Politically Charged Image Nabs First Prize Scholarship in Student Photo Content

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Hot Shot Media announces the winner of their third Snapshot Scholar student photography contest. Academy of Art University student Fate, whose real name has been withheld to protect her identity, will be awarded $1,000 for her photo ‘I’m More Than A Number.’ The award ceremony will take place in San Francisco, CA, at the Academy of Art University Photography Gallery at 625 Sutter Street on Monday, April 11th, 2011. The provocative photo depicts an Iranian girl in quotidian dress and is meant to symbolize the green movement in Iran. “The photo encapsulates the Hot Shot Media’s ambitions to bring the world closer together, empowering voices to be seen and heard through the powerful symbolism of photography,” said Chris Jermyn, Managing Director of Hot Shot Media Group.

Academy of Art University student, Fate, whose real name has been withheld to protect her identity, is the new Snapshot Scholar champion, Hot Shot Media announced recently. Fate will be awarded U.S. $1,000 and an engraved iPod Touch for her photo ‘I'm More Than A Number’ at a public ceremony on Monday April 11th, 2011, at the Academy of Art University Photography Gallery, 625 Sutter Street from 6:00 – 9:00 PM PDT. Press are encouraged to attend to report on Fate's poignant personal story that lead to this photo.

In describing her winning photograph, Fate said, “To me, this image represents the Iranian people now. In my country, Iran, you are not allowed to talk about many subjects; people become strangers in their own homeland. Everything has become taboo in the government’s eyes. People should be quiet and try to not mention what they see or understand. Now, we can see that there are more people who want to say or show their disagreement with government, but they are destroyed, prisoned and executed.”

Fate continued, “This image is symbolic of one Iranian girl with the quotidian outfit in the streets. I wanted to give the impression that she was kind of immigrating with the background and the green tone is representative of the green movement in Iran.”

Fate won the third Snapshot Scholar photo contest, which ran from Thursday December 9, 2010, through Thursday February 10, 2011. Community votes helped to determine the Top 30 Finalists’ photos. From there, a panel of five celebrity judges selected the winner by a thrilling 3-2 vote. Students submitted their photos to the Snapshot Scholar Web site to win.

“Particularly during these times of global change, Hot Shot Media is honored to showcase photographs of this magnitude,” said Chris Jermyn, Managing Director of Hot Shot Media Limited. “With photography, we share our stories in hopes of shedding light on experiences, occasions and circumstances that we can learn from. We believe that Fate’s stunning photograph is a direct example of the timeless social relevance of photography.”

Sabina Miklowitz, a student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, won second place with her photo "To Dust”. Third place went to Seth Rader, a student at University of California, Los Angeles, and his photo “The Resounding Crash". Due to the quality of the photographs in the competition, Hot Shot Media elected to award each with an engraved iPod Touch at celebrations to be announced.

Jermyn continued, “At Hot Shot Media, we’re about letting the world speak through their photos – to enfranchise those without a voice and give them a platform from which to change our perceptions and the way we see the world around us. It is from this socially conscious platform that we intend to expand our reach, and that of our users – to leave no corner of the earth unturned and to give anyone, anywhere, a social megaphone from which to tell their story, and change their lives in the process.”

The first photo contest was between students from Stanford University and The University of California at Berkeley. Stanford University student Waqas Mustafeez won the inaugural Snapshot Scholar. Mustafeez won U.S. $7,000 and an additional U.S. $2,000, which he gave to Stanford’s Salleo Research Group.

The second Snapshot Scholar photo contest allowed any California student to enter their favorite photo for a chance to win a cash prize. Drew Connick, a University of Southern California student, won $1,000 for his photo of his grandmother.

Hot Shot Media will soon be launching the largest photography contest the world has ever seen, searching for the world’s most iconic, most incredible and most memorable photograph - typifying personal expression, human belief and emotion and capturing the true essence and excitement of one extraordinary moment. An offer to the winner is worldwide recognition and one of the largest prizes ever offered on the web.

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About Hot Shot Media

Hot Shot Media lives at the convergence of three of the most prolific online phenomena: social networking, photo sharing and social gaming. We are defining the social photography category with a leading platform, upon which Snapshot Scholar and a wide range of future photographic social games, challenges, sweepstakes and contests are based. The Company's unique approach to social gaming fully leverages and complements key social networks and photo sharing sites. The Hot Shot Media Group has offices in San Francisco, California; Sydney, Australia; and is headquartered in Singapore. It is in a comprehensive Joint Venture agreement with Mooter Media Limited, a public company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

For more information, please visit http://www.hotshotmedia.com. You can also find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/hotshotmedia and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hotshotmedia.

About Mooter Media Ltd.

Mooter Media (ASX:MMZ, OTCQX:MOTMY) is a developer and provider of digital media solutions and trades in the United States on OTCQX at a 1:200 ratio to its shares listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. The Company offers unique solutions in online marketing, including the adVantage contextual advertising platform. It is also a global innovator in revolutionary social photography concepts, allowing users to have fun with their memories. Mooter is a joint venture partner with Hot Shot Media Group, the developer of a novel photo-focused networking, social gaming and contest platform; and Woophy, a geo-targeted online photo community. It is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and OTCQX International, and has offices in Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong and San Francisco. http://www.mootermedia.com

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Snapshot Scholar strongly urges its members and readers to consider donating to the Japanese tsunami and earthquake relief effort. There are a number of aid organizations actively involved in humanitarian efforts including (but certainly not limited to) American Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, CARE and Save the Children and Habitat for Humanity – we encourage and appreciate your kind generosity.

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