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Independence competition to capture the Jamaican spirit

Published:Friday | June 15, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE GRAND Jamaica Home-coming organisers have launched a world-wide competition in celebration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence.

The competition, 'I LOVE Jamaica Because ...' seeks to engage Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica in sharing fond memories, reflecting on their dreams about Jamaica, and talking about the best that the country has to offer. The contest is open until July 18, 2012.

According to Antoinette Spooner, vice-president of Jamaica Homecoming Canada, the not-for-profit corporation that introduced Grand Jamaica Homecoming, "We have seen an enormous amount of interest from all over the world since our website and other social media launched last year. People are excited about making the trek back to the motherland, particularly this year."

She added: "We are looking for videos that show how much Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica love the country. So be creative, be dramatic, or be funny in telling the world why Jamaica is beautiful and has a special meaning in your life."

Prizes include a seven-night luxury vacation at any Sandals resort in Jamaica (excluding Sandals Royal Plantation); and one GraceKennedy gift basket delivered every month for three consecutive months. Each prize winner will also receive a copy of Jamaica - My 50 Years in Photographs by Ray Chen, one of Jamaica's iconic and treasured photographers.

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