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AAFES looking for story submissions



DALLAS -- They say that a picture is worth 1,000 words, but a mere 50 describing a picture could fetch a digital camera and a $500 shopping spree in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's latest contest.

Authorized exchange shoppers can send a photo and story of their military service, either active-duty or civilian, along with a 50-word description, for a shot to take home a piece of the Patriot Family "My Story" contest prize packages.

"We anticipate receiving photos that are both historic and current with stories ranging from deployments abroad to shopping at the exchange," said AAFES' senior enlisted advisor Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm. "Anything that can tie in with military service and support, we're anxious to see and read about."

The "My Story" grand prize winner will take home a Casio Exilim EX-H1 digital camera valued at approximately $300, $50 worth of digital print services at and a $500 AAFES gift card. First place will receive a $300 AAFES shopping spree, second place will snap up $200 and $50 will be given to two runners-up.

The AAFES photo contest will run through April 31 and authorized shoppers may enter online by sending a photograph plus a 50-word-or-less story about the photo to Entrants must include name, address, daytime phone number, rank or occupation plus photo information (location, date, person in photo). Submissions will be judged on the basis of uniqueness, quality and effectiveness in the conveying the story. Judging will be conducted in May.