Announcing the 2014 StudentCam Documentary Competition Winners!

C-SPAN is pleased to announce the 150 winning videos in this year's StudentCam competition! Congratulations to each of the winning filmmakers, whose videos competed among the record-setting 2,355 documentaries that were received. Almost 5,000 students representing 46 states, as well as Washington DC, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates took part in the competition.

2014 C-SPAN StudentCam Documentary Winners (Web Page)

2014 C-SPAN StudentCam Documentary Winners Press Release (.PDF)

Televised Announcement of the 2014 C-SPAN StudentCam Winners (Video)

We would like to thank all of the students and faculty advisors who participated this year. We hope that the creation of your documentary was a rewarding learning experience, and that you enjoyed making them as much as we enjoyed watching them! We encourage all students who remain eligible to compete in the 2015 competition to participate once again. Details about the 2015 competition will be announced in July, 2014.

If you have questions about the competition, please email us at educate@c-span.org.


What is StudentCam?

StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation.

This year we doubled the number of student prizes from 75 to 150 awards, and increased the teacher advisor prizes to 53 awards, totaling $100,000 in cash prizes!

Students were asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme listed below.


2014 StudentCam Theme

“A Message to the U.S. Congress”
What’s the most important issue the U.S. Congress should consider in 2014?



Competition Requirements

  • The competition is open to all students in grades 6-12. Grades 6-8 compete in the Middle School category, and grades 9-12 compete in the High School category.
  • Middle School students will be judged nationally against their peers. High School students will be judged regionally against their peers in one of 3 regions (West/Central/East), based on their school state. More info here
  • Students may compete individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members.
  • All documentaries must contain a small amount of supporting C-SPAN footage that relates to the chosen topic. Downloadable C-SPAN footage can be found here.
  • C-SPAN’s philosophy is to show varying sides of each issue. Winning StudentCam documentaries will also show a variety of points of view related to the chosen topic.
  • Documentaries must be between 5-7 minutes* (Note: new maximum time length). End credits, if applicable, may run longer than the 7 minute time frame.
  • Entries must contain either end credits or a works cited list. A works cited list may be emailed to
    educate@c-span.org


For a complete list of competition rules, click here.