Call for Entry to Young Media Makers

Adobe Youth Voices Awards recognizes media with original, high-quality youth-produced content that creatively express the vision for driving positive change in local communities. Eligible projects must be created by youth between the ages of 13-19 and demonstrate the power of media to give voice to youth issues and concerns.  Media must have been created between 2011-2013 and submitted by an eligible adult educator. Participation is completely free and does not require the use or purchase of Adobe products.

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  • Youth ages 13-19 are eligible to participate by teaming up with adult educators who are from any school or youth organization worldwide. In order to submit media, all educators are welcome to register with Adobe Youth Voices Community at no cost.
  • If you are an educator affiliated to Adobe Youth Voices through one our partner organizations please submit your media via the Adobe Youth Voices online community.


PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE TWO SUBMISSION DEADLINES. READ MORE IN "TIMING"

Rules and Regulations

Please read the rules and regulations carefully

Official Rules

Submitting your media project(s) to the Adobe Youth Voices Awards means that you have agreed to all of the rules and regulations listed.

Timing

Call for Submissions are now open. Please take careful note there are two submission deadline dates.

FIRST SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

  • All media created between 2010 to 2013 should be submitted no later than midnight Pacific Time on February 14, 2014.

SECOND SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

  • All media created after January 2014 should be submitted no later than midnight Pacific Time on April 18, 2014.

Award winners to be announced in June 18, 2014.

Eligibility

  • Media submitted to the Adobe Youth Voices Awards must be created by youth between the ages of 13-19. *NOTE: Special exceptions may apply. Please contact Adobe Youth Voices Awards coordinators here to find out if your project is eligible.
  • Participation is not open to any resident of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
  • All submissions must be submitted by an educator who has worked directly with the youth producers of the project. The educator must be participating in Adobe Youth Voices, either through Adobe Youth Voices partnerships or as a registered member of the Adobe Youth Voices Community.

Sign up for Adobe Youth Voices Community

If you are an educator who would like to participate but you are not currently part of Adobe Youth Voices, please do the following:

Educators can work in formal or informal educational settings (classroom, youth center, NGO, etc). Signing up is free and does not require the purchase of Adobe products.

Format

  • All media must be submitted online through Adobe Youth Voices Awards.
  • For Videos: You may choose ONE method of submitting your project:
    • Raw Files: Files must be MP4 following the Adobe Youth Voices program video encoding requirements (Video Encoding requirements to be attached.)
    • Youtube link – If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Youtube, you may enter the link as a submission.
    • Vimeo link- If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Vimeo, you may enter the link as a submission.
  • For Photographs or Still images: Files must be JPEG
  • For Graphic Design: Files must be JPEG
  • A brief (100 word) artistic statement must be submitted. This statement should be about the work, explaining why it was made, who the intended audience is, how it was exhibited, and any other pertinent information.
  • A photograph and biography of the youth media maker(s) must be submitted in order to complete the submission process. (Please Note: Photos and biography will be used on the Adobe Youth Voices Awards website if submission is chosen. If there is more than one youth media maker involved, please submit individual photos.)
  • Videos that are not in English must have English subtitles.
  • All videos must have a total minimum running time of 1 minute and a total maximum running time of 10 minutes, including title and end credits.
  • Categories for submission include:
    • Video
      • Animation
      • Documentary
      • Music Video
      • Narrative
      • Poetry/Experimental
    • Digital Print
      • Photo Essay
      • Poster Campaign
  • NOTE: All materials used in the production of the Adobe Youth Voices Awards projects (music, photos, video, etc) must be original, copyright free, or used with permission of the creator of the work.

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Categories

Animation

Animation is the art of making images, pictures, and objects come to life by making it appear that they are moving. Animation can take many styles, and appropriate projects for this category include stop motion, computer generated, Flash, hand-drawn, motion graphics, and/or a hybrid of formats.

For sample work please click here

If you are not an AYV Community educator yet, please register at: http://youthvoices.adobe.com/community/

Documentary

Documentaries aim to tell a story or share a perspective through the documentation of real life events, past or present. Appropriate projects for this category would be non-fiction videos exploring current or historical issues or pieces about a subject, person, or persons.

For sample work please click here

If you are not an AYV Community educator yet, please register at: http://youthvoices.adobe.com/community/

Music Video

Music videos are visual interpretations of original youth-produced music, using original video footage that is tied to the themes and message of their lyrics.

For sample work please click here

If you are not an AYV Community educator yet, please register at: http://youthvoices.adobe.com/community/

Narrative

A narrative video tells a fictional story, though it may be based on real life events or issues.

For sample work please click here

If you are not an AYV Community educator yet, please register at: http://youthvoices.adobe.com/community/

Poetry

Poetry is the art of rhythmic composition, written or spoken. A Poetry video is an artistic practice deriving from visual art and cinema where standard conventions are challenged and commented on. Appropriate projects for this category include original visual poetry, abstract works, or experimental video.

For sample work please click here

If you are not an AYV Community educator yet, please register at: http://youthvoices.adobe.com/community/

Poster Campaign

Poster Campaign is a creative process of combining text and images for advertisements, magazines, or books. Appropriate projects for this category include original posters, collages, or campaign designs.

For sample work please click here

If you are not an AYV Community educator yet, please register at: http://youthvoices.adobe.com/community/

Photo Essay

Appropriate projects in this category should be original photographs that tell a story, document or address critical issues and effect positive change, both locally and globally. Projects can be a single image or a series of images.

For sample work please click here

If you are not an AYV Community educator yet, please register at: http://youthvoices.adobe.com/community/

Media submissions must not contain any inappropriate use of vulgarity, violence, defamatory language or any other subject deemed by the Adobe Youth Voices Awards organizers to be inappropriate for the tone of the competition.

Prizes

Adobe Youth Voices Awards will be awarded to three projects per category. Winning projects to be announced June 18, 2014:

  • First Prize Category - Chosen by individual judges from related industries
  • Second Prize Category - Chosen by individual judges from related industries
  • Audience Award - Chosen by audiences worldwide

Prizes will be awarded to youth artist(s), as well as the school/organization where the project was produced. Winning media content will receive broad recognition and exposure through wide multi-platform distribution of their work, including online, print magazine, film festivals, and DVD.

The announcement of Awards Winners will be made on June 18, 2014


Check back frequently for updated information about the Adobe Youth Voices Awards.