2020 Contest: Thru the Trees: Today’s Forest Careers

The Thru the Trees: Today’s Forest Careers Video Contest (“Contest”) is provided by a consortium of Contest Organizers (“Organizers”) and is governed by these Official Rules (“Rules”). Students who participate or attempt to participate (“Entrant” or “Entrants”) in the Contest are deemed to have received, understood, and agreed to these Rules.

  1. The Contest is open to students ages 14-18 years who reside in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.

  2. There is no entry fee. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win.

  3. Students may submit entries as individuals or work with other students in a team.

  4. There is a limit of two (2) Submissions per Entrant or Team.

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

  6. The video provides information about the value of one or more jobs in the forest sector.

  7. The length of the video must not exceed 90 seconds (one and one-half minutes).

  8. Entries may be submitted between October 1, 2020 and November 13, 2020. Winners will be announced no later than December 4, 2020.

  9. Entrants enter the contest by completing the online Entry Form and submitting a YouTube URL for a video they have created.

  10. When completing the online entry form, Entrants must list three to six sources of information that were consulted in developing their video. Sources must include at least one interview with a forestry professional.

  11. For the video to be eligible for the Contest, all portions of the online entry form must be completed.

  12. Submissions must be the original idea of the Entrant(s). (Modification of an original work of someone else is not an original idea.) Videos must not copy or otherwise plagiarize from any source. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification.

  13. No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this Contest unless Entrant owns the copyright or has a license to use the material for this Contest.

  14. No professional assistance is allowed. Adults may assist with video production but are limited to verbal guidance only. Adults are allowed to be resource contacts or actors.

  15. 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.

  16. Content must comply with all local and national laws of the United States. Content must not 1) promote illegal behavior; 2) support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice; 3) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; 4) violate rights established by law or agreement; 5) invade the privacy of any person; or 6) be otherwise inappropriate as determined by the Organizers of the Contest, in their sole and conclusive determination.

  17. Entries will be judged according to the Judging Rubric. The judges’ decision is final.

  18. 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.

  19. Awards will be presented as follows: 
    • Finalist award (twelve awarded): $100.00 each
    • Grand prize (one awarded): $1000.00
    • Second prize (one awarded): $500.00
    • Third prize (one awarded):  $250.00
    • Grand, second, and third place are chosen from the twelve finalists’ video submissions.

  20. 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 unless and until entrant’s eligibility has been verified and entrant has been notified that verification is complete.

  21. Entrants should keep at least one copy of their video. Organizers are not responsible for any videos that are lost, damaged, or that do not upload properly.

  22. Organizers reserve the right to refuse any entry for any other reason as may be determined in their sole discretion.

  23. Ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the project remains with the Entrant(s), with the following exceptions.
    a. 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.
    b. 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.
    c. 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.
    d. 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.

  24. Entrants agree to be bound by the Rules and decisions of the judges.

  25. By entering the Contest, Entrants agree to have their name, photo, and the caption of their video displayed for public viewing.

  26. Entrant contact information will not be shared with anyone except Organizers.

  27. All Entrants must reside in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington. 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 of such form will be filed with the IRS.

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