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Broadway Actress/HIV Advocate, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Unveils Winning Photographs in Contest Communicating Personal Experiences with HIV/AIDS Through Photography
  Traveling Exhibit of REYATAZ (atazanavir sulfate) 'Fight HIV Your Way' Photography Contest Kicks Off in New York City
NEW YORK, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadway actress and HIV advocate Sheryl Lee Ralph today unveiled the winning photographs of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company's (NYSE: BMY) REYATAZ (atazanavir sulfate) "Fight HIV Your Way" Photography Contest. The contest was developed to provide individuals whose lives have been touched by HIV with a way to express their feelings and emotions about their personal experience with the disease. The grand prize winning photograph and 50 second place photographs will be showcased in a public exhibit in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal in New York City from today until April 18. The exhibit will subsequently be displayed in select cities across the U.S.
Howard Grant of Oakland, California, a retired architect and proud father of two, submitted the grand prize winning photograph. Grant's description of his photograph submission captures the strength he found to overcome personal obstacles: "I felt boxed in by concepts such as 'terminal illness,' 'damaged goods,' 'poz/neg.' The bravery and compassion of friends liberated me to pursue new paths and passions. All I had to do was face a new direction and step out of the box." Grant will be honored at a special gala opening this evening.
"Each photograph in the exhibit is a piece of art that tells a thought- provoking story about the wide variety of experiences people have with HIV today," said original Broadway Dreamgirl Sheryl Lee Ralph, a spokesperson for the National Minority AIDS Council who also created and produced the HIV- inspired Broadway shows Divas Simply Singing! and Sometimes I Cry. "In my own work as an artist and advocate, I encourage breaking the silence around HIV, reducing the stigmas associated with HIV, and supporting the many ways that people fight this disease each and every day. I salute the winners of the REYATAZ 'Fight HIV Your Way' Photography Contest for the hope and strength that their art inspires in me and others."
"Twenty years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first HIV treatment, Bristol-Myers Squibb created the REYATAZ Photography Exhibition as a way for people to reflect on the advancements that allow people today to fight HIV their way," said Anthony Hooper, president, U.S. Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company. "Bristol-Myers Squibb is proud that each photograph in the exhibit provides an example of what inspires real people to fight HIV day in and day out."
Photographs were judged based on the artists' depiction of the fight against HIV, creativity and originality, and overall quality. The expert panel of judges included: Vincent Laforet, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer; Regan Hofmann, editor-in-chief, POZ magazine; and Dwight Powell, editor-in-chief, Clik magazine.
A total of 101 winning photographs will be published in a limited edition hardcover book titled In Their Own Way: A Collection of Personal Photography on Fighting HIV.
During the months of May and June, the exhibit will be displayed in select
cities including: -- Washington, D.C.;
-- Miami Beach, Florida;
-- Venice Beach, California; and
-- San Francisco, California.
For more information on the REYATAZ "Fight HIV Your Way" Photography Contest, please visit
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