Keith Yanase Wins GTA Phone Book Cover Contest


Guam – For Keith Yanase, of Latte Heights, is the winner of the 2011 GTA TeleGuam Phone Book Cover Contest.

The 20 year old Yanase created his whimsical sand sculpture featuring an outline of the island of Guam and seaweed green lettering set against a skyline of Tumon. He captured the sparkling turquoise waters contrasting the sun-drenched sandy beaches so famous on Guam.

The winning entry will grace the covers of 75,000 GTA TeleGuam phone books published by RR Donnelly using 40 percent recycled paper.  The official Guam phone books will be distributed in January 2011.  In addition, Yanase’s winning entry will be on display in posters at the Tumon, Micronesia Mall and Agana Shopping Center GTA retail locations. Yanase will also receive a $500 check from GTA TeleGuam to help him pursue his photography hobby.

[2011 YellowBook Cover Photo Winner: GTA TeleGuam recently presented a check for $500 to Keith Yanase, winner of the 2011 YellowBook Cover Photo Contest. Present were Andrew Gayle, GTA EVP of Product Management; Keith Yanase; and Karen Gayle, GTA YellowBook Product Manager.]

A committee comprised of GTA TeleGuam and Pacific Daily News staff members working on the directory project chose Yanase’s photo out of almost 100 entries. Photo entries ran the gamut from a view of the cliffs below the UOG Marine Lab, the canons at Fort Soledad and Adelup, Asan War in the Pacific Park, and Piti bomb holes, to a flame tree, a coconut crab, carabaos, snails, mangos, and a clown fish.

A friend urged Yanase, a 2007 graduate of Harvest Christian Academy, to submit an entry.  Yanase used a Canon EOS Rebel XSI camera to capture the image.

“The contest was so successful that GTA TeleGuam plans to sponsor another one next year allowing Guam residents to capture the beauty of Guam in a photo for use on the official telephone book of the island,” said Roland Certeza, executive vice president of sales and marketing for GTA TeleGuam.

He urged all interested amateur photographers to be on the lookout for unique representations of Guam.

“You never know. Your photo might be immortalized on 75,000 phone book covers in 2012,” Certeza said.

YellowBook ad sales representatives will continue canvassing local businesses through Sept. 30 to place their ads in the 2010 directory.  Already YellowBook ad sales this year are triple over the same period last year.

For information about placing an ad in the 2011 Official Guam YellowBook directory call 1-671-644-BOOK (2665) or