AYV Invites Young Media Makers for 2014 Aspire Awards

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Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) announces its 2014 AYV Aspire Awards for youth worldwide whose creativity and eye for details in crafting visual media is in for the challenge.

Aiming for a “change in local communities and to present potential solutions through visual storytelling,” AYV invites eligible ‘creators’ to contribute something huge to the society upon giving voice in the name of youth issues and concerns.

Requirements for submission are the following:

  • Youth ages 13-19 are eligible to participate by teaming up with adult educators who are from any school or youth organization worldwide. In order to submit media, all educators are welcome to register with Adobe Youth Voices Community at no cost.
  • If you are an educator affiliated to Adobe Youth Voices through one our partner organizations please submit your media via the Adobe Youth Voices online community.
  • The competition offers seven standard content categories representing various forms of visual storytelling.

Timing for project submission are as follows. Please take note for the second submission deadline.

FIRST SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

  • All media created between 2010 to 2013 should be submitted no later than midnight Pacific Time on February 14, 2014.

SECOND SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

  • All media created after January 2014 should be submitted no later than midnight Pacific Time on April 18, 2014.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Media submitted to the Adobe Youth Voices Awards must be created by youth between the ages of 13-19. *NOTE: Special exceptions may apply. Please contact Adobe Youth Voices Awards coordinators here to find out if your project is eligible.
  • Participation is not open to any resident of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
  • All submissions must be submitted by an educator who has worked directly with the youth producers of the project. The educator must be participating in Adobe Youth Voices, either through Adobe Youth Voices partnerships or as a registered member of the Adobe Youth Voices Community.

Please be guided accordingly with the project format:

  • Media submitted to the Adobe Youth Voices Awards must be created by youth between the ages of 13-19. *NOTE: Special exceptions may apply. Please contact Adobe Youth Voices Awards coordinators here to find out if your project is eligible.
  • Participation is not open to any resident of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries/regions are not eligible to participate.
  • All submissions must be submitted by an educator who has worked directly with the youth producers of the project. The educator must be participating in Adobe Youth Voices, either through Adobe Youth Voices partnerships or as a registered member of the Adobe Youth Voices Community.
  • All media must be submitted online through Adobe Youth Voices Awards.
    • For Videos: You may choose ONE method of submitting your project:
      • Raw Files: Files must be MP4 following the Adobe Youth Voices program video encoding requirements (Video Encoding requirements to be attached.)
      • Youtube link – If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Youtube, you may enter the link as a submission.
      • Vimeo link- If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Vimeo, you may enter the link as a submission.
    • For Photographs or Still images: Files must be JPEG
    • For Graphic Design: Files must be JPEG
    • A brief (100 word) artistic statement must be submitted. This statement should be about the work, explaining why it was made, who the intended audience is, how it was exhibited, and any other pertinent information.
    • A photograph and biography of the youth media maker(s) must be submitted in order to complete the submission process. (Please Note: Photos and biography will be used on the Adobe Youth Voices Awards website if submission is chosen. If there is more than one youth media maker involved, please submit individual photos.)
    • Videos that are not in English must have English subtitles.
    • All videos must have a total minimum running time of 1 minute and a total maximum running time of 10 minutes, including title and end credits.
    • Categories for submission include:
      • Video
        • Animation
        • Documentary
        • Music Video
        • Narrative
        • Poetry/Experimental
      • Digital Print
        • Photo Essay
        • Poster Campaign

NOTE: All materials used in the production of the Adobe Youth Voices Awards projects (music, photos, video, etc) must be original, copyright free, or used with permission of the creator of the work.

Categories MUST ONLY limit with the following areas:

Animation

Animation is the art of making images, pictures, and objects come to life by making it appear that they are moving. Animation can take many styles, and appropriate projects for this category include stop motion, computer generated, Flash, hand-drawn, motion graphics, and/or a hybrid of formats.

Submit your project as follows:

Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2010 – 2013 must be submitted by February 14, 2014. All media created after January 2014 must be submitted by April 18, 2014.

For best results please use Chrome or Firefox browsers while uploading.

  • For Videos: You may choose ONE method of submitting your project:
  • Raw Files: Files must be MP4 following the Adobe Youth Voices program video encoding requirements (Video Encoding requirements to be attached.)
  • Youtube link – If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Youtube, you may enter the link as a submission.
  • Vimeo link- If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Vimeo, you may enter the link as a submission.
Documentary

Documentaries aim to tell a story or share a perspective through the documentation of real life events, past or present. Appropriate projects for this category would be non-fiction videos exploring current or historical issues or pieces about a subject, person, or persons.

Submit your project as follows:

Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2010 – 2013 must be submitted by February 14, 2014. All media created after January 2014 must be submitted by April 18, 2014.

For best results please use Chrome or Firefox browsers while uploading.

  • For Videos: You may choose ONE method of submitting your project:
  • Raw Files: Files must be MP4 following the Adobe Youth Voices program video encoding requirements (Video Encoding requirements to be attached.)
  • Youtube link – If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Youtube, you may enter the link as a submission.
  • Vimeo link- If you do not have

Music Video

Music videos are visual interpretations of original youth-produced music, using original video footage that is tied to the themes and message of their lyrics.

Submit your project as follows:

Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2010 – 2013 must be submitted by February 14, 2014. All media created after January 2014 must be submitted by April 18, 2014.

For best results please use Chrome or Firefox browsers while uploading.

  • For Videos: You may choose ONE method of submitting your project:
  • Raw Files: Files must be MP4 following the Adobe Youth Voices program video encoding requirements (Video Encoding requirements to be attached.)
  • Youtube link – If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Youtube, you may enter the link as a submission.
  • Vimeo link- If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Vimeo, you may enter the link as a submission.

Narrative

A narrative video tells a fictional story, though it may be based on real life events or issues.

Submit your project as follows:

Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2010 – 2013 must be submitted by February 14, 2014. All media created after January 2014 must be submitted by April 18, 2014.

For best results please use Chrome or Firefox browsers while uploading.

  • For Videos: You may choose ONE method of submitting your project:
  • Raw Files: Files must be MP4 following the Adobe Youth Voices program video encoding requirements (Video Encoding requirements to be attached.)
  • Youtube link – If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Youtube, you may enter the link as a submission.
  • Vimeo link- If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Vimeo, you may enter the link as a submission.

Poetry

Poetry is the art of rhythmic composition, written or spoken. A Poetry video is an artistic practice deriving from visual art and cinema where standard conventions are challenged and commented on. Appropriate projects for this category include original visual poetry, abstract works, or experimental video.

Submit your project as follows:

Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2010 – 2013 must be submitted by February 14, 2014. All media created after January 2014 must be submitted by April 18, 2014.

For best results please use Chrome or Firefox browsers while uploading.

  • For Videos: You may choose ONE method of submitting your project:
  • Raw Files: Files must be MP4 following the Adobe Youth Voices program video encoding requirements (Video Encoding requirements to be attached.)
  • Youtube link – If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Youtube, you may enter the link as a submission.
  • Vimeo link- If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Vimeo, you may enter the link as a submission.

Poster Campaign

Poster Campaign is a creative process of combining text and images for advertisements, magazines, or books. Appropriate projects for this category include original posters, collages, or campaign designs.

Submit your project as follows:

Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2010 – 2013 must be submitted by February 14, 2014. All media created after January 2014 must be submitted by April 18, 2014.

For best results please use Chrome or Firefox browsers while uploading.

  • Media must be submitted as JPEG format
  • 11×17 inches at 300 DPI

Photo Essay

Appropriate projects in this category should be original photographs that tell a story, document or address critical issues and effect positive change, both locally and globally. Projects can be a single image or a series of images.

Submit your project as follows:

Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2010 – 2013 must be submitted by February 14, 2014. All media created after January 2014 must be submitted by April 18, 2014.

For best results please use Chrome or Firefox browsers while uploading.

  • Media must be submitted as JPEG format.

For sample pieces, click link here.

Prizes for winning competitors are:

Adobe Youth Voices Awards will be awarded to three projects per category. Winning projects to be announced June 18, 2014:

  • First Prize Category – Chosen by individual judges from related industries
  • Second Prize Category – Chosen by individual judges from related industries
  • Audience Award – Chosen by audiences worldwide

Prizes will be awarded to youth artist(s), as well as the school/organization where the project was produced. Winning media content will receive broad recognition and exposure through wide multi-platform distribution of their work, including online, print magazine, film festivals, and DVD.

The announcement of Awards Winners will be made on June 18, 2014

Details about judges:

The Adobe Youth Voices Awards judges have been selected for their expertise in media, technology, education, youth development, and social activism. Each is dedicated to supporting young media makers in the use of digital tools to create powerful and personal messages that promote change.

For each Adobe Youth Voices Awards category, the judges will be looking for projects that effectively enable young people to express their ideas, exhibit their potential, and take actions in their communities.

There are five types of judges:

  • Adobe Representatives: Leading developers and technology experts from within Adobe.
  • Visionaries: Directors, museum curators, renowned photographers, film festival programmers, and industry professionals. Prominent creative thinkers who have made their mark on the world with original ideas conveyed in an imaginative way.
  • Adobe Youth Voices Lead Educator: Talented educators from within the program with a track record of excellence.
  • Adobe Youth Voices Youth: Young people in the program that have epitomized “Create with Purpose” in their media making.
  • Institutions for Higher Learning: Educators, professors, deans, and advocates of fair access to higher education.

Educators around the world are using Adobe Youth Voices to empower youth to find their voices and give them the tools to express their ideas and creativity.

Join the 2014 AYV Aspire Awards. Express your youth prowess in media making. Design your potential!

For more information, visit http://youthvoices.adobe.com/

 

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