Official Contest Rules

CONTEST OVERVIEW - TAKE CARE OF TEXAS VIDEO CONTEST

Texas middle and high school students and students home-schooled in Texas who are in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) Take Care of Texas Video Contest (Contest). Each entry will help spread a positive environmental message. Students’ 30 second video public service announcement must include the slogan “Take Care of Texas. It’s the only one we’ve got.” and portray positive ways Texans can help keep our air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste in their daily lives. Students are encouraged, but not required, to explore just one of these topics such as clean air or water conservation. 

Entries will be judged by TCEQ staff, through public voting, by the TCEQ Commissioners and Executive Office, and representatives from Waste Management of Texas, Inc. Prizes will be provided by Waste Management of Texas, Inc. There will be a total of six big winners! Three winners will be selected from grade levels nine through 12 and will receive scholarship funds awarded as follows: 1st place, $2,500; 2nd place, $1,500; and 3rd place, $500.  Three winners will be selected from grade levels six through eight and will receive GoPro cameras and accessories as follows: 1st place, GoPro HERO4 Black with accessories (approximate value $840); 2nd place, GoPro HERO4 Silver with accessories (approximate value $610); and 3rd place, GoPro HERO+LCD Package with accessories (approximate value $440). If the GoPro model listed is unavailable, an equivalent model will be awarded.

The middle and high school students who win first place will be invited to travel to Austin, along with their teacher, parent, or guardian, to be recognized by the TCEQ Commissioners and representatives from Waste Management of Texas, Inc. at the 2017 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference.

All winning  videos will be showcased in Take Care of Texas and TCEQ social media posts, newsletters, and media announcements, at the 2017 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference, and on the Take Care of Texas website. 

The contest begins on  September 6, 2016. All entries must be postmarked on or before Friday, December 16, 2016. Winners will be announced on February 15, 2017. Prizes for middle school winners will be distributed by May 17, 2017. High school prizes will be distributed no later than the first semester following the Video Contest Award. Contest rules and dates may be changed at TCEQ’s sole discretion.

VIDEO CONTEST REQUIREMENTS

  • Video must portray positive ways Texans can protect the environment in their daily lives including keeping the air and water clean, conserving water and energy, and reducing waste. Students are encouraged, but not required, to explore just one of these topics such as clean air or water conservation.
  • Video must include the slogan “Take Care of Texas. It’s the only one we’ve got.” The slogan can either be expressed verbally or by using the Take Care of Texas logo provided by Take Care of Texas.
  • Video quality should be at least 720p.  1080p is recommended.
  • Video must be 30 seconds long and contain a five second “title screen” at the beginning that contains the student’s name and grade and the school’s name.  The “title screen” must match the information given on the Contest Entry Form and Agreement. Please use plain white text on a black background with no animation or music.
  • The five second “title screen” DOES NOT count towards the 30 second PSA. Total time including “title screen” and PSA should be 35 seconds.
  • All video and music content must be original and royalty free or the student must submit written permission from copyright holder granting use of the copyrighted material.
  • Videos must contain a credit slide at the end for all unoriginal content such as music, video, or images. The “credit slide” DOES NOT count towards the 30 second PSA.
  • A reference list must be submitted with video for all unoriginal content such as music, video, or images.
  • Video must not contain any copyrighted materials such as company logos, product brands, or store names.  Any PSA containing such video or audio references will be disqualified.
  • Video must be original work created solely by a sixth to 12th grade student enrolled in a middle school, high school, or home-schooled in Texas. Student may receive guidance from a teacher or parent.
  • Video content must be accurate and use statistical information, facts, and data from TakeCareOfTexas.org.
  • No obligation or liability is assumed by TCEQ in connection with the contest.
  • All submitted videos are owned by the TCEQ. Winners and their parents or guardians agree to the use of the winners’ names/likenesses to promote the Take Care of Texas program and future video contests. See Video Contest Entry Form and Agreement for further details.
  • Each student may submit only one video.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be current residents of Texas, must be students in grades six through 12 as of December 16, 2016, and must comply with these Official Rules. Employees and their immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings, children, and each of the respective spouses or people living in the same household of each) of TCEQ or Waste Management of Texas, Inc. are not eligible to participate.

JUDGING

Videos will be judged based on their creativity, persuasiveness, production quality, and how well they convey positive ways to Take Care of Texas.

  • Entries will be judged based on:

    • Ability to gain the viewer’s attention and make a lasting impression.
    • Inclusion of the “Take Care of Texas. It’s the only one we’ve got.” slogan either expressed verbally or with the logos provided by Take Care of Texas.
    • Quality including characteristics such as creativity, uniqueness, accuracy, persuasiveness, clarity, and overall visual and audio production quality.
    • How well it conveys positive ways to take care of Texas.
  • All judgments are final.
  • There will be three rounds of judging, including a round of public voting, which will take place starting Jan 11 at 8 am and end Jan 25 at 4 pm
  • Entries will be judged by TCEQ staff, through public voting, the TCEQ Commissioners and Executive Office, and representatives from Waste Management of Texas, Inc. 
  • Videos will be disqualified if they do not include the slogan, “Take Care of Texas. It’s the only one we’ve got.” or the Take Care of Texas logo provided on the Video Resources page. For a full list of video requirements, see the Video Requirements page.

The top 12 videos submitted to Take Care of Texas will go up on our website and the public will get the chance to vote for their favorites.  There will be six from each age group. The top three from each age group, will then go on to the final round of judging, where Commissioners and Executive staff from TCEQ and representatives from Waste Management of Texas, Inc., will pick the first, second, and third place winners from each age group.

PRIZES

Six winners will be selected:

  • Waste Management of Texas, Inc. will provide the prizes.
  • Levels: Prizes for high school students in grades nine through 12 will include scholarship funds awarded as follows: 1st place, $2,500; 2nd place, $1,500; and 3rd place, $500.  Prizes for middle school students in grades six through eight will include GoPro cameras and accessories awarded as follows: 1st place, GoPro HERO4 Black with accessories (approximate value $840); 2nd place, GoPro HERO4 Silver with accessories (approximate value $610); and 3rd place, GoPro HERO+LCD Package with accessories (approximate value $440). If the GoPro model listed is unavailable, an equivalent model will be awarded.
  • The middle and high school students who win first place will be invited to Austin, along with their teacher, parent, or guardian, to be recognized by the TCEQ Commissioners and Waste Management of Texas, Inc. at the 2017 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference.
  • All winning videos will be showcased on the Take Care of Texas website, on social media, at the 2017 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference, and in media announcements.

VIDEO SUBMISSION

All entries must be postmarked on or before Friday, December 16, 2016 with the required documents.  Late entries will not be accepted. Videos may not have been previously submitted, distributed, aired or have won any other award in any other competition.  All videos submitted with incomplete information will be disqualified from judging. 

Entries must include the following in their submission package:

  • Video on a DVD or USB.
  • Video Contest Entry Form and Agreement completed by Entrant (and Parent/Guardian for Entrants under 18).
  • Reference list for all unoriginal content such as pictures, music, or video or written permission from copyright holder granting use of any copyrighted material. The file must be in .pdf, .docx, .txt, or .rtf.
  • Video script in .pdf, .docx, .txt, or .rtf.

Videos and their required documents should be submitted by mail to:

Take Care of Texas Video Contest, MC-104
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087

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