Announcing the 2014 Water Spots Video Contest
Shoot. Edit. Submit. Get famous! Our contest challenges teens to create compelling and original 25-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos on a select water efficiency topic. The contest is open to high school students in Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer counties, and the City of West Sacramento.
Winners will be announced at a Sacramento River Cats game in spring 2014, and winning spots will be displayed on the Raley Field Jumbotron. Winning students and teachers will also get cash prizes. The grand prize winner's spot may become part of Regional Water Authority's 2014 television campaign.
PSA videos must focus on the selected 2014 water efficiency theme: Don't be a gutter flooder: Prevent overspray and runoff. Judging will be based on creativity, entertainment value, accuracy, originality and incorporation of the water efficiency topic.
Download the Entry packet
2014 Theme and Messages (pdf)
Contest Timeline and Prizes (pdf)
Basic Rules (pdf)
2014 Guidelines and Official Rules (pdf)
Additional Resources (pdf)
Uploading Student Videos Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)
Participating Water Providers (pdf)
"Living Rivers" Supplement (pdf)
Water Spots Common Core Correlation (pdf)
Get Educated about Water
Did you know that more than 65 percent of a household's yearly water use goes toward landscape irrigation and that more than 30 percent is lost to over watering and evaporation? Get educated about water issues by visiting BeWaterSmart.info to learn more about the 2014 water efficiency theme.
PSA Video Examples
You may be wondering what a good 25-second PSA video on water efficiency looks like. A good video is not hard to make. The first Water Spots contest attracted nearly 90 entries from high school students throughout the Sacramento region. From raps and jingles to serious messages about water scarcity, Sacramento-area high school students showed off their original ideas about sprinkler system efficiency (the 2013 contest theme). Check out the 2013 Water Spots Video Contest finalists.
Water Spots Video Contest Timeline
- Now through February 28, 2014 -- Teachers may enroll.
- January 1 - March 7, 2014 -- Students may upload their videos here.
- March 7 - March 21, 2014 -- Videos will be reviewed by a team of judges. The top videos will advance the next round of competition.
- March 24 - April 4, 2014 -- We will post the top videos online and ask students, teachers and Bee readers to vote for their favorite.
- April 13, 2014 - The winning videos will be announced at Raley Field .
Uploading Your Video
Students may upload their videos starting January 1, 2014 by going here.