Grand Prize Winner

"Open Your Eyes to Freshwater's Demise"

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Groups Category Winner

"Single Drop"

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QCTV Interview

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This contest is now CLOSED! Thank you to those who submitted!







Savvy about Stormwater Video Contest 2018 Rules and Guidelines



We want your video to qualify for the contest, so please read the following video requirements carefully. Videos that do not meet the requirements will be disqualified. Whether or not videos meet the following requirements will be at the sole discretion of the Anoka Conservation District staff.


  • Students: Only Minnesota students in grades 7-12 or students under the age of 21 who are enrolled in college or university programs are eligible to enter. The video contest category for which your video is eligible is determined by your status at the start of the contest (March 26th 2018). Students who graduate prior to the end of this contest are eligible to enter, provided they were enrolled in school in March 26th 2018, the start of this contest. Videos must be created by students, not parents.
  • Anoka County Residents: Students who reside full time in Anoka County, Minnesota and/or attend school in Anoka County are eligible to enter. If your home address is within Anoka County, but you attend school outside the county, you are still eligible. Similarly, if you reside outside Anoka County, but attend school within the county, you are still eligible.
  • Ineligible: Family of ACD staff and supervisors are ineligible to enter.


  • Upon submission, contestants must select the appropriate category for their video on the Online Entry Form. The same video may not be submitted to multiple categories. In addition, the same video may not be submitted under multiple names.
    • Category One: Youth Individual
      • Individuals enrolled in the 7th through 10th grades are eligible to enter this category.
    • Category Two: Young Adult Individual
      • Individuals enrolled in the 11th grade (high school juniors) and 12th grade (high school seniors) AND college or university students under the age of 21 are eligible to enter this category.
    • Category Three: Groups
      • Age: Groups of individuals ranging from 7th grade through college students under the age of 21 years old may enter this category. Group members may be of different ages.
      • Group Size: Minimum group size for this category is 2 people. There is no maximum group size.
      • Adult Facilitator: One adult over the age of 21 may help facilitate group activities, but may not help in the production of the video. This may apply to school groups, scout groups, 4H groups, etc.


  • Submission Deadline:
    • Monday June 4th, 2018 at 11:59pm Central Time
  • Judging by Panel:
    • Begin: Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 at 12:00am Central Time
    • End: Friday, June 15th, 2018 at 11:59pm Central Time
  • Three Category Winners Announced and Notified:
    • Late June 2018
  • Winner's Ceremony:
    • July 2018 – specific date and time to be coordinated with Category Winners


  • Eligible Participants: All videos must be created and submitted by eligible students, described above. By submitting videos, you acknowledge that you have permission from all individuals featured in the video to be included.
  • Uploading Videos: Videos must be uploaded to and then submitted using the video URL. Videos must be public and remain so through at least July 30th, 2018. This is to ensure the videos are available to be judged at any time throughout the judging period.
  • Submission: Please complete both the Online Entry Form and the Waiver Form.
    • Online Entry Form: Video links must be submitted through the Google Form here:
    • Waiver Form: Complete the “Savvy about Stormwater ACD Video Contest Waiver Form (PDF)” (remember to sign!) and choose one of the following ways to submit:
      • Email: Send as an attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
      • Fax: Fax to (763) 434-2094
      • Mail: Anoka Conservation District, Attn: Emily Johnson, 1318 McKay Dr. NE, Suite 300, Ham Lake, MN 55304
        • Contestants (and their parent/guardian if contestant is under 18 years) must agree to all terms and conditions on the Waiver Form.
        • Video Title on Waiver Form must match Youtube Video Title exactly.
  • Timing: Submissions will be accepted until Monday June 4th, 2018 at 11:59pm Central Time.
  • Number of Submissions: Each group or individual may only submit one (1) video. Exceptions may be made for individuals who are also part of a group and submit a video to both the Groups Category as well as to an Individual Category. Remember that each video may only be submitted once and the same video cannot be submitted for two different categories.


  • Eligibility Determination: ACD staff will review all submitted videos to ensure they meet the minimum video and eligibility requirements. All eligible videos will be passed on to the judging panel.
  • Judging by Panel: A panel of judges will evaluate the eligible videos based on the criteria listed below and select the winners of the three categories. The judges will only know the category to which each video belongs, but will not know the age, gender, name, or any other characteristics of the Video Director(s).
    • 30% = Influence Behavior Change
    • 30% = Accurate / Informative on Topic
    • 30% = Memorable / Creative / Original
    • 10% = Production Quality / Visual Appeal


  • Prize Amounts: One video from each category will win a $300 prize. In addition, one of those videos will be selected by the ACD Board of Supervisors as the Grand Prize Winner and win an additional $300.
    • Category One: Youth Individual - $300
    • Category Two: Young Adult Individual - $300
    • Category Three: Groups - $300
    • Grand Prize: One of the category winners will be selected by the ACD Board of Supervisors as the Grand Prize Winner and win an additional $300.
  • Announcing the Winners: The winners of the three categories, Youth Individual, Young Adult Individual, and Groups will be alerted via email and/or phone in late June 2018. All three winners will be invited to a Winner’s Ceremony in July 2018 (date and time to be coordinated with winners) where prize money will be awarded and the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed. All decisions are final.
  • Before the Ceremony: After the three Category Winners are announced, but before the Winner’s Ceremony in July, the three winners will be asked to transfer their raw video file to ACD. This is so we may coordinate a screening of the winning videos at the Winner’s Ceremony and use the videos as described in the Waiver Form.
  • Winner’s Ceremony: The date and time of the Winner’s Ceremony will be coordinated with the winners. The Ceremony will include a screening of the winning videos. In addition, the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.


  • Tone: Videos that are humorous tend to keep audiences engaged and eager to learn.
  • Length: Shorter videos are more likely to retain an audience from start to end.
  • Solutions: Videos that are all gloom and doom, though impactful, may be less likely to inspire change than those that provide solutions.


  • Original Song or Music Video
  • Time-lapse drawing
  • Theatrical Performance
  • Claymation or Stop-motion
  • Animation
  • Original story
  • Interview with a local Stormwater professional



  • ACD reserves to right to reject all entries and one or more categories may have no winners.

Questions: Contact Emily Johnson with questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.