We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with our 8th annual Green-Schools Irish Water Poster Competition we will be again running our video competition category for secondary schools this year! This year’s competition’s theme is Valuing Water, which aligns with the theme for World Water Day 2021.

More information on the poster competition can be found here: https://greenschoolsireland.org/water-poster-competition-2021/

The deadline for entries to this year’s competition is Friday, February 26, 2021.

Competition details & downloads

This year’s video competition is open to entries from secondary school students only. Students can enter as individuals or in groups up to a maximum of 20 people. The prize for this year’s winner is €2000 to be spent by their Green-Schools committee for video or tech equipment, or as they see fit.

Videos should be produced in landscape and last no longer than three minutes. Videos should be uploaded in MP4 format (no larger than 200MB) to this link https://www.dropbox.com/request/Wn4j6BQOacPQCWZEiCXR. please fill in your details in the application form downloadable from https://greenschoolsireland.org/video-competition-entry-details/ and email it to waterevents@eeu.antaisce.org. Entries submitted without the form will not be considered.

We have sent a poster and information on the video competition’s terms and conditions to all eligible schools which will be arriving soon. You can read a copy of all our T&Cs by clicking here: https://greenschoolsireland.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/TCs-7.pdf

Theme: Valuing Water

There are many ways to interpret this year’s competition theme: Valuing Water. The theme is inspired by the theme for World Water Day 2021.

  • Visit the UN World Water Day page here (it will be updated for 2021 in December 2020)

When speaking about this year’s theme in your classroom or among your school group a good place to begin the discussion is around the two water-focused Global Goals: numbers 6 and 14, Clean Water and Sanitation and Life Below Water.

The Global Goals website’s Resources section has further information on each goal, along with videos, materials, campaign information and images that could all be used as inspiration to begin working on posters or videos: https://www.globalgoals.org/resources

The World’s Largest Lesson website is a great resource for schools to help teach about the Global Goals. Their page on Goal 6 is: http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/global-goals/clean-water-sanitation/ and their page on Goal 14 is: http://worldslargestlesson.globalgoals.org/global-goals/life-below-water/.

Other tips:

  • The videos should inspire actions in others and carry a message linked to the competition’s theme!
  • Don’t forget the theme! Keep this year’s theme in mind when creating your video; we love seeing how our themes are interpreted each year and can’t wait to see what this year’s entries will do with the theme.
  • Don’t use any music for which you do not own the rights. If you search for royalty-free music online you should be able to find music that fits your video without incurring any copyright issues.
  • Make sure you film your videos in landscape. As this is a requirement, any videos submitted in the portrait orientation will not be considered for the prize.
  • Ensure you have plenty of light and there is not too much background noise when videoing so everything is clear.
  • Have fun!

Questions?

If you have any questions about this year’s competition, your entries or your school’s eligibility please contact us at waterevents@eeu.antaisce.org and we’ll be happy to help.

View last year’s winning video entry on our YouTube page.