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Voting For Sigma Contest Ends April 1

3/28/2011 02:15:56 PM Eastern

Ronkonkoma, N.Y. - Voting for the top high school photographer in
Sigma America's annual photography scholarship contest will conclude April 1.

The top five vote-getters will become finalists for a photography
scholarship comprised of $5,000 in cash and $1,000 in Sigma photography gear.

A total of 167 high school seniors from across the nation are in
contention this year. Company executives will select the ultimate winner from
among the five finalists selected by online voters.

The winner will be announced April 18.

To view submissions and cast a vote, visit the Sigma scholarship
submissions page
.

"The number of entries grew by 30 percent, and the content and
quality of the students' submissions continues to amaze us," said Mark
Amir-Hamzeh, Sigma America president. "Some of the contestants have nearly
2,000 votes right now. It's going to be a tough decision this year, but we are
extremely honored to help one high school senior start his or her career."

Submissions for the contest started on Nov. 15, 2010, and
applicants were required to submit three to five thematically tied photographs
along with a brief essay describing their creative process in capturing and
selecting the images.

The annual scholarship contest is open to students pursuing a
higher education in such industries as photography, photojournalism, graphic
arts and design, visual arts and art history.