(From left to right: Pictured with their winning photos, photo contest winners and Vale employees, Dan MacMillan, Darren Hodder and Sarah Desjardins are awarded underground tours of a Vale mine in Sudbury by Danica Pagnutti, Corporate Affairs Specialist, Vale. The prizes were donated by the winners to Tannys Laughren, Executive Director of the Northern Cancer Foundation and Wayne Tonnelli, President of Miners for Cancer)

Prizes donated to Miners for Cancer

For Immediate Release

Sudbury, June 15, 2012 – The Sudbury Mining Week committee announced the winners of the first annual Sudbury Mining Week Photo Contest today. Sarah Desjardins entered the People and Mining category and won Best Overall Photo. Darren Hodder won the Mining Innovation category and Dan MacMillan won the Mining and the Environment category.

The Sudbury Mining Week Photo Contest was launched in 2012 by the Sudbury Mining Week Committee to encourage amateur photographers to share their mining experiences and showcase all that the industry has to offer.

“We are very pleased with the results of the photo contest,” said Nicole Tardif, Chair of the Sudbury Mining Week Committee. “Each of the winning photos showcases mining in Sudbury in its own unique way. We really appreciate these individuals taking the time to submit their photos and share their experience with us.”

The contestants loaded their photos to and the public was invited to vote on their favourite photo. The photos with the most votes in each category won. The photo with the most votes out of all the submissions won best overall. The contest website was linked to Facebook and Twitter, which helped to boost awareness about the contest and Sudbury Mining Week in social media.

The contest has three categories including People and Mining, Mining and the Environment and Mining Innovation. Each category winner wins an underground tour for two at a Vale mine and the best overall winner also wins a photography course from Henry’s in Sudbury. Interestingly, all of the winners work at Vale in underground environments, so they have decided to donate their tour prizes to Miners for Cancer.

Miners for Cancer will work with the Northern Cancer Foundation to find individuals who have received cancer treatment that would really enjoy an underground tour of a real working mine. Wayne Tonelli, President of Miners for Cancer, was on-hand at the event to meet the contest winners and receive the donated prizes.

“Vale employees have always been very generous to Miners for Cancer,” said Tonelli. “It is very kind of these individuals to donate an underground mine tour that is a part of their everyday working lives but that could be an exciting and uplifting adventure for someone who has received cancer treatment.”

For more information, please contact:

Nicole Tardif, Chair
Sudbury Mining Week
(705) 675-1151 ext. 2273