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Rocket21 and National Geographic Channel Announce Photo Contest to Encourage Kids to Explore the Beauty of Nature in Their Own Backyards

San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) May 25, 2012

Rocket21, the only social networking platform designed to safely connect kids and teens with professionals and experts representing industries, professions, passions, and movements that span the globe, joined with National Geographic Channels to announce a new Rocket21 Dream Experience contest, inviting youth to Dream Big in Your Backyard, in celebration of the new National Geographic Channel (NGC)Miniseries Event "Untamed Americas".

NGC spent more than two years in the field, traveling thousands of miles from Alaska to Patagonia, to capture the extreme wildlife of the continent for "Untamed Americas" a new four-hour, high-definition miniseries. The series is narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor, Josh Brolin, and will premiere in the U.S. June 10-11 on National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD and Nat Geo MUNDO. Now, Rocket21 and NGC invite Rocket21 youth members to showcase the beauty that is just outside their doors in their own backyards across the continent.

From now through May 29th, Rocket21 members are invited to upload photos to Rocket21 to share the natural beauty of their own backyards and travels. Judges from NGC and Rocket21 will select the winning photo on the basis of creativity, passion, and overall effect. Judges include Geoff Daniels, EVP and General Manager of Nat Geo WILD, Karen Bass, Series Producer of Untamed Americas, and Chris Albert, SVP, Communications Worldwide & Talent Relations, National Geographic Channels.

One Grand Prize winner and their family will receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the VIP red-carpet world premiere on June 5th, and to celebrate with naturalists, filmmakers, and others from the "Untamed Americas" team at an after-party at The National Zoo.

We love the idea of encouraging kids to find beauty in their every day worlds, said Mark Grayson, Rocket21 CEO. Photography is a wonderful form of self-expression, and Nat Geos team will bring serious authenticity to the competition.

We are excited to see the range of photos that Rocket21 members will submit, noted Chris Albert. This is a wonderful way to kick off kids summer vacation season. We cant wait to share Untamed Americas with kids and their parents, and hope the contest will prompt Rocket21 members to be more observant of the physical beauty all around them, whether at home or on the road this summer.

About "Untamed Americas":
"Untamed Americas" is produced by National Geographic Television for National Geographic Channels. For National Geographic Television, series producer is Karen Bass, producers are James Byrne and Andrew Mitchell, senior producer is Anne Tarrant and executive producer is Jonathan Halperin. For National Geographic Channels, executive producer is Ashley Hoppin, and executive vice president of programming is Michael Cascio. Education materials are available at For more information on the series, visit

About Rocket21:
Rocket21 is the only social networking platform designed to safely connect kids and teens with professionals and experts representing industries, professions, passions, and movements that span the globe. Rocket21 provides unprecedented access to world-class experts and organizations while protecting them with a combination of state-of-the-art, real-time filtering and human moderation, extensive safety and security precautions, and a specialized infrastructure designed to keep kids safe.

Like Rocket21 on Facebook and follow @Rocket21 on Twitter. For more information contact Media Relations at media(at)rocket21(dot)com.

About National Geographic Channels:
Based at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., the National Geographic Channels US are a joint venture between National Geographic and Fox Cable Networks. The Channels contribute to the National Geographic Societys commitment to exploration, conservation and education with smart, innovative programming and profits that directly support its mission. Launched in January 2001, National Geographic Channel (NGC) celebrated its fifth anniversary with the debut of NGC HD. In 2010, the wildlife and natural history cable channel Nat Geo WILD was launched, and in 2011, the Spanish-language network Nat Geo Mundo was unveiled. The Channels have carriage with all of the nations major cable, telco and satellite television providers, with NGC currently available in over 79 million U.S. homes. Globally, National Geographic Channels International is available in more than 380 million homes in 163 countries and 37 languages. For more information, visit

NGC Media Contacts:
Chris Albert, National Geographic Channel, 202-912-6526, CAlbert(at)natgeotv(dot)com
Kristin Montalbano, Digital Publicist, 703-678-3678, kmontalbano(at)gmail(dot)com

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