StudentCam Competition Rules

1. Each entry should reflect this year’s theme:

Choose a provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it's important to you.

The entry must be the original work of the student(s), hereafter referred to as "entrant(s)."

2. This competition is open to entrants currently enrolled in middle or high school in any state in the United States, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories. Students may be enrolled in public or private schools, or be home-schooled. International students in the equivalent of U.S. grades 6-12 and aged 18 years or younger may also participate.

Students in grades 6-8 will be considered "middle school" entrants; grades 9-12 will be considered "high school" entrants.

3. The employees and officers of the National Cable Satellite Corporation and their immediate family members, and the Trustees of the C-SPAN Education Foundation and their immediate family members are not eligible to participate in the contest.

4. The documentary must be between 5 and 7 minutes in length. End credits, if applicable, must begin after the 5-minute mark and are permitted to run longer than the allotted 7-minute time frame.

5. Clips of topically-related C-SPAN programming must be used to enhance the video documentary. You may choose to use multiple C-SPAN clips throughout your documentary, but the use of C-SPAN video need not be excessive to the point that it detracts from your original production.

6. Limited use of copyrighted material will be permitted in the entry so long as it is a lawful or "fair" use, and so long as such use does not overwhelm the contribution of the student(s). Click here for a video explanation from C-SPAN's General Counsel, Bruce Collins, describing what constitutes "fair use."

7. Entrants must credit all sources used to create the video documentary in the end credits of the documentary, or in a separately submitted works-cited list. Your works cited list may be submitted to educate@c-span.org

8. Individuals or teams of students may create and submit entries. C-SPAN will recognize a maximum of 3 students per entry.

9. Only one entry per person, whether individual or group participation.

10. School staff and faculty may provide guidance and critiques but may not participate in conceiving and producing the video. Students are not required to have a teacher advisor in order to participate. If a teacher acts as an advisor, his or her name must be listed on the student's Entry Form in order for them to be eligible for the StudentCam advisor cash prize.

11. Entries must be submitted online. Students must complete the online Entry Form and then Upload their documentaries (between November 2017 - January 18, 2018). Please make sure that your finished documentary is under 2GB in size and that it is in one of the following video formats: .MP4 .AVI .MOV .MPG .MPG2 .MPEG2 .WMV

12. Entries must be successfully uploaded by midnight at the end of the day on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

13. All entries become the property of National Cable Satellite Corporation, d/b/a C-SPAN. Entrants, without any compensation from C-SPAN, grant permission to C-SPAN to use their names, likenesses and entries for promotional purposes related to C-SPAN and its activities. By submitting an entry, entrants (i) represent that their entries constitute original works of creativity that do not violate the property rights of any other person, and (ii) grant C-SPAN the right to exhibit, distribute, televise and otherwise use the entries in various media.

14. Middle School entries will be judged nationally against all of their peers from across the country. High School entries will be judged regionally against their peers in one of 3 Regions (West/Central/East), based on the state of the school that the student(s) attend. A map of the 3 High School regions can be found here.

15. Prize recipients will be determined by judges selected by C-SPAN and the judges' decisions will be final. If a team's entry wins, C-SPAN will divide the prize money equally among the team members. Prize recipients who win cash prizes of a higher value than $600 will be asked to provide a social security number and will be responsible for any taxes associated with the prizes. If a student who wins a cash prize higher than $600 does not provide their social security number, they will still be recognized as a winner but will not receive their prize money. C-SPAN reserves the right not to award all prizes in all categories; and C-SPAN reserves the right to not televise a winning video.

16. Prize recipients will be announced on C-SPAN and on www.studentcam.org on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

17. C-SPAN reserves the right to award a secondary prize to one of the top prize-winning entries (as determined by C-SPAN judges), based on the results of a period of online public voting.

18. For those participating in a group, the student whose name appears as the primary contact on the Entry Form will be considered the team leader, and will be the primary point of contact for the team. Should the team win Grand or First Prize, this student may first be offered the opportunity to appear on C-SPAN and/or flown to C-SPAN's offices in Washington, DC to represent the group.