2020 Student Video Contest for River Health

The Regional Coalition of Clean Rivers and Streams (RCCRS), a partnership of local public agencies, invites 6th- through 12th-grade students to enter our first-ever Portland metro area middle and high school video contest.

We teach people about how stormwater pollution impacts our rivers and streams and steps we can all take to protect our water. We hope you want to join in, too!

2020 Winners Announced!

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We are so proud to announce the winners of #TheRiverStartsHere Student Video Contest.

Over the last year, 36 students from throughout the Portland Metro Region created videos to share their stories of how to keep our rivers and streams healthy. Thanks to them, over 4,000 community members watched these student videos, which were viewed over 11,000 times. Viewers submitted over 1,800 likes and added hundreds of comments. We have now selected the best of the best. Congratulations to these stellar youth storytellers! Each winner will each be awarded $500, be individually recognized by government leaders, and have the opportunity to screen their video at the Portland Ecofilm Festival.


Honorable Mentions

Application Details

Application deadline for entry extended to May 31, 2020!

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.

A $500 first prize will be awarded in each of these categories:

🎥 Best Long Video (55 seconds)
🎬 Best Short Video (25 seconds)
🥇 People’s Choice (overall favorite, short or long)

Video entries must focus on one of the following stormwater pollution prevention topics:

🍃 A. Leave no trace: protect rivers while enjoying the outdoors
🐟 B. We all live downstream: what connects you to Oregon’s water?
💊 C. Everyday pollution prevention: how daily routines at home can pollute stormwater
🚗 D. Cars: minimize water pollution from driving and maintaining vehicles
🤝 E. Watershed councils: make a commercial promoting your local council

Application Materials

Application deadline for entry extended to May 31, 2020!

✔️ Application form

✔️ Video release form

✔️ Eligibility Checklist and Deadlines

✔️ Fact Sheets