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GV Photo Wins Derby Duck Network Picture Of The Year

A photograph of hundreds of yellow ducks being dumped into the muddy Dan River has been named Derby Duck Network Picture of the Year, announced South Boston Community Development Coordinator Tamyra Vest.

Earlier this month, Vest entered the winning photo taken by Gazette-Virginian photographer Joe Chandler, and it quickly became one of the top eight finalists.
Vest encouraged fans to go to Derby Duck Network’s facebook page and vote for their favorite picture with the picture receiving the most likes and comments to be declared the winner.

According to Vest, photographs from South Boston and Tennessee were close for a while, but Chandler’s photo won with flying colors in the end.

“We will receive $250 in Duck Bucks,” an excited Vest said who expressed her appreciation to Chandler at The Gazette-Virginian for taking the winning photo.

Commenting on South Boston’s Ducks on the Dan fundraiser, Vest said, “In this generation it is important to make your social media work for you and your organization.  In this instance, it wasn’t about giving the money, it wasn’t about adopting a duck, it’s about informing and entertaining - drawing people to your mission.  Social media can be used for friend raising as well as fund raising, turning your viewers/followers into everyday philanthropists.  It’s not a way to do your organizational activities, but it is a way to show your personality and show the human side of your organization,” she said.  

Derby Duck Network’s facebook page (!/derbyducknetwork) says:
“Congratulations Picture of the Year 2009 Winner for “Ducks on the Dan” benefiting Destination Downtown South Boston, Inc.

The Picture will be featured on Derby Duck Network and will highlight their 2010 race.!/derbyducknetwork

Destination Downtown South Boston is making plans for this year’s Ducks on the Dan Derby Duck Race on Saturday, June 12, Vest said.

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