UW Climate Change Video Contest

UW Climate Change Video Contest

Calling all Washington state high school students: Grab your camera, phone or tablet and make a two-minute ad that will convince a climate change skeptic to take action! The Climate Change Video Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (“UW”). It’s open to the public—providing great exposure for young filmmakers and climate activists—and will be held at Town Hall Seattle this spring. 1st place winner will get $5,000, 2nd place winner will get $1,000 and 3rd place winner will get $500.

The vision of UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences is to provide world-class, internationally recognized knowledge and leadership for environmental and natural resource issues


  • The contest is open to all high school students in the state of Washington
  • You can enter the contest as a team or individual, but prize money will be awarded per video, not per person
  • Contestants must be currently enrolled in an accredited high school and provide proof of student status
  • Did you enter last year’s contest and have a great idea for another video? Go for it! Last year’s contestants and winners may enter the contest again this year, as long as they are submitting original and new material

How to Apply:

To be entering the contest, you are required to submit a video. Your ad can be targeted at anyone—the general public, voters, a friend, family member, local politician or world leader. What matters most is the power and effectiveness of your message, from your ability to engage viewers with opposing viewpoints, to the strength of your scientific reasoning.

Video Guidelines:

  • Videos must be two minutes or less. Submissions that exceed 2 minutes of playing time will not be considered.
  • Videos must be an original creation, any stock footage or other borrowed material must be used with clear attribution and the expressed permission of the original author/producer.
  • Music used in your video must be an original creation. Copyrighted music can only be used with the artist’s written consent.
  • Video files must be in one of the following formats: .mp4, .mov, .avi, or .wmv. We will not accept a link to a YouTube video, a hosted site or physical DVDs.
  • Minimum video quality is 480p Standard Quality (640 x 480 dimensions), 720p (1280 x 720 dimensions), or 1080p (1920 x 1080 dimensions).
  • Content must be technically accurate if presenting scientific information.
  • Videos must be recorded and produced in English or include English subtitles.
  • Videos should not contain or encourage dangerous or unsafe activities.
  • Participants may submit more than one video.

Submitting Details:

Individual Contestants:

  • Complete a Submission Agreement Form through the given link: https://apps.sefs.uw.edu/video/form.aspx
  • Once you have read and signed the Submission Agreement Form, you will be prompted to upload your video.

Group Contestants:

  • Each member of the group must complete a Submission Agreement Form by the given link: https://apps.sefs.uw.edu/video/form.aspx. But only ONE video is needed from the group.
  • Pick a team captain for your group.
  • Once your team captain has read and signed the Submission Agreement Form, they will be prompted to upload the group video.

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • 1st place: $5,000
  • 2nd place: $1,000
  • 3rd place: $500

Application Deadline:

Contest deadline is April 30, 2017, at midnight PST.

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Contact Information:

For assistance, you can contact sefsweb-at-uw.edu.

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