Hillsborough County High Schoolers-$1,000 Video Contest

Student video journalists can win up to $1,000 for promoting the importance of protecting our drinking water resources and the Hillsborough River watershed. The 2010 “Water Stewardship” Student Video PSA Contest, sponsored by the City of Tampa Water Department, Hillsborough County Water Resource Services, and the Hillsborough River Watershed Alliance, opens today.

The contest is open to Hillsborough County high school students (grades 9 – 12) creating original Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos. Videos should raise the viewer’s awareness by explaining how water is used, the importance of conservation, the dangers of overuse, or exploring sustainable programs which will continue to protect the Hillsborough River watershed and local water resources.

Students can submit entries in one of two categories: a 60 seconds or less in length short-form and a 10 minutes or less in length long-form. One entry will receive a $1,000 grand prize. Submissions must be postmarked by midnight, March 26, 2010.

Entries will be judged more heavily on creativity, content, and persuasiveness than technical attributes. In addition to monetary prizes, the winners and a select number of entries may be chosen to appear during a 30-minute television program about local water issues and the PSA contest.

Contest rules, guidelines, technical criteria, and submission forms are available online at www.TampaGov.net/SaveWater. For questions concerning contest criteria, please contact Andrea Roshaven with the City of Tampa Water Department at (813) 274-5912 or Andrea.Roshaven@TampaGov.net .

This is great opportunity for teens to get creative and use all the electronic equipment that they have available. Rather than just creating a video to post on YouTube, kids can create a video that has a great message and that earn them $1,000. If you are a Hillsborough County high schooler or know a Hillsborough County high schooler do not miss this opportunity. Not only is the prize money a great bonus, iIf you are the winner it will be great to add that accolade to your resume or college application.

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