Amusing Monday: Film contest raises water issues

Rain Bird’s “Intelligent Use of Water” Film Competition has become one of my favorite water-focused events for “Amusing Monday.”

Winners of the contest were announced a couple weeks ago in Beverly Hills. The Audience Choice Award, “The Wash,” is featured in the player at right. It was the most amusing among the six finalists, but I have to say I enjoyed all the films this year.

The Jury Award, chosen by a six-member panel, was presented to a serious documentary called “Isla Urbana,” which examined a new way of bringing water to the residents of Mexico City.

The Jury Award winner, Greg Harriott of Brooklyn, N.Y., received a $10,000 prize. The winner of the Audience Award, Carla Dauden of Long Beach, Calif., took home $5,000.

The host of the awards ceremony was Jack Hanna, former director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and host of the new television program “Wild Countdown” seen Saturday mornings on the ABC network.

All the 2012 finalists can be seen on Rain Bird’s website, along with finalists from past years.

On an unrelated topic, the following video about the presidential election expresses an emotion felt widely across the country. You may have seen this video by now, but I couldn’t resist posting it on the day before the election. By the way, the little girl, Abbie Evans, was shown later with a happy face, as reported by Mark Memmott of National Public Radio.

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