MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cvent, the world’s largest provider of cloud-based software for event management, venue selection and web surveys, today announced the 12 winners of its Facebook photo contest, “The $10,000 Great Event Photo Contest.” The $10,000 Grand Prize goes to “World Balloon Convention,” submitted by event planner Julie Connor. As the venue for the winning event, the Sheraton Dallas will also receive $8,000 of complimentary advertising on the Cvent Supplier Network, and the ten finalists, profiled on the Cvent Event Planning Blog, will each receive $1,000.
“The World Balloon Convention represents everything we were looking for in the competition: an engaging photo, compelling story and real originality”
The contest encouraged event planners, attendees and venues to submit a photo of the best event they’ve ever planned or attended for the chance to win a share of $28,000 in total cash and prizes, and was open for submissions from July 7 through August 8. More than 1,400 entries were submitted for events ranging from small gatherings to huge conventions. Starting on August 9, visitors to the Cvent Facebook page were able to vote once per day on their favorite photo, and the 25 photos with the greatest number of fan votes by August 22 were named semi-finalists. Of those 25, a panel of Cvent judges selected the Grand Prize Winner and ten finalists, which represent a broad spectrum of corporate, social and non-profit events.
“The World Balloon Convention represents everything we were looking for in the competition: an engaging photo, compelling story and real originality,” said Eric Eden, Vice President of Marketing at Cvent. “The meetings and events industry is made up of incredibly talented, creative professionals, and we were very impressed with the passion and commitment of the entrants. We’re happy to help shine the spotlight on their work and on the exceptional results that can come from strong collaboration between event managers and their venue partners. Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated in the contest.”
Cvent evaluated all eligible entries based on the following equally-weighted criteria: how well the photo showcased the event, how well the description explained what made it a great event, and the originality of the event.
More information on the Grand Prize-winning event and venue, along with profiles of the ten finalists, can be found at http://blog.cvent.com/blog/meeting-and-event-planning-solutions/and-the-winner-of-the-cvent-great-event-photo-contest-is.
Founded in 1999, Cvent is the world’s largest meetings and event management technology company and has over 800 employees worldwide. Cvent offers web-based software for meeting site selection, online event registration, event management, e-mail marketing, and web surveys, and helps over 90,000 users in 40 countries manage hundreds of thousands of events, surveys and e-mail campaigns. The company has processed over $2 billion in online payments and has managed over 30 million event registrations and survey responses for its clients. Cvent’s client base ranges from small non-profits to large corporations, and includes over 30 companies from the Fortune 100. A leading authority on Strategic Meetings Management (SMM), Cvent’s technology has been used to implement SMM programs around the world. For more information, please visit www.cvent.com.
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