C-SPAN is pleased to announce the winners of our 2021 StudentCam competition!

Congratulations to the winning student filmmakers in this year's StudentCam competition. Click the link below for a complete list of all 150 winning entries.

C-SPAN StudentCam 2021 Prize Winners

Thank you again to all who participated this year and we hope those of you with remaining eligibility will consider participating in our 2022 competition. Our new theme will be announced this summer and the official competition launch will coincide with the beginning of the new school year.

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

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 students in grades 6-12 were asked to create a short (5-6 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme, "Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021."

With cash prizes totaling $100,000 each year, C-SPAN awards prizes to the top 150 student documentaries, and over 50 teacher advisers. Since 2004, C-SPAN has awarded over $1 million dollars in cash prizes to past-winning students and teachers.

"Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021"

Students are asked to analyze the current and/or historical significance of their chosen issue, and include differing points of view.

Click here for a printable Student Checklist (Google Doc)

  • 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. For more information, visit our Prizes page.
  • Students may compete individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members.
  • Documentaries must include clips of supporting or opposing C-SPAN video that relate to the chosen topic.
  • Winning StudentCam documentaries will thoroughly explore a variety of viewpoints related to the chosen topic, including those that may oppose the filmmakers points of view. We recommend that you interview experts on your chosen subject.
  • Documentaries must be between 5-6 minutes in length. *End credits, if applicable, must begin after the 5-minute mark but are permitted to run longer than the allotted 6-minute time frame.
  • Entries must include either end credits or a works cited list. Students can use whichever format they currently use to cite their sources.
For the complete list of competition rules, click here.

Key dates, including the submission deadline and the announcement of winning videos.

  • Wednesday, March 10
    The announcement of the 150 prize winning entries in the 2021 StudentCam competition.

  • April 1 - April 21
    C-SPAN will broadcast each of the top 21 winning entries at 6:50am ET, and throughout the day on our networks.

  • July, 2021
    C-SPAN will announce the new theme for the 2022 StudentCam competition.