The Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams
The River Starts Here, a partnership of local public agencies striving for clean water, invites 6th through 12th grade students to enter our second annual Portland and Vancouver area middle and high school video contest. We are excited to see your creative videos that share how every person can help support clean rivers and streams!
Contest entries will consist of 25- or 55-second videos about water pollution. All Portland-Metro area middle and high school students are invited to participate. Public, private, charter, and home school students are eligible.
The contest is open to 6th-12th grade students in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties. Clark County students can also apply through a different application process.
Find a list of eligible topics above. Choose one that’s meaningful to you and read the information carefully.
Four $500 prizes are offered: Clean Water Actions, Community Storytelling, BIPOC Filmmaker, and People’s Choice. See the details above.
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.
Yes, we’ll accept two entries per student. Please complete a separate application for each entry.
We want to see your creativity! Your entry should primarily consist of original footage, filmed or animated by you. 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.
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 for all community members. Furthermore, we acknowledge that many causes of environmental degradation have disproportionately impacted BIPOC communities and that 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. As such, we have created a student BIPOC filmmaker category as part of this effort.
Students are welcome to feature their cultural native language as voice or subtitle and to use English as the alternate.
Congratulations to the winners of the first annual student video contest! Check out the playlist of the 6 winners and honorable mentions.