2022 Sustainable Communities Workshop video contest for youth

Youth ages 8-17 are invited to enter the Sustainable Communities Workshop Youth Video Contest for a chance to win $100 or other prizes! The winners will be announced during the 17th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop on Nov. 01.


Create a video explaining: If you were in charge of the world, what actions would you take to improve the health of our planet?


  • Contestants must live in Sarasota, Manatee, or Charlotte County.
  • There will be one winner per age group (age as of Sept. 1, 2022):
    • 8 – 10 years old;
    • 11 – 13; and
    • 14 – 17.
  • Only one video submission per person or group (you can enter as a team).
  • Video must be no more than 2 minutes.
  • Video must be original content and work of the youth. Do not use copyrighted sounds or music in your submission.
  • Video must address the stated task (above).
  • Be creative.

Video Judging

  • Content (20 points):
    • Did the contestant describe what a healthy planet means to them?
    • Did the video show/explain specific personal actions that could improve our planet’s health?
    • Video is no more than 2 minutes.
  • Technical Quality (10 points):
    • Lighting: Can the subject(s) be seen? Is it (or, are they) in a well-lit area?
    • Sound: Can the speaker(s) be heard? Is there excessive background noise?
    • Video Quality: Is the video stable (not shaky)?
    • Editing: If used, are transitions smooth? Are speakers cut off in mid-speech?
  • Creativity (20 points):
    • Did the youth present an innovative use of videography, editing, materials and/or ideas?

Video Submission

Submit your video at: http://tiny.cc/scw22video_youthcontest

All submissions are due by Oct. 05.

*UPDATE* Due to the impacts of hurricane Ian, the deadline has been extended to Oct. 17. If you already submitted a video and would like to make changes, re-submission is allowed until Oct. 17.

A parent/guardian must submit the video on behalf of the youth participant. The online submission form (above) includes a consent statement.


The winner of each age group will receive a *$100 gift card. All participants receive a certificate, a free ticket to the Sustainable Communities Workshop, and a reusable straw.


This web page lists a few free resources available for video editing.

Sustainable Communities Workshop

Participants of the Youth Video Contest receive free admission to this year’s Sustainable Communities Workshop, an annual event that brings community members together around sustainability. Residents, businesses, students, and others gather to learn from knowledgeable speakers and panel discussions. Registrants are welcome to attend in-person at the New College Harry Sudakoff Conference Center or participate virtually. Student tickets and financial assistance to attend are available. Visit the event website to learn more.


For questions and assistance, about the contest or the workshop, please contact sustainability staff at SustainableSarasota@scgov.net or 941-861-5000.

*Gift cards will be provided by the Sustainable Communities Workshop fiscal host, Transition Sarasota.




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Posted: August 30, 2022

Category: Conservation, Natural Resources, Work & Life
Tags: Contest, Pgm_Sustain, SCW, Scw22, Sustainability, Sustainable Communities Workshop, Video, Videography, Youth

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