Are you a British Columbia high school student in Grades 4-12 that loves spending time on the trail, the slopes, or the water? If so, we’re inviting you to create an original 30 to 60 second video that helps to showcase your connection to nature and why you should protect what you love. We want you to give wilderness a voice with a film that is fresh, outside the box, and presents your personal perspective on nature – whether it’s in the remote wilderness or your own urban backyard. So get creative, grab the nearest camera, and start shooting!

Click on the tabs below for contest details, official rules and regulations, and to download the entry form.

We will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in the following categories. Videos will be evaluated by a panel of judges based on the following criteria:
  • 25% Originality and creativity
  • 25% Technical ability (cinematography/editing/sound)
  • 25% Concept and clarity of the message
  • 25% Overall impression

Best Overall (All Grades)

Grades 4-7

  • Theme: Wildlife/Nature
  • Theme: Action Sports
  • Theme: City Meets Nature

Grades 8-9

  • Theme: Wildlife/Nature
  • Theme: Action Sports
  • Theme: City Meets Nature

Grades 10-12

  • Theme: Wildlife/Nature
  • Theme: Action Sports
  • Theme: City Meets Nature

Nicolas Teichrob

Nicolas Teichrob is an award-winning photographer/filmmaker who holds a Master of Science degree in Geography/Geology. His unique eye has garnered many accolades while his photos have been published internationally in skiing, biking, and surfing media outlets. Nicolas seeks to expand the collective awareness of environmental issues while encouraging outdoor recreation and exploration of our wild places. Nicolas is the co-producer of STAND film (2013) which has been touring internationally and has won 8 international film festival awards. The creative hub of Roberts Creek, BC has shaped much of Nicolas' imagery and continues to be a strong influence on his work.

Jordan Manley

Jordan Manley is a North Vancouver based photographer and filmmaker with a world reputation for having a critical and creative eye. His passion is moving through mountain landscapes, while exploring the natural and social world through photography, motion picture, and sport. His film and photographs have appeared in nearly every bike and ski magazine in the world, along with countless film festivals. Jordan inspires others to see the extraordinary in the mundane, particularly in his own backyard of Deep Cove.

Grant Baldwin

Grant Baldwin is Vancouver based filmmaker, known for having recently directed the award winning film 'Just Eat it - A Food Waste Story'. Grant's background is in composing music for film and television. He is formally schooled in audio engineering and produces his own music under the name Phontaine. He has released three albums, created the score for a number of productions, and secured placements in hit shows and films such as Damages, Limitless, and Sacred Planet Imax. After working closely with top filmmakers, moving from music to being behind the camera was a natural progression. He directed the feature documentary The Clean Bin Project (2010) which won 9 festival awards and toured internationally. Grant brings a diverse background to the judging panel.

Anthony Bonello

Anthony Bonello is an adventure filmmaker based in Whistler, B.C. Anthony brings a honed style of storytelling to film, which transports viewers beyond geography to convey the feel of a place and its people. The founder of b4apres Media, he independently produced Azadi:Freedom (2010) and co-produced STAND (2013), which have both won numerous awards internationally. Anthony currently is a producer with Switchback Entertainment where his work is focused on ski travel and exploration.

Norm Hann

Norm Hann is a Canadian paddleboard adventure athlete based in the outdoor recreation capital of Squamish, B.C. Norm has competed in many SUP races including the Molokai2Oahu as the first solo Canadian to cross the finish line in 2013. Norm has worked in the Great Bear Rainforest since 2003 and in 2006 he was adopted into the Gitga'at First Nation. Since then Norm has stood up for the Great Bear Rainforest and fought to keep oil tankers off the coastline of B.C. He began this conservation effort in 2010 with a 400km Standup4Greatbear expedition, traveling along the proposed tanker route. Following that project, in 2012 Norm completed a 350km paddle in Haida Gwaii from Masset to the UNESCO World Heritage site SGang Gwaay as a part of STAND film. Norm continues to teach and educate the growing SUP community, along with guiding in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Darcy Turenne

Darcy Turenne is a filmmaker and director from Vancouver Island. Known internationally as a professional mountain biker, she has been featured in hundreds of publications worldwide. While completing an MA in Intercultural Communications, Darcy found her passion for storytelling and visual arts. Her first film, The Eighth Parallel (2011), which doubled as her master's thesis has been screened at film festivals worldwide along with a multitude of awards. Darcy has developed a personal style of filmmaking that combines art film with ethnography, metaphor, and critical analysis, from commercial work, to music videos, to documentary, to travel pieces as her filming has taken Darcy around the globe. Her latest film, The Little Things (2014), is a snowboard movie project based on environmentally conscious riders who are inspirational through their riding, as well as their sustainable ways of living and thinking, has been touring internationally since its release.

NO PURCHASE IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST. Video entries must be received by the extended contest end on April 30, 2016 at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. There will be no less than a total of 40 prizes to be won as follows: (i) Grand Prize of a stand up paddleboard (1 available, approximate retail value $1300.00); (ii) 1- to 2-hour introduction to stand-up paddleboard lessons (6 available, approximate retail value of each $80);(iii) GoPro video camera unit (6 available, approximate retail value of each $300), (iv) Assorted outdoor gear including sweaters, t-shirts, and toques or hats (12 available, approximate retail value of each $40.00), (v) Outdoor books (3 available, approximate retail value of each $20.00), (vi) MEC Gift Cards (6 available in the amount of $100.00 each & 6 available of $30 each). Open to students enrolled in grades 4 to 12 in the province of B.C. at time of entry, with parental and teacher consent required for all entrants. Odds of winning depend on the skill of entrants as determined by a panel of experienced judges. Limit one entry per contest category per person. Take a Stand reserves the right to terminate or amend this Contest at any time and in any way, without prior notice. This contest is not sponsored or endorsed by the school district. Download the full Rules and Regulations for the Take A Stand Video Contest here.

We want as many students as possible to Take a Stand for conservation by submitting videos about what they love and want to protect in nature, but not everybody has filmmaking experience! To help you get started we’ve put together a list of helpful resources showing you how to shoot and edit your own videos using free software!

Video Editing Software

There are lots of options for software platforms to use in editing your video. Most computers will come with some basic video editing software like iMovie on Macs or Windows Movie Maker on PCs. Some alternative free video editing programs include:

Tutorials on Filmmaking and Film Editing

These tutorials will get you started with instructions on how to shoot and edit your films!

Videomaker.com Filmmaking Video Tutorials

Free Music Resources for Filmmakers:

To avoid copyright infringement issues, you won’t be able to use music from most popular artists in your films – this means pretty much everything you might hear on the radio! Instead, you can use your own original music or look for copyright-free music online. The following resources offer free music for use in film projects, but the conditions for using this music generally require that you recognize the artist and the website by listing them in your film credits. Remember to check the terms of music use on each site, and don’t forget to give credit where credit is due!
  • MusOpen: A site offering public-domain classical music tracks.
  • Public Domain 4U: A site offering public-domain music tracks spanning several genres.
  • Incompetech Royalty-Free Music: A database of royalty-free music spanning several genres which is searchable by genre and also by the feel of the music.
  • MobyGratis: A site offering free ambient and instrumental tracks for film students and independent filmmakers.
  • Free SoundTrack Music: A site offering both free and paid music tracks.

How to Upload your Videos to Vimeo:

For help with uploading your video, check out the instructions on the Vimeo Help page. For instructions on compressing and exporting videos for upload to Vimeo using all sorts of different filmmaking software, see: Link.

Example of a Wildlife Video

Example of a Nature Video Done with Time-lapse Photography

Example of an Action Sports Video by a Grade 9 Student

Interested? Click here to download the contest entry form