SOURCE: Sorenson Communications

Sorenson Communications

May 07, 2011 10:15 ET

Sorenson Communications Announces Winners of Second Annual "Express Yourself" Video Contest

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwire - May 7, 2011) - Friday evening, Sorenson Communications announced the winners of its second annual "Express Yourself" Video Contest at an awards party, held at the California School for the Deaf. The announcement party, sponsored by Sorenson Communications, was held in connection with the DeafNation Expo Riverside, a two-day event that brought together hundreds of local deaf people.

The "Express Yourself" winner of the "Youth" category is Daniella, from Chicago. The winner in the "General" category is Melissa Malzkuhn, from Washington, D.C. Melissa was assisted in the creation of her video by Megan Erasmus and Amanda Sortwell, also from Washington, D.C. The winner in the "Sorenson Employee" category is Robert Giuntoli, from Austin, Texas. The winner in the "Youth" category received a check for $1,000, and the winners in the "General" and "Sorenson Employee" categories received checks for $1,500. All will have their videos shown through the Sorenson Communications Video Center.

Winning entries were selected from dozens submitted and were judged on:

  • The incorporation of the contest theme, "Express Yourself"
  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Use of sign language and/or representations of deaf culture
  • Cinematography and editing

"Sorenson Communications was very pleased with the response to this year's Video Contest and with the quality of the submissions," notes Ron Burdett, Sorenson Communications Vice President of Community Relations. "As the leading provider of Video Relay Service (VRS), Sorenson also recognizes the importance of preserving the deaf cultural tradition of storytelling. Sorenson recognizes the power and beauty inherent in sign language. We are committed to preserving this magnificent language and documenting current deaf culture through video."

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About Sorenson Communications
Sorenson Communications® ( is a provider of industry-leading communications services and products for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The company's offerings include Sorenson Video Relay Service® (SVRS®), the highest-quality video interpreting service; the Sorenson VP-200® videophone, designed especially for use by deaf individuals; Sorenson IP Relay® (SIPRelay), a text-to-speech relay service; ntouch PC, software that connects users to SVRS by using a PC and webcam; and ntouch Mobile, an application empowering SVRS communication via a mobile device.