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Nanton teenager records winning video

Phillip Lacoste

With votes from around the world, Phillip LaCoste, 16, won the “My Alberta SouthWest” video contest top prize with his submission titled “Ultimate Trains.”
LaCoste’s short video captures the day in the life of a miniature train.
When asked why he chose Ultimate Trains as the location for his video, LaCoste said, “Without a car, I couldn’t get around to a lot of places in the region and the Garden Railway was a visually cool place to shoot a video.”
With the help of family and friends in the Nanton area and as far away as Montreal, Japan, Korea and Egypt, LaCoste received 1,300 votes.
“We had a fun time contacting people we knew,” LaCoste said. “I used my Facebook account. I used my cell phone. My parents e-mailed all their work friends. Together, we e-mailed friends across the country and my dad even invited the provincial and national train model associations to vote.”
As for what inspired him to enter the contest, LaCoste explained it was his passion for video editing.
The 16-year-old has a knack for IT and computer work and can now add videography to the list.
Regarding his son’s accomplishments, Phillip’s dad, Guy LaCoste said, “I’m proud of what Phillip can do with video editing. He enjoys the challenge and wants to make ‘over the top’ videos.”
Lacoste plans to use the $1,000 in prize money to buy graphic design software and save the rest for school. When asked which of the prizes he plans to experience first, he said the Waterton Shoreline Cruise was at the top of his list.
The “My Alberta SouthWest” video contest that began June 20 was an initiative of the Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance.
The contest invited residents of Alberta to submit a video to “Show us your Alberta SouthWest.”
“We are delighted with all of video entries that show what is personally special to each entrant, and were thrilled to see how involved everyone was — particularly the young people,” Alberta SouthWest Regional Alliance executive director Bev Thornton added.
In addition to the $1,000 cash, prize packages were provided by Alpine Stables; Bayshore Inn; Bluebird Motel; Brown Creek Wild Rags; Centre Peak High Country Adventures; Chimney Rock B&B; Cottonwood Village Retirement Residence; Eldorado RV; Lucasia Ranch Vacations; Prince of Wales Hotel; Ramada Inn and Suites Pincher Creek; Sierra West Cabins and Ranch Vacations; Southern Alberta Historic Sites; Steeped Tea; The Fort — Museum of the North West Mounted Police; Trail of the Great Bear; Waterton Lakes Golf Course; Waterton Natural History Association; Waterton Shoreline Cruise Co. and Wow and Then.

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