Announcing the 2015 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.
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)
Students may submit their videos starting December 19, 2014 by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org or click here. (If link does not work, please copy email@example.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!
Water Spots Video Contest Timeline
- Now 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 .