Yuri's Night Announces Winners Of 2011 Space Contest Series

Over the last two months, Yuri’s Night has received hundreds of outstanding and inspiring space-themed videos, photos, and advertisements from around the world, and even more entries for our Global Sweepstakes. Without further ado, here are the winners and runners-up for each of our contests:

“Call To Humanity” Ad Contest
Winner: “Start Exploring”, Alex Herwig – http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150260006263056 (http://yur.is/adwinner)
Runner-up: “Looking Up”, Daniel Alan – http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150219984427174 (http://yur.is/adrunnerup)
People’s Choice Award: “Evolution”, BK Power – http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1811466699348 (http://yur.is/adpca)

OpenLuna Video Contest
Winner: “50 Years Of Spaceflight In 50 Seconds” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h3TgkAqftg (http://yur.is/video1st)
Runner-up: “Exploration. Change. Yuri.” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-elnHMb7lA (http://yur.is/video2nd)
Second runner-up: “Yuri’s Overground” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5XeWIQZ82U (http://yur.is/video3rd)

Global Space Sweepstakes
Winner: Patrick K. of Southport, England

As a reminder, the winners of the Ad Contest and Global Space Sweepstakes will each receive a free space-themed trip to Russia, sponsored by Space Travellers, where they will take part in exciting activities such as a ‘zero-G’ flight and the observation of a Soyuz launch from Baikonur. The winner of the OpenLuna Video Contest receives a $500 cash prize, the winner of the Ad Contest People’s Choice Award receives an exciting collection of space-themed goodies provided by ThinkGeek and others, and all runners-up will receive other space-related prizes.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest people have shown in these contests and the number of fantastic entries we’ve received,” said Assistant Director Brice Russ. “We’d like to thank our sponsors, our guest judges, and everyone else who helped out or submitted an entry. We look forward to working with this fantastic community of artists, designers and editors in the future to help bring the celebration of human spaceflight to the world.”

To see all the entries for the Ad Contest, visit our Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/yurisnight?sk=photos. To view the “Final 8” entries for the OpenLuna Video Contest, visit the Yuri’s Night YouTube account at http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=EF8C7A4E1E1D8E6C. More information about the YN11 Space Contest Series can be found at http://www.yurisnight.net/contests.

Yuri’s Night is a non-profit organization dedicated to commemorating humanity’s past and celebrating humanity’s future in space by holding educational and entertainment events each April 12, the date of Yuri Gagarin’s first human spaceflight and the first launch of the Space Shuttle.

Space Travellers, “the world’s first commercial space agency”, is a Germany-based company dedicated to providing spaceflight-related events and experiences.

OpenLuna is a volunteer organization founded with the goal of returning mankind to the moon via private enterprise.

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