. Participants can find contest rules and submit photographs at http://www.osha.gov/osha40/photo-contest.html.

Photographers may interpret "image of workplace safety and health" in any way they choose; they are not restricted to particular subject matters or themes. Photographs must be taken in the United States and its territories. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded for the most outstanding portrayals of occupational safety and health in terms of artistic value, and ability to raise awareness about safety and health to the general public.

An expert panel of judges – all accomplished professionals in the fields of photography and public affairs – will determine the contest winners. The panel is made up of Earl Dotter, renowned photoj