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Call for Entries to Young Media Makers

The Adobe Youth Voices Awards is a global competition that honors youth who make original, outstanding digital media to creatively express their vision for positive change. 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 2012-2015 and submitted by an adult educator. Participation is completely free and does not require the use or purchase of Adobe products.

Submissions Now Closed.

  • 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.

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 below.

Timing

Submissions are now closed. Check back on May 11th to view the finalists. Award winners to be announced on June 25th, 2015.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

  • All media created in 2015 MUST be submitted no later than midnight Pacific Time on April 20, 2015. For media created between 2012-2014, the submission deadline is March 9, 2015.

Award winners to be announced on June 25th, 2015.

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.

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 the 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.
    • 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.
  • These are the settings for creating the master file that will be uploaded to the Adobe Youth Voices Awards.

    Master
    Video Frame Size (16:9) 1280x720
    Frame Rate 1 to 1
    Format H. 264
    Field Order Progressive
    Pixel Aspect Ratio Square (1)
    Level 3.2
    Bitrate Encoding VBR 2 pass
    Target Bitrate 20Mbps
    Maximum Bitrate 20 Mbps
    Keyframes (every 1 sec)
    Audio Codec AAC
    Channels Stereo
    Frequency 48kHz
    Bitrate 256kbps
  • For Photographs, still images, or 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. Please note: The category for Venture has the maximum running time of 5 minutes.
  • Categories for submission include:
    • Video
      1. Animation
      2. Documentary
      3. Narrative
      4. Venture
    • Print
      1. Visual
  • 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.

Submit your project as follows:

  • Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2012 – 2014 must be submitted by March 9, 2015. All media created after January 2015 must be submitted by April 20, 2015.
  • 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.
    • 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.

If you are not an Adobe Youth Voices Community educator yet, please register at: www.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.

Submit your project as follows:

  • Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2012 – 2014 must be submitted by March 9, 2015. All media created after January 2015 must be submitted by April 20, 2015.
  • 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.
    • 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.

If you are not an Adobe Youth Voices Community educator yet, please register at: www.youthvoices.adobe.com/community

Narrative

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

Submit your project as follows:

  • Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2012 – 2014 must be submitted by March 9, 2015. All media created after January 2015 must be submitted by April 20, 2015.
  • 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.
    • 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.

If you are not an Adobe Youth Voices Community educator yet, please register at: www.youthvoices.adobe.com/community

Social Venture

A youth-led social venture is a project or organization run by youth to create positive impact in the community. Whether you are starting up or fully established, produce a video that shows the problem you’re addressing, how your solution works, and who it benefits. It could be a pitch or a story of change to inform and inspire about your journey on creating change. Be creative and engaging.

Submit your project as follows:

  • Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2012 – 2014 must be submitted by March 9, 2015. All media created after January 2015 must be submitted by April 20, 2015.
  • 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.
    • 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.

If you are not an Adobe Youth Voices Community educator yet, please register at: www.youthvoices.adobe.com/community

Visual

Visual encompasses both poster campaign and photography. 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, and original photography that addresses critical issues that effect positive change. Projects can be single image or a series of images.

Submit your project as follows:

  • Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2012 – 2014 must be submitted by March 9, 2015. All media created after January 2015 must be submitted by April 20, 2015.
  • Media must be submitted as JPEG format
  • 11x17 inches at 300 DPI

If you are not an Adobe Youth Voices Community educator yet, please register at: www.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.

  • 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

All AYV Awards Finalists and Winners will be eligible to apply for an Adobe Youth Voices Scholarship. The program supports the next generation of creatives with scholarships towards post-secondary education.

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 25th, 2015.


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