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Friday
May212010

More Winners in CBI’s Photo Contest!

By Mia Coen

As many of you know—or have personally experienced—IHRSA and CBI’s first-ever Club Photo Competition this year was a huge success! Over 200 photos were submitted from 57 club companies, representing nine countries.

As coordinator of the project, I’d have to say that judging these photos was no easy feat. All of the submissions were unique in that they represented different clubs from all over the world. Our judges, including myself, had a difficult time of it: we had to pick the photos that were not only the most visually striking, but also those that conveyed a strong sense of a club’s unique experience. In fact, it was so difficult that we ended up doling out 20 additional prizes! These awards of merit and distinction were given to the clubs that we thought deserved special recognition for outstanding individual photos.

To name a few…

Cedardale Health and Fitness, based in Haverhill, Massachusetts, received an award of distinction for “Community Involvement,” reflective of the photograph taken at the club’s holiday parade last year. We hadn’t seen many photos like this one and, by the looks of it, the staff is wholeheartedly involved in not only their jobs at the club, but also their community.

World Class, a large gym chain based in Russia, submitted a photo that resembled something out of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. This picture, featuring Michael Saifulin, World Class’ master group trainer, and Olga Sloutsker, World Class’ founder and president, stunningly portrayed the empowering nature and beauty of fitness, as the pair dueled mid-air in a medieval fortress surrounded by fog. For this, World Class received an award of distinction for “Most Dramatic.”

One of our favorite photos from Fitness Factory, the Taiwan-based health club chain, is a panoramic shot of the front lobby of its Jiu-Ru location. It’s simply mesmerizing! We had to distinguish this photo with an award for “One-of-a-Kind.”

Every photo has a story behind it. For us, each photo told a story about the clubs from which they came, and, in turn, illustrated what IHRSA does on a global level, but also what fitness does for people all over the world.

Congratulations to all of the photo contest participants! We truly appreciate the time you took to show us what your club is all about.

To check out all the winners and read the Photo Contest feature in CBI magazine’s March issue, click here. And stay tuned for next year’s contest!

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