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Reusable Water Bottle PSA

Friends of the Petaluma River's Watershed Classroom, in collaboration with the City of Petaluma, is offering three scholarships to high school students with the best videos answering the following prompt:

Film and edit a public service announcement encouraging the public to use reusable water bottles as a way to keep plastic water bottles out of our waterways. This can be a skit, fake newscast, music video, documentary style video, or even an animated film. Be creative!


AWARDS

FIRST PLACE $750

SECOND PLACE $500

THIRD PLACE $250

Awards will be distributed at the Watershed Classroom Student Showcase on May 17th (Exact date subject to change).

Who is Eligible?

Students grades 9-12 at any school in Petaluma or Penngrove.

This includes Petaluma, Casa Grande, San Antonio, St. Vincent de Paul, Sonoma Mountain, and Carpe Diem High Schools. Home school students also welcome.

Students may work in teams but cash prize will be split between them.

Winner Determined By:

  1. Accuracy of knowledge shared
  2. Clarity of ideas conveyed
  3. Video aesthetics

Thank you to all of the students who submitted videos 

The 2019 annual video award will be launched in the spring.

Guidelines for Entry

  1. Videos should be exactly 40 OR 55 seconds long.
  2. Last scene of the video must include the Friends of the Petaluma River, Watershed Classroom, and City of Petaluma Logos (Available for download below).
  3. All entries must be created by students without professional assistance (Teacher advice ok).
  4. Contestants must have rights to all media (sound, music, images) included in the video. (See "Additional Resources" section below for more information on usage rights and copyright laws)
  5. Each entry should be submitted in one of the following formats: .mp4, .mpg, .wmv, .avi, or .mov.
  6. Entries must be submitted with sources cited for all visual and audio media. This will be part of contestants’ entry form, not included in the video.
  7. Videos should be submitted with entry form (below) 

Edits

Contestants may be required to edit videos before receiving award money. Always keep an editable version of your video on a device which you have access to even when school is not in session.

Entry Form

Due to unforeseen complications with uploading videos to JotForm, please submit your form here
and then email your video to moira@friendsofthepetalumariver.org.
We look forward to viewing your video!


Logos

Click images to download


Additional Resources

Sound and Music Resources

 

An in-depth explanation of how you are allowed to use music and sound in your Watershed Classroom Video Award Submission.

An explanation of US music copyright laws by Public Domain Information (pdinfo.com).

NOTE: Sites listed in this article have NOT been tested or verified by Friends of the Petaluma River or the City of Petaluma. Use at your own risk!

NOTE: Sites listed in this article have NOT been tested or verified by Friends of the Petaluma River or the City of Petaluma. Use at your own risk!

Using Images and Video

 

An in-depth explanation of how you are allowed to use video and images in your Watershed Classroom Video Award Submission.

An explanation on the legal use of images from coyprightlaws.com.

NOTE: Sites listed in this article have NOT been tested or verified by Friends of the Petaluma River or the City of Petaluma. Use at your own risk!

Filming a Public Service Announcement

 

Link to the Public Service Announcement description on Wikipedia. 

A link to the article "How to Make the Perfect Public Service Announcement" by the Center for Digital Education.

A page containing past winners of a similar award in the Russian River Watershed. NOTE: Be inspired by these videos. Do not copy them!


Last Year's Winning Submission:

Pollution Solution
Alisa Dreyer & Logan Douglas
Petaluma High School

Last year's contest was about storm water pollution in the Petaluma Watershed! (NOTE: This is a longer form video than this year's specifications allow.)


Contact stephanie@friendsofthepetalumariver.org with any questions