Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announces a call for entries in its REYATAZ® “Fight HIV Your Way” contest. Entrants are encouraged to submit photographs with essays or videos expressing the individual’s fight against HIV/AIDS. The contest raises awareness of the approximately one million people in the US who are currently affected.
A panel of expert judges, including Frand Oldham, HIV community advocate; David Martinez, artist and photographer; and Regan Hofmann, editor-in-chief at POZ magazine, will evaluate the entries. They will be judged on creativity, originality and overall artistic quality. Final selection of two Grand Prize winners, one each in the video and photograph divisions, will be determined by online voting by the public. Those winners and 90 Award of Distinction winners will be on display in an exhibit in Union Square in San Francisco, October 27-29, 2009.
“I am honored to be involved again this year in the Reyataz® ‘Fight HIV Your Way’ contest,” said Sheryl Lee Ralph, original Broadway Dreamgirl and spokesperson for the National Minority AIDS Council. “I encourage people to enter the contest, as your art will provide courage and strength for others with HIV to break the silence and reduce the stigmas that plague this disease.”
Submissions are due by Friday, May 15, 2009. Entrants must be at least 18 years old. For more information, go to: www.reyatazphotocontest.com.
REYATAZ® is an oral protease inhibitor used in combination with other HIV drugs. It is manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, which is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.