ASHEBORO, NC - Two members of the North Carolina Zoo's Design Department have won three awards in the recent 2010 American Graphic Design Awards competition sponsored by Graphic Design USA, one of the country's leading magazines for professional graphic designers and related creative and production professionals.

The first of the three awards went to De Potter for her work as lead designer on the North Carolina Zoo Society's membership billboard campaign. Her win came in the "Displays & Exhibits" category.

Potter received a second award in the "Publication Design" category for her work as designer for the N.C. Zoo Society's quarterly magazine Alive.

The third award went to Diane Villa in the "Logos, Trademarks & Symbols" category for her work as designer of the Kibale Forest Coalition for Conservation Education logo.

The work of Potter and Villa was selected from more than 8,000 entries.

The yearly competition is open to graphic design firms, advertising agencies, in-house corporate and institutional designers, publishers, and other media. One of the largest design competitions in the nation, it honors outstanding new work in 23 categories--from print and packaging to internet and interactive design.

The zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee A. Freeman, Secretary; Beverly E. Perdue, Governor.