National Geographic Kids Announces Grand-Prize Winner of International Photography Contest for Kids

North Carolina 13-Year-Old Awarded U.S. Grand Prize; Dutch 13-Year-Old Takes Worldwide Title

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With his photo titled “Bridge of Mystery,” 13-year-old Logan Wagner has captured the grand prize in the U.S. competition of the National Geographic Kids International Photography Contest, winning an eight-day National Geographic Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks Family Adventure. (natgeokids.com/contests/ipc-winners)

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2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids: U.S. GRAND PRIZE: Logan Wagner. Title of photo: Bridge of Mystery. Description: A foggy day on the Mile High Swinging Bridge of Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. DOB: 1-21-2003 (12 years old) City/State: Cornelius, North Carolina

National Geographic Kids teaches kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and make it a better place. It inspires young adventurers through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core.

Wagner’s photo was selected from nearly 3,000 U.S. entries from young photographers across four categories: Amazing Animals (photos of pets, zoo animals or wild animals); Dare to Explore (photos of outdoor scenery); Weird But True (photos that capture something odd or funny); and Wild Vacation (photos taken during vacation travels).

Open to children ages 6 to 14, the four category winners in the U.S. competition were:

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2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): AMAZING ANIMALS 1st Place Winner’s name: Kathryn Kovacic Title of photo: Green Tree Snake. Description: A green tree snake wraps itself around a tree. DOB: 4-7-2006 (9 years old) City/State: Kennesaw, Georgia

Kathryn Kovacic, 9, Kennesaw, Georgia — Amazing Animals

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2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids: U.S. GRAND PRIZE/Dare to Explore 1st Place Winner: Logan Wagner. Title of photo: Bridge of Mystery. Description: A foggy day on the Mile High Swinging Bridge of Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina. DOB: 1-21-2003 (12 years old) City/State: Cornelius, North Carolina

Logan Wagner, 13, Cornelius, North Carolina — Dare to Explore

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2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): Weird But True 1st Place Winner’s name: Chase Rodi. Title of photo: Thermal Pool Of Yellowstone. Description: This photo shows the weird and mystifying colors of the thermal pool in Yellowstone National Park. The colors are actually made up of very old bacteria boiling water. DOB: 4-23-2002 (13 years old). City/State: San Diego, California

Chase Rodi, 13, San Diego, California — Weird But True

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2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): Wild Vacation 1st Place Winner’s name: Henry Downing. Title of photo: Over Our Heads. Description: N/A DOB: 1-5-2005 (10 years old). City/State: McCamey, Texas

Henry Downing, 11, McCamey, Texas — Wild Vacation

The photos from each of the four U.S. category winners, along with the worldwide grand-prize winner, will be featured in the May 2016 U.S. edition of National Geographic Kids magazine, reaching approximately four million U.S. readers.

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2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): AMAZING ANIMALS 2nd Place Winner: Anna Henderson. Title of photo: Peaceful Praying Mantis. Description: A green praying mantis with a blue background, standing there waiting for a snack. DOB: 5-2-2003 (12 years old). City/State: Crozet, Virginia

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2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): DARE TO EXPLORE 2nd Place Winner: Emily Crofoot. Title of photo: Motorcycle at the Lake. Description: N/A DOB: 1-1-2003 (12 years old). City/State: Sacramento, California

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2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US Competition): Weird But True 2nd Place Winner’s name: Madison Raymo. Title of photo: Airplane Over the Moon. Description: N/A DOB: 3-7-2002 (13 years old) City/State: Emmett, Michigan

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2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (US): Wild Vacation 2nd Place Winner’s name: Madison Bell. Title of photo: Sunset Ride. Description: A kite surfer rides the waves at Huntington Beach, CA. DOB: 12-8-2000 (14 years old). City/State: Smyrna, Georgia

Photography is an excellent way for people — and especially kids — to show their perspective on the world. What they produce is eye-catching, inventive and sometimes surprising, and we continue to be impressed by the contest entries,” said Rachel Buchholz, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Kids magazine (U.S.). “This year, we not only expanded our contest to Australia/New Zealand and Portugal, but we also received the largest number of entries in the worldwide competition. It’s encouraging to see kids actively participating in photography and engaged in the world around them.”

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2015 National Geographic International Photography Contest for Kids (International): Grand Prize Winner / 1st Place Amazing Animals: Senne Mensink Age: 13, Netherlands. Title: Grasshopper on Sunflower Leaf. Description: This grasshopper is eating a leaf. I took this photo in the garden, there was the grasshopper eating.  He had eaten a hole in the leaf.  The sun was shining, that’s why you can see the body through the leaf.  I took the picture with my mother’s phone. This was in the summer.

In the worldwide contest, 13-year-old Senne Mensink from the Netherlands won the 2015 International Photography Contest grand prize for her close-up portrait of a grasshopper peeking through a leaf. She has won a five-day, four-night trip to Washington, D.C., and a tour of National Geographic headquarters. Continue reading

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One Night Only: The Light in the Piazza 10th Anniversary Reunion Concert

A Gala Benefit For Lincoln Center Theater At The Vivian Beaumont Theater

Book by Craig Lucas

Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel

Directed by Bartlett Sher

with Victoria Clark, Matthew Morrison, Kelli O’Hara and other original cast members of the Tony Award-winning musical

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Tony-Award winners Victoria Clark and Kelli O’Hara in The Light in The Piazza. THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA opened at Lincoln Center Theater in April 2005 and enjoyed a long run of 540 performances.

On Monday, April 4 at 6:30pm, the sun-drenched piazzas of Florence will return to the Vivian Beaumont Theater stage for one night only when members of the original cast of Lincoln Center Theater’s Tony Award-winning musical THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA gather for a 10th anniversary reunion concert which will also serve as LCT’s Annual Benefit.

Based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer, THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA is set in the summer of 1953 and tells the story of a mother (Victoria Clark) and daughter (Kelli O’Hara) traveling through Italy, the daughter’s romance with a handsome, high-spirited Florentine (Matthew Morrison), and the mother’s determined efforts to keep the two apart.

Clark, Morrison, and O’Hara will be joined by their fellow original cast members Michael Berresse, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Patti Cohenour, Beau Gravitte, Mark Harelik, Felicity LaFortune, and Joseph Siravo for the evening. The concert will be conducted by original musical director and co-orchestrator Ted Sperling.

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA opened at Lincoln Center Theater in April 2005 and enjoyed a long run of 540 performances. The musical won six 2005 Tony Awards including Best Actress (Clark) and Best Score (Adam Guettel), as well as Tony Awards for its orchestrations (Ted Sperling and Adam Guettel), sets (Michael Yeargan), costumes (Catherine Zuber) and lighting (Christopher Ackerlind).

This one-night-only event is a benefit for Lincoln Center Theater, with proceeds supporting LCT’s productions and education programs. Eric and Stacey Mindich are the Gala evening’s Co-Chairs.

For information about benefit tables and tickets, which include best orchestra seats to the concert and dinner with the company, please contact Karin Schall, Manager of Special Events, at schall@lct.org or 212.501.3251. Gala tickets start at $2,500. (At this time, concert-only tickets are sold out.)

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea Announces “Grown-Up Spring Break,” April 13 through June 19, 2016

The Resort Invites Guests To Abandon The Daily Grind For A Well-Deserved Vacation In Paradise.

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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Starting this April 13 through June 19, Four Seasons Resort Maui will present Grown-Up Spring Break as the perfect escape for couples, friends, or single travelers. Grown-Up Spring Break is one of the special initiatives the resort has planned for guests as part of its 2016 “The Best Keeps Getting Better” campaign. Serving travelers for the past 25 years, the iconic luxury resort is eager to keep building on the foundation that has created its legendary status: intuitive service, understated elegance, and luxurious amenities. Grown-Up Spring Break promises all this and more.

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Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea – SERENITY POOL SWIM-UP BAR

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Maui’s first and only Forbes Five-Star resort is offering the best rates of the year with no resort fee along with a busy schedule of activities, many of which are complimentary. And there’s more: guests who book the popular “Experience More” package can receive up to USD 200 in resort credit per night, which can be applied toward the renowned spa, upscale boutiques, or award-winning restaurants.

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The adult spring break calendar will include complimentary extras including local craft beer tastings, cooking classes, pool parties, snorkeling, outrigger canoe paddling, morning yoga classes and many other activities. The resort is offering its most popular fitness class, stand-up paddleboard yoga, on a complimentary basis exclusively for this time period. For those looking to discover more of the island, the concierge is standing by with recommendations from exhilarating helicopter tours to picturesque sunset sails. Continue reading

2016 SAG Awards: ‘Spotlight’, DiCaprio, Larson Take Top Film Honors. Now On to The Oscars

Last night, the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® honored outstanding performances from 2015 in film and television, including the distinctive ensemble awards. The coveted Actor® statuettes was handed out at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center during a live simulcast on TNT and TBS.

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A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2015 SAG Life Achievement Award to Carol Burnett. The comedic trailblazer, actor, singer, dancer, producer and author received the SAG 52nd Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. It is presented annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession.” The SAG Life Achievement Award joined Burnett’s record of preeminent industry honors, which includes a Peabody Award, the Television Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award, multiple Emmy Awards®, five Golden Globe Awards, five American Comedy Awards, 12 People’s Choice Awards, an Ace Award, a Horatio Alger Award, both Crystal and Lucy Awards from Women in Film, the TV Land Legend Award, the Jimmy Stewart Museum’s Harvey Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a special Tony®, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and both a Kennedy Center Honor and its Mark Twain Prize for Humor.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: Honoree Carol Burnett poses in the press room during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_015 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Turner)

Previous SAG Life Achievement recipients include Debbie Reynolds, Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, James Earl Jones, Charles Durning, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple Black, James Garner, Karl Malden, Clint Eastwood, Edward Asner, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Sidney Poitier, Kirk Douglas, Elizabeth Taylor, Angela Lansbury, Robert Redford and George Burns, among others. A complete list of the 51 previous Life Achievement Award recipients can be found at www.sagawards.org.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, winner of the Male Actor in a Leading Role award for ‘The Revenant’ poses in the press room during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_015 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Turner)

HERE’S THE COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS:

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: SPOTLIGHT (Open Road Films)

Cast: BILLY CRUDUP / Eric MacLeish; BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES / Matty Carroll; MICHAEL KEATON / Walter “Robby” Robinson; RACHEL McADAMS / Sacha Pfeiffer; MARK RUFFALO / Michael Rezendes; LIEV SCHREIBER / Marty Baron; JOHN SLATTERY / Ben Bradlee, Jr. and STANLEY TUCCI / Mitchell Garabedian

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: (L-R) Actors Billy Crudup, John Slattery, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d’Arcy James and Rachel McAdams accept the Cast in a Motion Picture award for ‘Spotlight’ onstage during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_021 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / Hugh Glass – “THE REVENANT” (20th Century Fox)

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: Actress Brie Larson accepts the Female Actor in a Leading Role award for ‘Room’ onstage during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_021 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Turner)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: BRIE LARSON / Ma – “ROOM” (A24)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series”: DOWNTON ABBEY (Masterpiece/PBS)

Cast: HUGH BONNEVILLE / Robert, Earl of Grantham; LAURA CARMICHAEL / Lady Edith Crawley; JIM CARTER / Mr. Carson; RAQUEL CASSIDY / Baxter; BRENDAN COYLE / Mr. Bates; TOM CULLEN / Anthony Gillingham; MICHELLE DOCKERY / Lady Mary Crawley; KEVIN DOYLE / Mr. Molesley; JOANNE FROGGATT / Anna Bates; LILY JAMES / Lady Rose; ROBERT JAMES-COLLIER / Thomas Barrow; ALLEN LEECH / Tom Branson; PHYLLIS LOGAN / Mrs. Hughes; ELIZABETH McGOVERN / Cora, Countess of Grantham; SOPHIE McSHERA / Daisy; LESLEY NICOL / Mrs. Patmore; JULIAN OVENDEN / Charles Blake; DAVID ROBB / Dr. Clarkson; MAGGIE SMITH / Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham and PENELOPE WILTON / Isobel Crawley

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: Actor Kevin Spacey, winner of the Male Actor in a Drama Series award for ‘House of Cards’ poses in the press room during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_015 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Turner)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: KEVIN SPACEY / Francis Underwood – “HOUSE OF CARDS” (Netflix)

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: Actress Viola Davis, winner of the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for “How to Get Away with Murder,” poses backstage at the The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_014 (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Turner)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: VIOLA DAVIS / Annalise Keating – “HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER” (ABC)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: IDRIS ELBA / DCI John Luther – “LUTHER” (BBC America)

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: Actress Queen Latifah, winner of the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries award for ‘Bessie,’ poses in the press room during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_015 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Turner)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: QUEEN LATIFAH / Bessie Smith – “BESSIE” (HBO)

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LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 30: Actor Idris Elba, winner of Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for ‘Beasts of No Nation,’ and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for ‘Luther,’ poses in the press room during The 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 25650_015 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Turner)

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