New contest seeks 2012 RE/MAX Ballunar Festival photos
RE/MAX of Texas announces photo contest winner, new contest for festival
Houston, TX – Sept. 27, 2012 – League City resident John Stanisich is the winner of the RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Photography Contest for a submission he took during the media day launch last year, early in the morning before work. The contest asked participants to submit an original photograph of a “hot air balloon or other imagery celebrating mankind’s interest in flight and discovery.”
A new contest will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, an hour before the festival begins. The new contest is specifically seeking photos taken during this weekend’s RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival and will end at 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 8.
Stanisich, who submitted his photo through his Facebook account with the name of Guppy M., will receive a free ride in the RE/MAX hot air balloon during the 2012 RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival for receiving the most votes in a social media-based photography contest sponsored by RE/MAX of Texas. Stanisich’s photo received 159 votes – exactly three times as many votes as the next most popular photo.
“You don’t know how thrilled I am!” Stanisich said, when notified he won the contest. “Every year I chase balloons during the Ballunar Festival. It’s actually one of the weekends I look most forward to all year. I wake the family up early, pile into the car and go find where the balloons are launching. We like to be right on top of the action! Then while they are in flight, we find those balloons that overshoot NASA and catch them putting down. My daughter will jump in and help put the balloons away.”
The new photo contest that begins when the festival starts invites the public – amateurs and professionals alike – to submit photos of hot air balloons and other sights from the festival at NASA Johnson Space Center on Sept. 28-30. The 2012 RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival begins Friday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday, Sept. 30 at noon.
For this contest, participants can enter the contest by either visiting the photo contest here: http://woobox.com/ftfa6x or by e-mailing their photos to firstname.lastname@example.org after 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 right before the festival starts. See the photo contest here: http://woobox.com/ftfa6x?web=1 and vote on your favorite submitted photo or submit your own. The winner of this photo contest will be announced on Oct. 9, will be contacted and will then be able to choose a date for a RE/MAX hot air balloon ride later this year or next. See the contest’s official rules. Links to the contest and more information are available on the RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival website, www.ballunarfestival.com.
The RE/MAX Ballunar Liftoff Festival, sponsored by the City of Nassau Bay, is produced by hundreds of Clear Lake-area volunteers in conjunction with a Board of Directors comprised of various community leaders. The event opens Friday, September 28 at 6 p.m. with festivities continuing throughout the weekend.
For the first time half-price tickets will be sold online at www.ballunarfestival.com for $10 per vehicle; at-the-gate admission is just $20 per vehicle, including free onsite parking at Johnson Space Center.
The festival thanks its returning partners who make the event possible: RE/MAX of Texas, City of Nassau Bay, KHOU 11, Chron.com, M.D. Anderson Regional Care Center in Clear Lake, Select 55, Ford, Lockheed Martin, Texas Children’s Hospital and SAIC.
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