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Digital Imaging "Takes the Cake" at Star Wars-themed Wedding

HP Digital "Do-over" Contest Winners Announced

A short time ago in a galaxy not too far away (Vancouver, Wash.), a young couple missed capturing the moments of their Star Wars-themed wedding due to common mishaps associated with traditional film cameras: red-eye, cropped heads and out-of-focus shots. Fortunately, Lynnel and Josh Stroder, winners of the HP Digital "Do-over" Contest, will get a chance to recapture their special day with a wedding do-over valued at up to $10,000.

"Many photo mishaps associated with traditional film cameras, like the ones the Stroders experienced, can be avoided with digital photography, which offers users greater choice, control and convenience when capturing and sharing their 'magic moment,'" said Jeff Hopper, general manager of marketing, HP Digital Imaging Organization. "HP's digital photography solutions allow users the choice to select only the images they want, the control to fix problems such as red-eye and the convenience to immediately share the image whether that's via e-mail or printing the photo right on the spot.

"HP is happy to provide the Stroders with the opportunity to re-do their event along with HP digital imaging products that will help them successfully capture and share keepsake photos easier in the future."

The first runner-up, Kathy Page, a long-time fan of President Bush, saw sadly a photo of the President -- and him alone -- when her boss, Sen. John Ensign of Nevada, failed to capture a once-in-a-lifetime image of her with the President at an event in Washington, D.C. While she has a lot of respect for her boss, she offers him six words of advice, "Senator, don't quit your day job!"

The second runner-up, Mary Ellen Usimaki, found that her parents' 50th wedding anniversary wasn't so "golden" when she and her siblings failed to capture any good shots of their parents' milestone celebration. She received her photos back only to view "a bunch of overly dark and overly light shots, shots with chopped off heads and missing body parts, shots too far away, and a roll of double exposed film."

All three winners will receive HP digital imaging products, including the HP Photosmart 812 digital camera, HP Photosmart 7550 printer and HP Scanjet 3570 scanner, that will ensure that next time they will safely and easily capture, share, save and print their images.

The HP Digital Do-over Contest was designed to give people the chance to benefit from their nightmare photo-taking experiences and learn more about the advantages of digital imaging. Each entrant submitted an essay describing a "missed" special event photo experience. Judges selected the winners from hundreds of entries based on the magnitude of the nightmare experience and the informative and entertaining nature of the entry. The winners' full stories are located at http://www.hp.com/go/digitaldo-overcontest.

Among the entries, the majority of "missed" moments happened with vacation photos (46 percent). Other photo mishaps included: weddings (28 percent); family functions (10 percent); births of a baby, honeymoons, anniversaries (each 5 percent); and reunions (2 percent). Most of the mishaps (55 percent) were related to the loading and advancing of film (for example, not installing film, film not advancing, using wrong film speed, loading used film). Other issues included: film processing -- lost film or ruined film (25 percent); overexposed or underexposed images (29 percent); and blurry photos (21 percent).

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