The submission period is now closed. C-SPAN will announce the 150 winning entries on Wednesday, March 8 at 9am ET. Good luck to all participants!

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 are asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the new 2017 competition theme, "Your Message To Washington: What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?"

With cash prizes totaling $100,000, C-SPAN will award prizes to 150 student documentaries, and 53 teacher advisors.

What is the most urgent issue for the new president and Congress to address in 2017?

  • The competition is open to all students in grades 6-12. Grades 6-8 will compete in the Middle School category, and grades 9-12 will compete in the High School category.
  • Middle School students are to be judged nationally against their peers. High School students are to be judged regionally against their peers in one of 3 regions (West/Central/East), based on their school state.
  • Students may compete individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members.
  • All documentaries must include supporting C-SPAN video that relates 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.
  • Documentaries must be between 5-7 minutes in length .*End credits, if applicable, are permitted to run longer than the allotted 7 minute time frame.
  • Entries must include either end credits or a works cited list.
For a complete list of competition rules, click here.

Take us Behind-the-Scenes of your StudentCam documentary for your chance to win 1 of 5 - $100 cash prizes!

  • Share a photograph from the production of your StudentCam documentary on social media
  • Post to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat – upload your photo, tell us about it, and include the hashtag #CSPANStudentCam2017
  • Send an attached screengrab of your social media post along with the names of all team members and the name of your school to:
  • Must submit by the main competition deadline on January 20, 2017. 5 - $100 prizes to be awarded in March, 2017. To be eligible to win, you must also enter a documentary in StudentCam 2017 but your documentary does not have to be a winning video in order to win the "Behind the Scenes" prize
  • Limit 1 eligible photograph per team/documentary

Key dates, including the announcement of the winners.

  • Friday, January 20, 2017
    StudentCam 2017 submission deadline. StudentCam submissions are now closed for judging.

  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    C-SPAN will announce the 5 winners of the "Behind the Scenes" photo competition.

  • Monday, February 27 - Friday, March 3, 2017
    Public voting period on the top 5 entries, as selected by C-SPAN's judges. The entry with the most votes at the end of the period of judging will receive the "Fan Favorite" award, a secondary cash prize.

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017
    C-SPAN will announce the 150 winners of the StudentCam 2017 competition.