Watershed Video and Photography Contest

The IRWP's Watershed Video and Photography Contest will serve to encourage others to care about our watershed and educate on ways students and their parents can improve our watershed.

We want your 25 second (minimum) to 3 minute (maximum) educational videos about watersheds and/or photograph of our watershed.

There will be three winners in both categories, video and photography.  Classrooms, organizations, and home school students are encouraged to enter.  For more information, go to:

Contest Information: 

The IRWP wants to get the word out about watersheds and how we can help improve our watershed.  The video and/or photograph will serve to educate, inspire, and inform.

Three winners in each category will be chosen and will each receive a cash prize.  The Frist through Third place winning videos and photographs will be acknowledged on our website at www.IRWP.org.

Grade/Age Requirements:

We are accepting entries from elementary through senior high students.  Entries in these grade levels can include youth organizations such as Boy Scouts, 4-H, Girl Scouts, etc.

Video Prizes:

  • 1st Place: $500
  • 2nd Place: $250
  • 3rd Place: $100

Photography Prizes:

  • 1st Place: $100
  • 2nd Place: $75
  • 3rd Place: $50

Entries must be postmarked no later than October 1st.  Winners will be announced at the IRWP's Annual Membership Meeting and also on our website at www.IRWP.org.

Showcase your sense of humor, knowledge, and creativity.  We request entries discuss any of the following aspects and any other aspects pertinent to our watershed:

  • Where is the Illinois River Watershed?
  • What a watershed is and why should you care?
  • Ways to improve Water Quality
  • What is a Rain Garden?
  • How does a Rain Garden benefit the Watershed?
  • How do you build a Rain Garden?
  • Your group building a Rain Garden
  • How do trees benefit the Watershed?
  • Your group planting trees
  • What is a Riparian Buffer?
  • How to get involved in the Illinois River Watershed Partnership
  • Our web address: www.IRWP.org

Requirements: 

Videos and photographs will be judged by an expert panel on the basis of:

  • Creativity and Originality
  • Quality
  • Technical Accuracy
  • Content of Message
  • Your video must be submitted as a QuickTime/MOV, WMV, MPEG, AVI, and must be put on a DVD and mailed with the following entry form.
  • Your photograph must be submitted as a JPEG and must be put on a CD and mailed with the following entry form.
  • You must have a video or photograph release form signed by each person appearing in the video/photograph and his/her guardian if s/he is a minor.  If your entry is chosen, the IRWP will need to have copies of these releases.  The IRWP will provide each winner a sample release form.
  • Entries can be funny or serious, as long as they focus on the contest theme.
  • Keep it clean.  No violence, profanity, sex, or direct attacks on individuals or organizations.
  • Your entry must not infringe on any third party rights.
  • By submitting a video/photograph to this contest, you grant the IRWP a royalty-free license to copy, distribute, modify, display, and otherwise use your video/photgraph, as well as authorize others to use your entry for any educational or promotional purpose.

Rules: 

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident to enter and win.  IRWP members or employees and their immediate family members may enter, but are not eligible to win.
  • Entrants must complete the contest entry form and provide valid contact information.
  • The contest entry form must be mailed along with your DVD/CD.
  • Entries will be judged by an expert panel on the basis of creativity and originality, quality, technical accuracy, and content of the message.  IRWP reserves the right to not select a winner if none of the entries received are judged to be high quality based on the above criteria.
  • The video/photograph must be your own original creation.  No copyrighted music, video, or images may be used in your entry.
  • Your entry must not infringe on any third party rights.
  • By submitting a video/photograph, you grant the IRWP a royalty-free license to copy, distribute, modify, display, and otherwise use your video/photograph, as well as authorize others to use your entry for any educational or promotional purpose. 
  • IRWP reserves the right to make your video/photograph available to the general public from its website and to distribute it to watershed groups and any other organizations interested in showing it for educational purposes, including, but not limited to, on Internet sites, at conferences and events, on television, and other media outlets.
  • IRWP will disqualify any entries it deems to contain offensive material.
  • You must have a contest entry form filled out and signed by each person appearing in the video/photograph and his/her guardian if s/he is a minor.  If your entry is chosen, IRWP will need to have copies of these releases.
  • Entrants must agree to these terms and conditions, or the agreement of a legal guardian must be obtained if the entrant is a minor.

Mail your DVD/CD, release form, and entry form postmarked no later than October 1 to:

IRWP Video/Photography Contest               
P.O. Box 8506
Fayetteville, AR 72703

Research: 

Links for your research:

Download entry and release form

2011 Watershed Video and Photography Contest Winners  

Photographs

1st Place - "River View" by Lauren Dexter, 14 of Cave Springs, AR

Becky Roark

 

2nd Place - "Creek Reflections" by Ian Dexter, 16 of Cave Springs, AR

 "Creek Reflection" by Ian Dexter

 

Videos

1st Place - "Watershed Management" by Ryan DuChanois and Dustin Oakes                                                                        of Greenland High School - Grade 12 - EAST

2nd Place - "Get Involved" by Cave Springs 4-H Club

2011 IRWP Video Contest 1st Place Video - "Watershed Management" by Ryan DuChanois and Dustin Oakes

2011 IRWP Video Contest 2nd Place Video - "Get Involved" by Cave Springs 4-H Club