Water Spots Video Contest

Announcing the 2015 Water Spots Video Contest

Water Spots Video Contest

Shoot. Edit. Submit. Get famous! Our contest challenges kids to create compelling and original 25-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos on a select water efficiency topic. The contest is open to middle school and 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 2015, 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 2015 television campaign. PSA videos must focus on the selected 2015 water efficiency theme: BEAT THE LEAK: Find and fix leaks fast. Judging will be based on creativity, entertainment value, accuracy, originality and incorporation of the water efficiency topic.

2015 Water Spots Video Contest Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Water Spots Video Contest. This contest was created to encourage students to think about outdoor water efficiency. Young film makers in middle and high school were asked to create PSA videos that focused on the 2015 water efficiency theme: "BEAT THE LEAK! Find and fix leaks fast". And the winners are:

FIRST -- Noah Lopez‐Koen and Matt Dazey - "The Household Hero", Whitney High School, Rocklin (Benjamin Barnholdt, teacher)
Watch video here or here.

SECOND -- Hanah Brady and Destiny Burrows - "Save the Water", Ponderosa High School, Shingle Springs (Inez Lauerman, teacher)
Watch video here or here.

THIRD ‐‐ Justin Lok - "Beat the Leek", Franklin High School, Elk Grove (Brad Clark, teacher)
Watch video here or here.

Skyler Downes - "One Faucet", Center High School, Antelope (Vernon Bisho, teacher)
Watch video here or here.

View the videos of the Top 10 Finalists here.

Water Spots Video Contest Timeline

  • December 2014 through February 27, 2015 -- Teachers may enroll.
  • December 19 - February 27, 2015 -- Students may submit their videos (see Video Submission below).
  • March 2 - March 12, 2015 -- Videos will be reviewed by a team of judges. The top videos will advance the next round of competition.
  • March 16 - March 29, 2015 -- We will post the top videos online and ask students, teachers and Bee readers to vote for their favorite.
  • April 12, 2015 - The winning videos will be announced at Raley Field .


Download the 2015 Entry packet

Theme and Background (pdf)
Contest Timeline and Prizes (pdf)
Basic Rules (pdf)
Guidelines and Official Rules (pdf)
Additional Resources (pdf)
Sending Student Videos FAQ's (pdf)
Video Submission Form (pdf)
Participating Water Providers (pdf)
"Living Rivers" Supplement (pdf)
Water Spots Common Core Correlation (pdf)
Student Release Form (pdf)

Video Submission

Students may submit their videos starting December 19, 2014 by emailing them to sacbtest@gmail.com or click here. (If link does not work, please copy sacbtest@gmail.com and paste into a new email message). PLEASE INCLUDE the student name(s), teacher name, grade, video title and school name in your video submission email. Thank you!

Get Educated about Water

Visit BeWaterSmart.info to learn more about using water wisely and the 2015 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. Check out the 2014 Water Spots Video Contest entries!