2010 April 8 Deadline: EPA: Faces of the Grassroots: Environmental Justice Video Contest Submit Your Video

2010 April 8 Deadline: EPA: Faces of the Grassroots: Environmental Justice Video Contest

Submit Your Video
Submit your entry through YouTube by 11:59pm April 8th. Remember to also submit an entry form.
Prizes (for both contests)
  • 1st prize – $2500
  • 2nd prize – $1500
  • 3rd prize – $1000
  • Student Winners (13-18 yrs old) – $500
Important Dates
  • 03/01/10 – Contest Begins
  • 04/08/10 – Last Day to submit entries
  • Winners announced in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day
Faces of the Grassroots Contest Logo

We are sponsoring an environmental justice video contest that challenges amateur and professional filmmakers to create videos that capture the faces of the environmental justice movement. The Faces of the Grassroots contest is an opportunity to publicly exhibit creativity, environmental justice stories, and connect with others working to raise awareness of the movement. Learn more about Environmental Justice.
Faces of the Grassroots contest is an opportunity to:

  • tell your environmental justice stories,
  • publicly exhibit your creativity, and
  • connect with others working to raise awareness about environmental justice.

Videos can focus on any environmental justice activity, issue, or topic. For example:

  • submit a music video about climate change and how it will affect your community,
  • send us a video describing what environmental justice means to you, or
  • highlight a project that made your community a healthier and happier place to live.

Awards will be given to the winning submissions in each category. The videos will also be featured on EPA’s website and may be used as public service announcements. Entries must be received by 11:59pm Eastern time on Thursday, April 8th. We will announce winners in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day.


Public Service Announcements (30-60 seconds) Informational Video (3-5 minutes)
1st Place – $2,500 1st Place – $2,500
2nd Place – $1,500 2nd Place – $1,500
3rd Place – $1,000 3rd Place – $1,000
Student Winner – $500 (13-18 years old) Student Winner – $500 (13-18 years old)

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How to Enter Videos

  1. Review the contest rules and eligibility requirements before you begin.
  2. Make a 30 or 60 second video (for public service announcements) or a 3 to 5 minute video (for instructional and/or informational videos) that reflects the theme of the competition—Faces of the Grassroots—by capturing environmental justice stories. Submissions that do not meet the time requirement will not be judged.
  3. Make sure your video ends by displaying EPA’s Web address – www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/ – for at least 3 seconds. Be sure to check your spelling of EPA’s Web address.
  4. If you do not have a free YouTube account, create one Exit EPA.
  5. Submit your video on or before 11:59pm on April 8th, 2010 as a video response Exit EPA to our promotional video on EPA’s YouTube Contest Site Exit EPA.
  6. Fill out the entry form.

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Rules and Eligibility

  • You must be a US citizen or legal resident to enter and win. EPA employees, contractors, or grantees and their immediate family members may post their videos, but are not eligible to win.
  • Videos that were developed with federal funding (contracts, grants, cooperative agreements) may be submitted, but are not eligible to win.
  • Videos must be 30 or 60 seconds in length (for public service announcements) or a 3 to 5 minute video (for instructional and/or informational videos).
  • Videos must not contain violence, profanity, sex, or direct attacks on individuals or organizations.
  • The video must be your own original creation. No copyrighted music, video, or images may be used in submissions to this contest.
  • Videos must not infringe on any third party rights.
  • Videos must not have been produced for compensation or posted on any EPA Web page.
  • Videos must be accompanied by a contest entry form. This form must provide valid contact information.
  • Winners must provide a copy of the original video file to EPA to receive an award. Winners will be contacted by email to provide the original video.
  • By submitting a video to this contest, you grant to EPA a royalty-free license to copy, distribute, modify, display and perform publicly and otherwise use, and authorize others to use, your video for any educational purpose throughout the world and in any media.
  • EPA reserves the right to make your video available to the general public from its Web site and to distribute it to groups and any other organizations interested in showing it for educational purposes, including, but not limited to, on Internet sites, at conferences and events, on television, and other media outlets.
  • EPA will disqualify any entries it deems to contain offensive material.
  • Entries must be received by 11:59pm April 8th, 2010. Winners will be notified via e-mail and announced on the contest Web site in April.
  • Entrants must agree to these terms and conditions, or the agreement of a legal guardian must be obtained if the entrant is a minor.
  • EPA reserves the right to not select a winner if none of the entries received are judged to be high quality based on the Rules and Eligibility.
  • Please don’t use the EPA seal or logo.

If your video follows the rules and meets the eligibility criteria above, it will be judged by a panel based on creativity and originality, content of message, relation to this year’s theme, and video/audio quality.

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Frequent Questions

What constitutes “immediate family?”
“Immediate family members” shall include spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as “in-laws”, or by current or past marriage, remarriage, adoption, co-habitation or other familial extension, and any other persons residing at the same household location, whether or not related.
Can videos be submitted that have already been released to news organizations and other groups?
Yes, although we seek to have the development of new videos, the rules exclude videos that have been previously been published for compensation, ones that are already featured in the EPA Web Pages or any video that would infringe on third party rights. All videos, regardless of when published, must meet all the criteria required to be eligible (i.e. length, ending with www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice, etc.).
Are EPA employees, contractors, or grantees allowed to assist in the development of the videos (i.e. provide narration, man the camera, act in the video, etc.)?
No, to avoid any legal repercussions, any video in which EPA employees, contractors or grantees assist will not be eligible to win.

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Privacy Policy

Personal information collected from video submitters to EPA’s Faces of the Grassroots Contest will never be sold. The information collected for this contest will only be used to contact video submitters in direct relation to the contest.
The contest winners’ names (and the names of any honorable mentions EPA may select) will be announced publicly, after consultation with the winner and any honorable mentions, as a part of the video contest award recognition process.
All personal information collected through the contest Web site will be destroyed within 6 months of the conclusion of the video contest. Any videos posted to YouTube will be subject to YouTube’s privacy policy. Exit EPA 

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