Contest Announcement: High School Students, We Want Your Videos!

slider-walkbikevideocontestMore Hillsborough County residents and visitors are walking and biking, for work, school or recreation. It’s a great way to reduce pollution and stay healthy, but unsafe use of the roads can have serious consequences. Even one injury or fatality is too many, and we all share in the responsibility to make travel on our roadways safer for everyone.

Peer-to-peer messaging is a proven way to reach teens. The Hillsborough MPO and its partners invite local high school students to create short videos with walk and bike safety messages for their peers. The original videos must be created using a cell phone, mobile device, or video camera and be a maximum of 30 seconds long, and focus on the basic rules of the road, such as crossing at crosswalks, not wearing earbuds or allowing other distractions while walking, biking, or driving, and travelling in the proper direction.

Contest submissions are being accepted by the Hillsborough MPO through February 1, 2016. Eligible videos will be judged by a panel of experts, and the winning video will receive four center-ice tickets to the February 23rd Tampa Bay Lightning game, compliments of the Columbia Restaurant Group. The runner up will receive 2 tickets to the March 26th Tampa Bay Lightning gameThe winning video will be announced at a February 14th Press Conference. The video will be widely distributed as part of a multijurisdictional public safety campaign by the MPO and its partners, which include the School District, FDOT, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, CUTR, and community safety advocates.

Students are encouraged to visit to brush up on traffic laws and safe behaviors for all road users.

Free multi-media resources are available through Hillsborough County libraries and County and City recreation centers to assist students with research and video production.

Any contest questions can be directed to Gena Torres at the Hillsborough MPO, (813) 273-3774 x357

Submission Requirements

Videos may be submitted via YouTube, Vimeo or on a CD/DVD/flash drive using the following accepted digital formats: AVI, MOV, MPG, MPEG, MP4 and WMV.

Email URL/link to Gena Torres at

or mail CD/DVD/flash drive to Gena Torres at:
601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 18th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602

Be sure to include:

  • Student Name
  • High School in Hillsborough County
  • Title of video
  • If you would like your submittal returned, please indicate so and include a return address.

Don’t forget, use a cell phone, mobile device, or video camera. Keep the video to a maximum of 30 seconds long, and focus on the basic rules of the road.

All entries will be judged primarily on originality, creativity, and how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.

Helpful Hints

Film Production is the process of making a film. The producer (student submitting the entry) is not required to appear in the film but if the student chooses to, a camera tripod may be used. All screenwriting, directing, camera/filming and editing must be done by the student producer.

Consider the following styles to portray your original work of fiction or nonfiction:

  • Animation
  • Narrative
  • Documentary
  • Cinematography

Suggestions for Audio/Visual Quality:

  • Use a tripod to hold the device still
  • Make sure there is ample lighting, especially if shooting indoors
  • Turn off all noise-making devices in the room (air conditioners, fans, telephones, etc.)
  • Record a short test and listen to it. If needed, change the record volume or microphone location
  • Make sure the background music (if any) is audible on the recording
  • Allow for two seconds of silence at the beginning and end of your recording

Example videos:

Copyright: Use of copyrighted material is prohibited. Plagiarized entries will be disqualified.

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