The Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams
2021 Contest Winners on #theRiverStartsHere YouTube
Contest entries will consist of 25- or 55-second videos about water pollution. All Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington County Oregon high school students are invited to participate. Public, private, charter, and home school students are eligible. Clark County, WA middle to high school students apply here.
Up to five $500 Prizes will be awarded, details below.
Application deadline: April 24, 2022 Submit your video link here.
Finalists notified: May 9, 2022
Deadline for finalists to submit MP4 files: May 16, 2021
Promote your video for People’s Choice award: May 20-26, 2022
Winners notified and press release distributed: June 1, 2022
STEPS to Enter.
You already know that water is vital to our existence. But did you know that we all live in a watershed that drains to a creek, stream, lake, river, and eventually, the ocean? We are all connected by water. Rivers are great life forces that sustain our iconic pacific northwest salmon, trout, and sturgeon, support wildlife and provide people a place to boat, float, splash, fish, and paddle. They are used for shipping goods and some are even used as a source of drinking water.
The goal of this contest is to teach others with your video about cultural connections to water and nature and/or positive ways to contribute to water protection.
The contest is open to 9th-12th grade students in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties through this application form. Clark County students can also apply through a different application process.
There are two main content themes. Drinking Water/Don't Dump That! or Everyday Actions Add Up. There are suggested focus areas within each theme along with #hashtags. Don't forget to include your call to action and #hashtag at the end of your video.
Up to five $500 prizes will be awarded in the two content theme areas: Our Drinking Water / Don't Dump That! and Everyday Actions Add Up. Two of the five awards will include Honoring Diverse Voices and the People’s Choice for the video that receives the most community views, likes, and comments on #theRiverStartsHere YouTube channel. (See timeline).
Video contest entries can be either 25 or 55 seconds long to allow them to be used in The River Starts Here social media campaigns. All entries become property of The River Starts Here campaign and may be post production edited with RSH logo and branding.
Yes, we’ll accept two entries per student. Please complete a separate application form for each entry.
Please limit the use of copyright free stock footage, if you can. We want to see your creativity! Your entry should primarily consist of original footage, filmed or animated by you or your team. Review YouTube’s policies on what is acceptable as Fair Use.
If you use music in your video, be sure to include documentation of the source and legal rights in your application form. Learn about YouTube’s copyright policies and find out how to get free music. Note, if you use TikTok to edit your video, you must select "commercial sounds" for music or use YouTube's copyright free music after uploading a music free video from TikTok.
The Portland-Vancouver Metro region is built on the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other tribes. The accomplishments, contributions, and stewardship of land, air, and water by the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community have long been suppressed, marginalized, and excluded.
The River Starts Here campaign is committed to amplifying the voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to promote and engage in an ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion dialogue that will lead to meaningful change and equitable outcomes including safe and welcoming experiences in the outdoors. We are committed to building a platform for shared stories, voices and lived experiences.
Students are welcome to feature their cultural native language as voice or subtitle and to use English as the alternate.
*Two of the awards include:
A. Honoring Diverse Voices -best video submitted by students who identify as part of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community (see application form)
B. People’s Choice -all accepted submissions will automatically be entered and the video receiving the most community views, likes, and comments on #theRiverStartsHere YouTube channel (see timeline)