Outdoor Photographer Wins Trip to National Geographic 2008 “Adventurer of the Year” Gala

Outdoor photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki has won the Grand Prize in a National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine contest to receive two all-access passes to the 2008 Adventurer of the Year Celebration.

Rockford, MI, October 28, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Outdoor photographer Stacy Niedzwiecki has won the Grand Prize in a National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine contest to receive two all-access passes to the 2008 Adventurer of the Year Celebration. Niedzwiecki was chosen after submitting a short statement describing a favorite adventure destination in 150 words or less. She and her husband will travel to Washington, D.C. to coincide with the Adventurer of the Year Celebration in November.

“This is an amazing coincidence. The contest was open to the general public – but ironically – they unknowingly selected a nature photographer. I’ve admired the stories and images featured in National Geographic since I was a kid,” Niedzwiecki said. “What could be more exciting for a photographer than being at the National Geographic Headquarters? I’ll have chance to meet with people who have big dreams, huge ambitions - and actually go on to achieve them. I’m certain the entire experience will be fascinating and inspirational.”

Stacy admits that when she first received an email stating she had won the prize, she didn't believe she had won. "I found the email in my inbox in the evening, so I was awake most of the night. I had to wait until the National Geographic offices opened - the next morning - to call and confirm it was real!” This will also be the first trip to Washington, D.C. for the Michigan artist, and she is looking forward to the photographic opportunities the area will offer. Niedzwiecki’s trip includes four-day, three-night accommodations at the Madison Hotel and entrance for two to the event, courtesy of the National Geographic Society.

National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year Celebration is an annual event that honors those in the world of adventure whose extraordinary achievements have expanded our sense of what is humanly possible, and also salutes the best new products on the market that have made adventure sports safer and more fulfilling. The honorees are selected by National Geographic Adventure's editors and their Retail Advisory Board.

The event will be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. on November 20, 2008. Niedzwiecki and her husband Russ will meet explorers from around the globe and ADVENTURE editors at the high-profile event honoring the extraordinary people, landmark achievements, and innovative gear featured in the "Best of Adventure" year-end issue. Presented by National Geographic Adventure magazine and South African Tourism, the Adventurer of the Year celebration includes video clips from the winners' adventures in the field, as well as music, food and entertainment. Raffle prizes include a trip for two to South Africa, courtesy of South African Airways and Mountain Travel Sobek, and many items from the best gear of the year. Additional sponsors of the event include Asics, Drambuie, Eagle Creek, G.H. Mumm, Nature Valley, Petzl, REI and Surefire.

Special appearances at the event will include previous Adventurer of the Year honorees Andrew Skurka and Colin & Julie Angus. In 2007, Skurka hiked the Great Western Loop in 208 days—a 6,875-mile journey. In 2006, the Anguses circumnavigated the globe on their own power, walking, rowing, and biking more than 26,000 miles over a record 720 days.

National Geographic ADVENTURE:

National Geographic ADVENTURE is a magazine for people who actively pursue outdoor sports and global travel and want to know what's happening now - and what's coming next - in the world of adventure. Its hallmarks are great writing from some of the best journalists working today, photography that stands firmly in the National Geographic tradition, and detailed guides that help readers plan and experience adventures of their own. Since launching in April 1999, ADVENTURE's rate base has steadily risen to 600,000 and now reaches 2.4 million readers, more than any other magazine in its genre. Website: www.ngadventure.com

The Photographer:

Stacy Niedzwiecki leverages her talents in digital photography and digital art. Her fascination with nature’s beauty has found its way through the camera lens, earning awards in many art and photography competitions. Her work has been featured in the Michigan 24/7 photography book, Whisper in the Woods Nature Journal, the Rockford Squire newspaper, Michigan Blue magazine and the Explore St. Louis Official Visitors’ Guide. Her work can be seen at www.MichiganMoments.com and www.StacyN.com.

From September 30 through October 13, 2007, Niedzwiecki was the guest of the Glen Arbor Art Association, as the featured Artist in Residence. During the residency program, her work emphasized the ecosystem of the Sleeping Bear and Leelanau areas. The images created during this period are used to educate the public on the importance of conservation of this unique area of Michigan.

Her most recent honored accomplishment is the installation of 46 of her nature images at the permanent art collection in the new Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion, which opened June 30, 2008 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Additionally, in August of 2008, two of Stacy’s artworks were selected to hang on display through July 2009 at the Governor’s Residence in Lansing as part of the Governor’s Residence Michigan Artists Program. Conducted by the program in conjunction with the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and the Midland Center for the Arts, the jurying ran in three phases that culminated in selection of the works in the third round by the First Family. Niedzwiecki will be attending the artists’ reception hosted at the Governor’s residence on Monday, November 10, 2008.

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