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2014 VIDEO CONTEST INFORMATION

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS - CONTENT RETURN TO TOP

  • Must clearly convey why Florida State Parks are the best in the nation.
  • May include which activities you enjoy the most in Florida State Parks and/or which park is your favorite and why.
  • Must be appropriate for all ages (Avoid profane language, violence, sex or attacks on people or organizations and do not otherwise include inappropriate or objectionable material)
  • Must not violate any copyrights.
  • Must not contain or reference any names, products or services of any company or entity or any third party rights or trademarks, logos or promotion of any brand, product or service other than Florida State Parks.

VIDEO REQUIREMENTS - FORMAT RETURN TO TOP

  • High Definition videos are preferred, but Standard Definition will be accepted.
  • Videos must be no longer than 60 seconds in length.
  • Acceptable formats include .avi, .mov and .mpg file types.
  • Each video file must be less than 100MB in size.

REGISTERING FOR THE VIDEO CONTEST RETURN TO TOP

Each participant must register as a contestant on the Florida State Parks Photographer Registration Form at http://www.floridastateparks.org/thingstodo/PhotographerForm.cfm. Each contestant will receive a photographer identification number. When registering, the photographer number is only available after completing all required fields and clicking the "Submit" button on the screen.

If you forget or cannot find your photographer number, e-mail Martha Robinson at Martha.J.Robinson@dep.state.fl.us or call (850) 245-2100 to inquire.

SUBMITTING VIDEOS RETURN TO TOP

A Video Entry Form with Release by the Photographer, signed by the contestant, must accompany each video to be considered for the contest. Contestants may submit more than one entry, but are limited to one entry per day.

Contestants must be 13 years old or older. If the contestant is under 18, a parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the Release by the Photographer portion of the Video Entry Form.

Videos that include recognizable people must include a signed Model Release Form before the video will be accepted into the Video Contest. A parent or guardian must consent for people under 18 years old.

All videos, video entry forms and model release forms must be submitted between 8:00 a.m. (EDT) Monday, May 2, 2011 and 5:00 p.m. (EDT) Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Early submittal is encouraged.

There are two ways to submit videos.

  1. Contestants may submit electronically by posting video files, video entry forms and model release forms using the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) site at: ftp://ftp.dep.state.fl.us/pub/incoming/Video_Contest.

    Using the FTP Site:

    • Highlight and copy the FTP Site above
    • Click Start --> My Computer
    • In the address bar paste the FTP Site:
      ftp://ftp.dep.state.fl.us/pub/incoming/Video_Contest
    • Copy and paste files you would like to post into the window
  2. Contestants may submit videos digitally or by mail on a CD or DVD, with digital or printed copies of the video entry forms and model release forms.

    Department of Environmental Protection
    Florida State Parks
    2011 Video Contest
    3900 Commonwealth Blvd., MS 535
    Tallahassee, FL 32399

Contest entries must be received electronically or by regular mail no later than 5:00 p.m. (EDT), on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Entry materials will not be returned.

JUDGING RETURN TO TOP

  • Entries will be judged by a panel of representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection and Florida State Parks on the basis of creativity and originality; the message; and technical quality.
  • The judges reserve the right to not select a winner if none of the entries are deemed of sufficient quality based on the criteria.
  • The winners will be announced on or before June 30, 2011. Contestants will be notified by email.
  • The decisions of the judges are final.

PRIZES RETURN TO TOP

  • The top three video entries will receive a Family Annual Entrance Pass for Florida State Parks.
  • The top five video entries will receive a Florida State Parks Passport.
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection employees, relatives and contractors may submit videos but are not eligible to receive prizes.

USE OF THE VIDEOS RETURN TO TOP

  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Florida State Parks, have non-exclusive rights to use or edit submitted videos.
  • In the event that ownership of any video submitted to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is contested in any manner, Florida Department of Environmental Protection reserves the right to discontinue use of said video and disqualify the video from the contest.
  • Entries that fail to comply with the Contest Rules will be disqualified.
  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection reserves the right to change the Contest Rules as necessary. Any rule changes will be made by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 and announced on the Video Contest main webpage:
    http://www.floridastateparks.org/thingstodo/videocontest.cfm