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Markel American Insurance Company Names the Winner of the Markel Day on the Lake with Shaw Grigsby Photo Contest

WAUKESHA, Wis., Dec. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Markel American Insurance Company recently announced the winner of their "Markel Day on the Lake with Shaw Grigsby Photo Contest." The nationally run contest asked participants to upload a photo of  themselves with their boat that best represented their favorite fishing or boating spot, along with a brief essay on why it was their perfect boating or fishing location.

Markel received hundreds of entries, all featuring great photos and essays, and has officially deemed a winner - Steve Godlewski of Bloomington, Illinois.  Godlewski and one guest will receive one full day on the water fishing with 13-time Bassmaster Classic Qualifier and winner of the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series Sunshine Showdown Shaw Grigsby, on one of Grigsby's favorite, hometown lakes in Florida.

"When Markel first ran the idea past me, I didn't even have to think twice about it," said Grigsby. "Any day out on the water is a great day. But being able to teach others about the true joys of fishing is even better. I hope Steve is ready to catch a big ol' pig!"

Godlewski's entry won because it best exemplified the contest's judging criteria: the ability to demonstrate the emotion of boating or fishing, while also having originality, creativity, and a grammatically correct essay.

The winning entry can be viewed on and the Markel Boat Facebook Page.

"I didn't expect to pick up the phone and hear news like this," Godlewski said when he received the call. "This really made my day – and my Christmas!"

Ted Wentzel, Director of Marketing at Markel American Insurance Company best summed up the excitement of the contest, "Whether professional or recreational, fishing is all about the experience. We wanted to give someone the fishing experience of their lifetime by learning from a true fishing great, Shaw Grigsby."

About Markel American Insurance Company:
Markel American Insurance Company (part of Markel Corporation) specializes in powersports insurance such as motorcycle insurance, boat insurance and ATV insurance. For more information, visit

About Markel Corporation:
Markel Corporation markets and underwrites specialty insurance products and programs to a variety of niche markets. In each of these markets, the Company seeks to provide quality products and excellent customer service so that it can be a market leader. The financial goals of the Company are to earn consistent underwriting profits and superior investment returns to build shareholder value.

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