Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Go Green with the Grinch Video Contest

Feeling creative? Then grab your video camera, digital camera, or cell phone, make a 1-minute video about how to green the holiday season, and submit it into the Go Green with the Grinch Video Contest for a chance to win some great prizes!

I'm too much of a perfectionist and would end up missing the deadline while recording version after version of my own video, but if any of you participate in the contest I would be happy to vote for your submission!

Here's what you need to know:

The Basics: the contest runs from November 15th to December 13th, 2010. Your video must be a maximum of 60 seconds long and relate to the "Go Green with the Grinch" theme of making the holiday season more environmentally friendly. You can show one activity in great detail or try to cover as many greening tips as possible.

Eligibility: you must live in the GTA (incl. Toronto, Durham, York, Halton, and Peel regions) to be eligible to participate, and if you are under 18 years of age, an adult needs to submit your video on your behalf. Obviously, the content must be original, and you may not use clips from existing videos! Note that the submissions will be reviewed and approved by the contest organizers before being posted on the contest website.

Voting: tell all your friends about your video because the winners are decided by popular vote! Hopefully your friends are a bit obsessive and glued to their computers because voters are allowed to cast their virtual ballots as often as once an hour for the full four-week duration of the contest! Naturally, social networking media are quite useful for spreading the word about your 60-second masterpiece.

Prizes: first prize is a one-night stay at One King Hotel, second prize is a Batavas Old Dutch bike, and third prize is a Sony 3D/2D Blue Ray Player with an assortment of Blue Ray discs. Not bad at all! All winners, including five honourable mentions, will also receive two tickets to the "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" musical, as well as prize packs from Live Green Toronto and Toronto Hydro.

Winners will be notified via e-mail on December 14th and must complete a declaration form by December 17th in order to be declared a winner on December 20th.

For full contest rules, and to submit your video and vote, go to the contest website. There you will also find holiday greening tips, and in the coming week I will be posting some of own.

The contest is already on, so get to it!

Photo credits: 1940's video camera - turkeychik; string of popcorn and cranberries - Gare and Kitty; social networking cloud - davidking; grinch ornament - garlandcannon (all via flickr)

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