2021-22 Contest: Thru the Trees — Today’s Forest Careers

Students who participate in the Thru the Trees: Today’s Forest Careers Video Contest are deemed to have received, understood, and agreed to these Official Rules.


  • The Contest is open to students ages 14-18, residing and attending school in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.

  • Entries may be submitted between September 1, 2021 and April 15, 2022. Winners will be announced no later than May 1, 2022.

  • There is no entry fee.

  • Students may submit entries as individuals or as teams.

  • There is a limit of two (2) submissions per entrant or team.

  • Each entry must be a digital video, which has been uploaded to YouTube as an Unlisted video.

  • The video must include information about the value of one or more jobs in the forest industry.

  • The video must not exceed 90 seconds.

  • During their research for the video, students must conduct an interview with at least one forestry professional.


  • Submissions must be the original idea of the entrant(s). Videos must not copy or otherwise plagiarize any source. Plagiarism will result in disqualification.

  • No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used unless entrant owns the copyright or has a license to use the material.

  • No professional assistance is allowed. Adults may only assist with verbal guidance. Adults can, however, be resource contacts or actors. 

  • Content must comply with all local and national laws of the United States. Content must not a) promote illegal behavior; b) support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice; c) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; d) violate rights established by law or agreement; e) invade the privacy of any person; or f) be otherwise inappropriate as determined by the Organizers* of the Contest, in their sole and conclusive determination.

  • Organizers reserve the right to refuse any entry for any other reason, at their sole discretion.


  • Entrants must complete the online Entry Form and submit a YouTube URL of their video.

  • Organizers are not responsible for any lost or damaged videos, or those that do not upload properly.

  • IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST, each Entrant must submit a completed and signed Parent Permission Form (for Entrants who are under 18 years of age) and a signed/completed Actor Release Form for each person appearing in the video. 

  • Entries will be judged according to the Judging Rubric. Judges’ decisions are final. 

  • By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to have their name, photo, and the caption of their video displayed for public viewing. Entrant contact information will not be shared with third parties.


  • The only compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded a prize if the entry wins. The Contest will pay filmmakers no additional compensation nor be liable to the Entrant(s) under any circumstances.

  • Awards will be presented as follows:  

    • GRAND PRIZE (one awarded): $1000

    • SECOND PRIZE (one awarded): $500

    • THIRD PRIZE (one awarded): $250

    • FINALIST (up to twelve awarded): $100

    • Prize winners are chosen from the 12 finalists.

  • Organizers will make reasonable efforts to contact the winner and the winner’s teacher at the email addresses provided by the Entrant. If the winner does not respond to an email within three (3) business days, Organizers may disqualify the Entrant and select a different winner. Potential winner is subject to verification by Organizers, whose decisions are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest. An entrant is not a winner of any prize until entrant’s eligibility has been verified and entrant has been notified that verification is complete.

  • Ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the project remains with the entrant(s), with the following exceptions:

  1. Entrants grant Organizers the right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation.

  2. Entrants also grant Organizers the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, and/or display the entrant’s video or an excerpt of the video without further compensation or notification to the entrant.

  3. Organizers maintain the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, display, or exhibit the video or an excerpt of the video for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes on their websites, at conferences, or at any other venues.

  • By accepting the prizes, winners agree to hold Organizers harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of such prizes. Winners assume all liability for any injury or damage caused from participation in the Contest or use/redemption of any prize.

  • As a resident of the United States, any individual winning over $600 in prizes will receive an IRS form 1099 at the end of the calendar year, and a copy will be filed with the IRS.

*The Organizers include Associated Logging Contractors, Forest Resources Association, Forests Today & Forever, Idaho Forest Group, Idaho Forest Products Commission, Oregon Forest Resources Institute, Oregon Logging Conference Foundation, Oregon Women in Timber, Pacific Logging Conference, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative/Project Learning Tree.