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Competition Rules & Guidelines

Please read and carefully consider the following details and guidelines for the ATOM Groundswell Schools Competition before submitting your entry.

All entrants must adhere to the following guidelines:

All entries – whether film, website, essay or photo essay – should relate to environmental issues, sustainability, and/or changing the planet (or your local area) for the better.

  • Entry is free, and is open to all primary and secondary school students in Australia and New Zealand.

  • All entries must be made specifically for the ATOM Groundswell Schools Competition 2020.
  • Ensure that all content in your entry (such as footage, music, images, props, etc.) is your own. If you include any copyrighted or trademarked content, you must be able to provide written permission for its use. Entries containing any unauthorised content will be disqualified. For more information on copyright, click here.

  • All entries must be submitted online (including completion of the entry form and uploading of all relevant content) by close of entries: midday AEST, Friday 6 September 2020.

Categories

The following table shows the 16 categories in the ATOM Groundswell Schools Competition, and summarises the maximum amount of content that may be submitted when entering each category.

CategoryLower Primary (Years F–3)Upper Primary (Years 4–6)Lower Secondary (Years 7–9)Upper Secondary (Years 10–12)
Film3 mins3 mins6 mins6 mins
Website7 web pages
15 images
500 words
7 web pages
15 images
500 words
7 web pages
15 images
1000 words
7 web pages
15 images
1000 words
Essay1500 words1500 words3000 words3000 words
Photo Essay10–20 images
500 words
10–20 images
500 words
20–40 images
1000 words
20–40 images
1000 words

Film

  • Entrants’ short films may be a piece of fiction, a documentary, a community-service announcement or a music clip (be sure to adhere to copyright rules!). Submitted films could be animated or live-action – funny or serious.
  • Films may be in any language or have no dialogue at all. Non-English audio (or important on-screen text) must have English subtitles.
  • Opening and/or closing credits are not required, but (if added) may add up to an additional 10 seconds total running time (over the maximum listed in the table above).
  • Film entries must also include 3–10 still images from the film that we can use to represent your film on our site and in print if you are a finalist.

Website

  • All content should be in English (or have a translation where non-English content is included).
  • Website entries must also include 3–10 screenshots from the website that we can use to represent your website on our site and in print if you are a finalist.

Essay

  • Content should be in English (or have a translation where non-English content is included).

Photo Essay

  • Entrants may use digital image manipulation (e.g. Photoshop) if they desire.
  • Accompanying written content should be in English (or have a translation where non-English content is included).

Prizes

Prizes will be awarded to winners in each of the sixteen categories. The first-place prizes each include an iPad (32 GB Wi-Fi models valued at $529 each) – for a total prize pool of over $8400.

And there will be more prizes announced soon!

To enter

Entries are to be submitted to one of sixteen categories:

  • Lower Primary (Years F–3) Film
  • Lower Primary (Years F–3) Website
  • Lower Primary (Years F–3) Essay
  • Lower Primary (Years F–3) Photo Essay
  • Upper Primary (Years 4–6) Film
  • Upper Primary (Years 4–6) Website
  • Upper Primary (Years 4–6) Essay
  • Upper Primary (Years 4–6) Photo Essay
  • Lower Secondary (Years 7–9) Film
  • Lower Secondary (Years 7–9) Website
  • Lower Secondary (Years 7–9) Essay
  • Lower Secondary (Years 7–9) Photo Essay
  • Upper Secondary (Years 10–12) Film
  • Upper Secondary (Years 10–12) Website
  • Upper Secondary (Years 10–12) Essay
  • Upper Secondary (Years 10–12) Photo Essay

If an entry is created by more than one person, it should entered into the appropriate category for the oldest member of the group. While some assistance from parents/teachers is expected – particularly in the primary school categories – the creative vision for the entry must be the students’ alone, and the bulk of the work must be done by the students.

Each entry may only be submitted once. Entrants may submit multiple entries, as long as each entry differs significantly from any others submitted by that entrant.

Online entry system

In order for your entry to be valid, you must submit it using the online entry system on this website, including:

  1. Completing all compulsory fields on each step the entry form.
  2. Uploading your content in the following formats:
    • Film entries:
      • Video file
      • 3–10 still images from the film (GIF, JPG or PNG)
    • Website entries:
      • Supply URL on entry form
      • 3–10 screenshots from the website (GIF, JPG or PNG)
    • Essay entries:
      • PDF
    • Photo Essay entries:
      • 10–20 images (GIF, JPG or PNG)
      • Written content in a PDF

If you have any questions, or are having trouble submitting your entry online, please email info@jamieduriesgroundswell.com – we are here to help.

Judging

Judges will be announced in 2020.

The judges may disqualify an entry if they have reason to believe that it does not comply with the entry Terms & Conditions, so make sure you have read them thoroughly!

Finalists and winners

Four finalists in each of the sixteen categories will be contacted via email and announced at a date TBC. Please ensure you submit a valid email address with your entry.

The entrants whose submissions are considered the most engaging, imaginative and innovative in content and delivery, will be deemed the winners.

The winners were announced at the 2020 SAE ATOM Awards Student Awards Presentation, held at SAE Creative Media Institute Melbourne in November 2020.