Celebrating Wildlife Art & the Sporting Life

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SEWE Directory

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has been bringing together art collectors and wildlife enthusiasts for the past 36 years. Through history, SEWE has remained true to its roots. Its values of honoring wildlife and nature are ingrained in the framework of our event, much like paint on a canvas. We hope you can join us for SEWE 2018 where we will applaud the works of world-renowned artists, sculptors, exhibitors and entertainers. Together, let’s celebrate the art of tradition.

 
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Live Presentations

LIVE PRESENTATIONS AT SEWE 2018

SEWE is excited to offer the following live presentations throughout the weekend. All of these shows are included with your general admission ticket. And don’t forget – kids 10 and under are free!

 

 

JEFF FOXWORTHY

Friday, 2/16 at 4 PM  |  Gaillard Center

Jeff Foxworthy is one of the most respected and successful comedians in the country, and he channels his artistic talents in various forms. Since Jeff was a child, he has been creating sketches for his own enjoyment. In a rare opportunity, attendees will have the opportunity to view Jeff’s work in the SEWE Marketplace as well as attend a Q&A where he will discuss where he draws his inspiration and how an idea makes its way to paper.

 

JACK HANNA

Friday, 2/16 at 2 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 12:30 & 3:30 PM  |  Gaillard Center

Presented by Boeing
Television personality, author, and conservationist, Jack Hanna joins us once again to entertain and delight SEWE attendees at the Gaillard Center. One of the most visible and respected animal ambassadors in the world, Jack’s enthusiasm and “hands-on” approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim. In addition to frequent appearances on programs including Late Night with David Letterman, Jack hosts the three time Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

SHEEP & DUCK HERDING DEMONSTRATIONS

Friday, 2/16 at 11 AM & 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 11 AM & 3 PM  |  Sunday, 2/18 at 1 PM  |  Brittlebank Park

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.

New this year, join Windy Knolls Farm owner and master trainer, Bill Coburn, as he showcases the fascinating world of herding instinctive to the Border Collie breed. Watch his collies artfully muster sheep and ducks through various obstacles with only a whistle and a few commands.

 

BUSCH WILDLIFE

Friday, 2/16 at 11 AM   |  Sunday, 2/18 at 11 AM  |  Gaillard Center

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

THE CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY

Friday, 2/16 at 11 AM and 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM |  Sunday, 2/18 at 1 PM | Marion Square

Presented by BP America
One of the most entertaining and educational shows during SEWE. See amazing flight demos up-close by a variety of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks while learning about the important role they play in our ecosystem.

 

THE ORIANNE SOCIETY

Friday, 2/16 at 1 PM  |  Saturday, 2/17 at 3 PM |  Sunday, 2/18 at 3 PM  |  Marion Square

Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our ecosystem. Learn why and how The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of these creatures and game species (such as quail, turkey and deer) in this informative presentation with the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more.

 

 

 
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2018 Kids for Conservation Poetry Competition Winners

We are excited to announce the 2018 Kids for Conservation poetry competition winners! Students from the Tri-County area in grades 1st-5th were invited to compete in the KFC Poster Competition, while students in grades 6th-8th competed in the KFC Photography and Poetry Competition. Yet again we received a wonderful selection of entries from our talented young artists, writers and photographers and would like to thank the participants, teachers and parents.

 

1st Place Poetry Winner:

What Nature Means to You by Brook Newman

Grade 7, Laing Middle School 

 

2nd Place Poetry Winner:

Fall is Here by Hope McEvoy

Grade 6, Laing Middle School 

 

3rd Place Poetry Winner:

Flowing Marsh Air by Luke Rollins

Grade 7, Laing Middle School 

 
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2018 Kids for Conservation Poster Competition Winners

We are excited to announce the 2018 Kids for Conservation poster competition winners! Students from the Tri-County area in grades 1st-5th were invited to compete in the KFC Poster Competition, while students in grades 6th-8th competed in the KFC Photography and Poetry Competition. Yet again we received a wonderful selection of entries from our talented young artists, writers and photographers and would like to thank the participants, teachers and parents.

 

1st Place Poster Winner:

South Carolina Heron at Sunset by Julieta Porras

Grade 5, Sangaree Intermediate

 

2nd Place Poster Winner

Tall Girraffe by Alessandra Franklin

Grade 5, Marrington Elementary 

 

3rd Place Poster Winner:

Parrots by Aubrey Param

Grade 5, Boulder Bluff Elementary

 

 

 
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2018 Kids for Conservation Photography Competition Winners

We are excited to announce the 2018 Kids for Conservation photography competition winners! Students from the Tri-County area in grades 1st-5th were invited to compete in the KFC Poster Competition, while students in grades 6th-8th competed in the KFC Photography and Poetry Competition. Yet again we received a wonderful selection of entries from our talented young artists, writers and photographers and would like to thank the participants, teachers and parents.

 

1st Place Photography Winner:

Pelican and Bridge by Izzy Truman

Grade 8, Laing Middle School 

 

2nd Place Photography Winner

Busy Days Work by Louis Fisher

Grade 8, Laing Middle School 

 

3rd Place Photography Winner:

Waiting by Mary Abigail Whitaker

Grade 7, Marrington Middle School of the Arts

 

 

 
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5 Artists to Watch

SEWE has been bringing together art collectors and artists since 1983. For the past 36 years, SEWE has continued to showcase the finest in wildlife and sporting art and has become known as the premier wildlife art show in the East. Each February, we welcome well-respected veterans, mid-career artists and talented up-and-comers in the Fine Art Gallery at Charleston Place.

These five artists are new to SEWE 2018 and we could not be more excited to promote them.

  1. 1.  David Gallup (Santa Rosa, California)
  2. 2.  Sandy Graves (Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
  3. 3.  Jane Ingols (Atlanta, Georgia)
  4. 4.  Anne London (Mandeville, Louisiana)
  5. 5.  Carrie Wild (Jackson, Wyoming)

SEWE hosts more than 100 artists from around the globe annually.  View all participating SEWE 2018 artists here >>.

 

 
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Jack is Back!

Animal expert, television personality, author and conservationist, Jack Hanna will return to Charleston this February to entertain and delight attendees at the  Gaillard Center with live animal presentations on Friday and Saturday of SEWE.

Jack Hanna, whose last appearance at SEWE was in 2016, Jack Hanna explores the corners of the globe as one of the most respected animal ambassadors. His enthusiasm and “hands-on” approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim as a conservationist, television personality, author and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo (Ohio) and the Wilds.

Recognized as America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack has made countless television appearances since 1983 on shows such as Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman,
Larry King Live, The Late Late Show with James Corden, The View, and Fox News and CNN news programs.

Jack took his infectious energy to the airwaves by creating three nationally televised programs.  Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures ran for 10 years and is still currently in syndication. Most recently, the Columbus Zoo and Nationwide Insurance have partnered to sponsor the Emmy Award winning Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild and a show on ABC, Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdown.

“It will be great to have Jack again in February. He is a big fan of SEWE and of Charleston, so we could not ask for a better ambassador for us as he travels the country,” said John Powell, SEWE Executive Director.

Jack and his wife, Suzi, live in central Ohio and have three daughters and six grandchildren.

Stay tuned . . . Jack’s official show times will posted on the SEWE schedule soon. Learn more about Jack here.

Joining Jack on the SEWE schedule are longtime fan favorites, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary. Amy Kight and her team from Jupiter Island, Florida will be helping Jack’s team and will be presenting all weekend long. Learn more about the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary here.

 

 

 
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Conservation Ambassadors

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, a longtime SEWE favorite, is returning to fascinate crowds with its always entertaining and educational live animal shows. The Busch Wildlife staff will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at alligators, bobcats, foxes, birds of prey, snakes and more. The presentations at Gaillard Center will focus on the natural history of the animals while discussing ecology, conservation, endangered species and urban wildlife.

The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, of Jupiter Island, Florida, rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wild animals, and educates the public about nature, wildlife and environmental issues while promoting wildlife and habitat conservation. As one of the country’s leading environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation facilities, Busch provides care to over 5,000 wild animal patients, returning the recovered animals to their natural habitats annually. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

 
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Live Presentations at SEWE 2017

SEWE is excited to offer the following live presentations throughout the weekend. All of these shows are included with your general admission ticket. And don’t forget – kids 10 and under are free!

JEFF CORWIN

Friday, 2/17 at 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 1 PM  |  Gaillard Center

As a television personality, nature conservationist and author, Jeff Corwin will entertain and delight SEWE attendees at the Gaillard Center with live presentations on Friday and Saturday. Best known as host and executive producer of Ocean Mysterieson ABC, Jeff is recognized as a global leader in exploration and conservation. Seating is first-come,first-served.

BUSCH WILDLIFE

Friday, 2/17 at 11 AM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 3:30 PM  |  Sunday, 2/19 at 11 AM  |  Gaillard Center

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary will introduce the wonders of the natural ecosystems and give SEWE attendees an up-close look at animals ranging from alligators, bobcats and foxes to birds of prey, snakes and much more. Seating is first-come, first-served.

 

THE CENTER FOR BIRDS OF PREY

Friday, 2/17 at 11 AM and 3 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM |  Sunday, 2/19 at 1 PM | Marion Square

Presented by BP America
One of the most entertaining and educational shows during SEWE. See amazing flight demos up-close by a variety of raptors including falcons, eagles, owls and hawks while learning about the important role they play in our ecosystem.

 

THE ORIANNE SOCIETY

Friday, 2/17 at 1 PM  |  Saturday, 2/18 at 3 PM |  Sunday, 2/19 at 3 PM  |  Marion Square

Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of our ecosystem. Learn why and how The Orianne Society promotes the conservation of these creatures and game species (such as quail, turkey and deer) in this informative presentation with the Eastern Indigo Snake, Gopher Tortoise, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake and more.

 

 
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2017 Junior Duck Stamp Winning Entries

The 2017 South Carolina Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) art competition results are in! To say we are overwhelmed by the talent and hard work produced by these K-12 students and their respective teachers and parents is an understatement.  We are BLOWN away. A big thank you to everyone across the state who participated in this year’s contest. And thank you to SC Ducks Unlimited, the SC JDS sponsor – we could not continue this successful and important program without your support.

And a standing ovation to Olivia Wingo from Thomas Cario  Middle School in Mount Pleasant, SC, for being chosen as the 2017 SC Junior Duck Stamp Best of Show. Good luck at the Federal Judging on April 21 (being hosted by SEWE in Charleston!).

2017 Best of Show, Group 3, Age 13_Oliva Wingo, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

“Dawn” 2017 Best of Show by Olivia Wingo
Age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

Announcing the 2017 SC Junior Duck Stamp Winning Entries

BEST OF SHOW
Olivia Wingo – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC


GROUP I (Grades K-3)

1st
Addison Carpenter – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Grey Newman – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Siri Surapaneni – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC

2nd
Emma Richards – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Colt Stanley – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Camryn Trent – age 8, Palmetto Bays Elementary, Myrtle Beach, SC

3rd
Abhi Balachandran – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Paisley Knox – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Blaise Shepherd – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Honorable Mention
Makayla Benjamin – age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Will Cowell – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Carter Durham – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Carson Hicks – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Andie Johnson – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Brantley Jones – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Greg Lee – age 6, H.E. Bonner Elementary, Moncks Corner, SC
Weston Milz – age 6, Burgess Elementary School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Maximus Shepherd – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Chloe Shroff – age 8, Vine and Branches Home Educators, Myrtle Beach, SC
Kennedy Stutts – age 7, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Emerson Taylor – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Hailey Thurston – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Rowan Vaughn – age 6, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Kirya Warner – age 8, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Abigail Wood – age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC


GROUP II (Grades 4-6)

1st
Leaton Nuttall – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Tabby Perry – age 10, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Meredith Rogers – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

2nd
Kelsey Bennett – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Bella Immelman – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Aden Pugsley – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

3rd
Emma Causey – age 9, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Madison Ciccone – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Brenna Ullrey – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Honorable Mention
Amrithaa Balachandran – age 10, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Meenakshi Balachandran – age 11, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Amelia Godfrey – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Rowan Johnson – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Millie Morris – age 11, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Addison Junkins – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Tori Morris – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Ellison Newman – age 10, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Maria Remon – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant SC
Gracie Reynolds, 11 – age Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Parker Rupe, 12 – age Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Emma Sanders, 12 – age Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Emma Tiberian, 11 – age Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Alexandra Trapp – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Katharine Vanderbilt – age 10, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Julia Zimmerman – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC


GROUP III (Grades 7-9)

1st
Olivia Wingo – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Grace Moore – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Abigail O’Donnell – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

2nd
Emma Heesen – age 14, James Island Charter High School, James Island, SC
Amelia Rankin – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Gavin Wheeler – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC

3rd
Will Chase – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Katelyn Howard – Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC
Landry Wolverton – age 12, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC

Honorable Mention
Mersina Argyropais – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Grace Collins – age 15, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Macy Crawford – age 14, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Paige Emerson – age 14, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC
Morgan Flanders – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC\
Caroline Floyd – age 13, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Sarah Frankel – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Elizabeth Glendinning – age 13, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Hannah Houston – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Matthew McFarland – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Ethan Roland – age 13, Calvary Christian School, Myrtle Beach, SC
Olivia Seitz – age 13, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC
Devaney Ullrey – age 13, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC
Daniel Wannamaker – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Sarah Ann Whalen – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC
Caroline Whitley – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mount Pleasant, SC


GROUP IV (Grades 10-12)

1st
Jorge Feria de la Cruz – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Rose Holstein – age 17, Homeschool, Mt Pleasant, SC
JoAnn Lawhorn – age 15, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC

2nd
Nikayra Emmons – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Kathryn Felkel – age 17, Orangeburg Prep, Orangeburg, SC
David Flowers – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC

3rd
Destiny Denue – age 16, James Island Charter High School, James Island, SC
Kylie Mason – age 16, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Nancy Sterrett – age 17, James Island Charter High School, James Island, SC

Honorable Mention
Ty Bell – age 18, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Khiley Blackmon – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Jason Carvalho – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Lania Collins – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Cindy Contreras – Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Ava Kronberg – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Leah Dillon – age 17, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Chase Jarvis – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Anna McGrath – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Juliann Moua – age 16, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Melanie Murray – age 15, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
William-Datton Penn – Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC
Katherine Phillips – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Findley Stillwell – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC
Olivia Sweatt – age 16, Oak Street Academy, Conway, SC
Anna Walker – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC

 

2017 Conservation Message Winners

GROUP I (Grades K-3)

Spread your wings, lend a hand to work for conservation of everyone’s future.
Addison Carpenter – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Become a Jr. Ranger and help save the ducks from danger!
Grey Newman – age 8, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

When you conserve, you protect the wildlife.
Maximus Shepherd – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Cayce, SC

Don’t be whack, protect the quack!
Colt Stanley – age 9, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Save our wildlife! Don’t dirty our waters!
Hailey Thurston – age 6, Michael’s Masterpieces, Manning, SC


GROUP II (Grades 4-6)

Nature created the inspiration, but we must conserve the art of the wetlands.
Madison Ciccone – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Taking care of our environment benefits all life! It’s our responsibility to make a difference!
Meredith Rogers – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

Wildlife paints us a picture of our past and our present, but conservation determines our future.
Emma Tiberian – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Stewarding the gifts of nature while striving to conserve its treasure.
Alexandra Trapp – age 12, Michael’s Masterpieces, Sumter, SC

They say, “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” Let’s not find out.
Audrey Wolverton – age 11, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC


GROUP III (Grades 7-9)

Conservation is important to me because I believe we need to protect wildlife for future generations
Libby Ashworth – age 14, Palmetto Christian Academy, Mt Pleasant, SC

It is important to conserve the wet lands because wetlands prevent flooding and keep river levels normal. Also, because they are home to many amazing creatures.
Emma Heesen – age 14, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC

Don’t be a schmuck; save a duck.
Grace Moore – age 14, Michael’s Masterpieces, Lexington, SC

Wildlife is a beautiful gift to the world that should not be taken for granted.
Sarah Ann Whalen – age 14, Thomas Cario Middle School, Mt Pleasant, SC

Join the flock to conservation by learning, helping, and restoring!
Caroline Whitley – age 13, Thomas Cario Middle School, Awendaw, SC


GROUP IV (Grades 10-12)

The problem speaks for itself; be the translator.
Destiny Denue – age 16, James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC

All living creatures deserve the home the Earth provides for them.
Nikayra Emmons – age 16, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC

It is important to protect wildlife habitats so future generations can witness the same species we have the privelage to see now.
Allison Gonyer – age 17, Cane Bay High, Summerville, SC

The ability to conserve life is priceless, while the failure to do so is costly.
Sarah Imgrund – age 16, Homeschool, Summerville, SC

Conservation of wetlands is important to preserve the environment for future generations.
Anna Walker – age 15, Socastee High, Myrtle Beach, SC

See all of the winning entries here . . .

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