Island Press and SER Student Video Contest with $750 Scholarship

Why restore?

This probably isn’t the first time you’ve been asked that question, but here’s your chance to share your answer with the world. Produce a video no longer than four minutes that addresses the question “Why restore?” You can share details of an ecological restoration project you started, facilitated, or in which you participated that explores restoration, its importance to ecology and the broader environment, and its impact on the community at large.

 

 

Contest rules: 

Photo credit: SER University of Washington Student Association, Volunteer plant salvage event 2014
Photo credit: SER University of Washington Student Association,
Volunteer plant salvage event 2014
 

Contest is open to students and early-career professionals no more than two years out of school. Videos must be one to four minutes in duration and you can work individually or in teams of up to four. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube (include tags “islandpress,” “SER2014,” and “restorevideo”) and entrants must email restorevideo@islandpress.org with the full name(s), email address(es), and academic or professional affiliation(s) of each person in the team, a link to the video, and a 400-word description of the project by September 3, 2014. See www.islandpress.org/restorevideo for complete rules and contest details.

 

Judging:

Island Press will create a web page with links to each video where the public will be able to vote for their favorite. Voting will be open to the public from September 5 – 10, 2014. A panel of judges chosen by the Society of Ecological Restoration and Island Press will review the five videos that receive the most votes. From the top five, the judges will rank the winning videos based on criteria that include adherence to the principles of ecological restoration (resources, including SER’s primer on ecological restoration, available online), quality of presentation, and persuasiveness of the argument for the merits of ecological restoration. The creator(s) of the winning video will be notified by September 15.

  

Prizes:

Photo credit: SER University of Washington Student Association, Invasive Ivy Restoration 2014
Photo credit: SER University of Washington Student Association,
Invasive Ivy Restoration 2014
 

The person(s) who created the winning video will receive a total of $750 to apply towards travel expenses associated with attending the SER Northwest/Great Basin Joint Conference in Redmond, Oregon, October 6-10, where the winner will be announced. If none of the winners choose to attend the conference or if there are funds remaining, the scholarship may be applied to support the studies of students or the work of young professionals. In addition, he, she, or they will receive a one-year SER student membership, access to an Island Press author mentor selected to match their interests, and the opportunity to work with the Island Press publishing team on a short electronic book on restoration. The person(s) who created the second place video will receive a cash scholarship of $250; the person(s) who created the third place video will receive a cash scholarship of $100. In conjunction with the conference, Island Press will issue a press release highlighting the winning videos.

 

Release:

By submitting this video to the Island Press/Society for Ecological Restoration video contest, you agree to the terms and conditions.