Thursday, August 26, 2010

4 Will Evaluate 5 So 1 Can Win a $45,000 Antarctic Cruise to an Emperor Penguin Rookery

/PRNewswire/ -- In June, Quark Expeditions and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment launched a travel contest that invited North Americans to share their passion for the environment. The prize is a $45,000 icebreaker expedition for two to Antarctica accompanied by SeaWorld Animal Ambassador, Julie Scardina. A week before the contest ends, the contest sponsors have announced the names of the winner selection committee. From SeaWorld, Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina, and her colleague Randy Anger will review the entries of the five finalists with Quark Expeditions' Bill Davis and Shawn Hernden.

The contest rules state that the committee must include people with experience in wildlife protection. Julie Scardina and Bill Davis are amply qualified. Julie has spent a lifetime promoting wildlife conservation as Animal Ambassador for SeaWorld. Bill Davis has sailed to the polar regions as an Expedition Leader 200 times. He has shared the need for wildlife conservation with thousands of passengers during his 17 year career. Bill counts the opportunities to share the adventure while educating people about the importance of conservation as highlights of a life that includes time as divemaster and as a student at Scott Polar Research Institute of Cambridge University.

More than 200 people have posted why they should adventure with Julie, while 10,500 people have shown their support for the entrants by voting for their favorite. The five most popular entrants at noon eastern daylight time, August 31, 2010 will be eligible to win.

The Antarctic Travel Prize

In addition to return airfare for two from the nearest international gateway to Ushuaia, Argentina, the prize includes a twin cabin aboard the icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov on the October 13 to 26, 2010 departure of the Emperor Penguins: Snow Hill Island Safari. Guests will spend 3 days at the most northerly Emperor Penguin rookery in the world, near Snow Hill Island in Antarctica's Weddell Sea.

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