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Student Innovation Challenge Contest

BECOME A GUARDIAN OF BC’S FORESTS, COASTLINES, AND OCEANS!

Youth all over the world are increasingly stepping up for social change in their communities and voicing the urgent need to address anthropogenic impacts to nature. Through our Student Innovation Challenge Contest, sponsored by Take a Stand and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, we want to provide a voice for youth that are leading change in their local communities. We aim to showcase the innovative ideas and inspiring youth-led projects that promote education, stewardship and conservation of the local wildlife, habitats, and Indigenous cultures of coastal British Columbia and the transboundary Pacific Northwest. Youth will be brought together with other youth as well as with a rich network of professionals working to protect and sustain nature.

  • Download the Student Innovation Challenge Contest Brochure here.
  • Download the Student Innovation Challenge Contest Entry Form here.
  • Download the Student Innovation Challenge Contest Rules and Guidelines here.
  • For entries that include videos, please download the Video Entry Rules and Guidelines hereYou can also view more information under Contest (Creating a Video) and Resources (see Student Films).
  • Download the Wild Salmon Youth Action Kit (Priority Conservation Concern) here.
This program was developed to share and treasure the natural beauty of British Columbia with our youth, including our urban-nature areas, and our unique coastal wilderness, home to rich First Nations cultures, diverse and productive oceans, and an expansive intact temperate rainforest. Our aim is to inspire, motivate and empower youth to protect and conserve the environment through art, film, and youth-driven actions. Youth represent honest and powerful voices for social change in their communities and are important advocates for better protection of plants, animals, and the natural communities they call home.

Past Judges

Grant Baldwin

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.

Darcy Turenne

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.

Jordan Manley

Jordan Manley

Jordan Manley is a North Vancouver based photographer and filmmaker with a world reputation for having a critical and creative eye.

Nicolas Teichrob

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.

Norm Hann

Norm Hann

Norm Hann is a professional stand up paddleboarder who spends his time training, racing and, exploring remote locations on his SUP, while sharing the sport in Canada. Based in Squamish, BC, Norm runs his own expedition company which provides SUP training and multiday SUP expeditions.

Anthony Bonello

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.

NO PURCHASE IS REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST. Open to students enrolled in grades 3 to 12 in the province of B.C. at time of entry, with parental and teacher consent required for all entrants. The contest sponsors reserve 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 Rules and Guidelines for the Student Innovation Challenge Contest here.