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Contest broadens dialogue on issues facing Bristol Bay region

Resulting video will showcase views, values of Bristol Bay Shareholders

ANCHORAGE – Most contests end with a prize giveaway; Bristol Bay Native Corporation’s ‘Day in Our Bay’ video contest will begin with one. Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) today announced it will give away video cameras to qualifying BBNC shareholders in the region who agree to use them to take part in a region-wide, interactive, multimedia initiative. The camera giveaway is part of “Day in Our Bay,” a community video event combining digital tools, training and a powerful platform to provide Bristol Bay’s rural populations an innovative way to share their voices, views and values with the world.

The “Day in Our Bay” project also includes a contest to showcase BBNC shareholder stories on a global stage. The contest encourages shareholders in the Bristol Bay region to document their lives and feelings about their land on a single day – October 15 – similar to other video projects such as “A Day on Earth.” Edited pieces of the footage gathered will be included in a film that will be shown in Anchorage in December. Five contest winners will be flown to Anchorage to attend the Anchorage International Film Festival in December 2011 for the debut screening of the film.

“We wanted to do something special for our 40th anniversary, and this project provides a unique opportunity for Alaskans who live in the Bristol Bay region to share their voices and values with the world,” said Jason Metrokin, president and CEO of BBNC. “We are a region that is facing the potential of monumental change, so it’s never been more important for Alaskans and people worldwide to get a better understanding of who we are.”

Professional videographers will travel to between six and 10 Bristol Bay communities Oct. 14-16, to teach video workshops to participants. BBNC is purchasing digital video cameras to leave behind, so those interested in participating will have a way to collect and submit their videos. A panel of judges will award prizes in a variety of categories, looking for originality, sincerity, content and creativity. Along the way, the filmmaker mentors will be filming interviews and documenting the process. Ultimately, video submitted in the contest will be used by professional editors to create an eight- to ten-minute movie that allows Bristol Bay residents to talk about their lives and region in unexpected ways. That video will be featured during the Anchorage International Film Festival, Dec. 2-11, 2011 in Anchorage.

The deadline to submit videos for consideration in the contest is Oct. 20, and selected winners will be announced at the festival. For details and Day in Our Bay video contest rules, visit www.dayinourbay.org. Follow the contest on Twitter or Facebook. Questions can be emailed to dayinourbay@gmail.com or call Mary Katzke at 907-222-6897.

 About BBNC

Bristol Bay Native Corporation is one of 13 Regional Corporations formed under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971. The corporation is a diversified company with investment and business holdings in a stock portfolio and petroleum distribution, construction services, oilfield and industrial services and government services. The corporation has roughly 9,000 Eskimo, Aleut and Athabascan shareholders with ancestral ties to the Bristol Bay region. For more information, see www.bbnc.net.

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