January 2021

Student Video Contest – How do I apply?

How do I enter?

  1. Choose a topic for your video from the list at theriverstartshere.org/video-contest.
  2. Read the topic information carefully! Videos that contain inaccurate information will be disqualified.
  3. Make a 25 or 55 second video about your chosen topic. Be creative, give it a great title, and make sure it includes a clear call to action.
  4. Upload your video to YouTube with a minimum resolution of 720p. You can keep it unlisted, but be sure it’s viewable to anyone with the link.
  5. Complete the application form no later than May 20, 2021. You’ll need a working email address and your parent or guardian’s contact information if you’re under 18. 
  6. Watch your email inbox for contest information and instructions! Finalists will be notified in June, and if you’re selected you’ll be asked to submit your entry as an MP4 and given instructions about campaigning for the People’s Choice Award.

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Student Video Contest – What are the details?

Eligible Participants:

  • Are in 6th-12th grade as of fall 2020.
  • Are enrolled in a public, private, charter, or home school in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington County (Washington State students: find your contest at stormwaterpartners.com/video-contest).

Video Entries:

  • Must be exactly 55 or 25 seconds long.
  • Must focus on one of the subjects listed at theriverstartshere.org/video-contest.
  • Must be factually accurate.
  • Must be viewable on YouTube with a minimum resolution of 720p.
  • Must be submitted via completed application form.


  • Entries that meet the video entry criteria will be selected as finalists.
  • To remain eligible, finalists must submit signed waivers and photo releases and upload an MP4 file of their entry by the deadline.

Winners and Prizes:

  • $500 prizes will be awarded to each of four categories:
    • 1. Clean Water Actions
    • 2. Community Storytelling
    • 3. BIPOC Filmmaker
    • 4. People’s Choice
  • Winning videos will be edited for branding and used in the RCCRS summer 2021 water health campaign. Use may include distribution via social media and other channels. 

Dates and Deadlines:

  • May 20, 2021: applications due
  • June 4, 2021: finalists notified
  • June 11, 2021: deadline for finalists to submit MP4 files
  • June 14-21, 2021: social media campaigning for People’s Choice award open
  • July 1, 2021: winners notified and press release distributed
  • Summer 2021: winning videos used in RCCRS water health campaign
  • Fall 2021: winning videos screened during Portland EcoFilm Festival

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