Shoot. Edit. Submit. Get famous! Our contest challenges teens to create compelling and original 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) videos on the 2017 water efficiency theme, WATER MYTHS BUSTED! Most household water use occurs outdoors. The contest is open to middle school and high school students who attend school within Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer counties, and the City of West Sacramento.
Winners will be announced during the Sacramento River Cats game in early April 2017, and winning spots will be displayed on the Raley Field Jumbotron. Winning students and teachers will also get cash prizes. The grand prize winner’s spot may become part of Regional Water Authority’s television campaign. PSA videos must focus on the selected 2017 water efficiency theme as noted above.
Judging will be based on creativity, entertainment value, accuracy, originality and incorporation of the water efficiency topic.
2017 Water Spots Video Contest Timeline
September 1, 2016 through March 3, 2017 – Entry submission period
March 6, 2017 – Judging Begins
March 21-23, 2017 – Teachers and student finalist notified
March 24-April 2, 2017 – “People’s Choice” public voting period
April 2017 – Winners announced prior to River Cats game
Download the 2017 Entry Packet
2017 Contest Timeline & Prizes
2017 Theme & Background
Guidelines & Official Rules
Submitting Student Videos FAQs
Video Submission Form
Living Rivers Supplement
Common Core Correlation (Middle School)
Common Core Correlation (High School)
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Get Educated about Water
Did you know that more than 65 percent of a household’s yearly water use goes toward landscape irrigation and that more than 30 percent is lost to over watering and evaporation? Get educated about water issues by visiting BeWaterSmart.info .
PSA Video Examples
You may be wondering what a good 25-second PSA video on water efficiency looks like. A good video is not hard to make. The latest Water Spots contest attracted over 75 entries from middle school and high school students throughout the Sacramento region. From raps and jingles to serious messages about water scarcity, Sacramento-area high school students showed off their original ideas about finding and fixing leaks fast (the 2015 contest theme). Check out the 2016 Water Spots Video Contest finalists.