Video Contest for Teens: Win a Blackmagic Cinema Camera!

Image of two World War 2 era men for the iHistory Contest announcement for teens

Teen video producers, veterans, schools and the Library of Congress are all winners in this iHistory contest offering Blackmagic cameras for prizes.

To many kids, history is the most boring subject - all those dates to memorize! But the Worthington Foundation is helping to change that by encouraging young filmmakers to embrace living history by interviewing World War 2 veterans, learn about their adventures and let the vets tell their stories; to be forever preserved in the Library of Congress archives.

In this iHistory video contest, all the video interviews will go to the Library of Congress' Veteran's History Project, then the entrants are encouraged to expand the interviews with free resources like World War 2 footage and music from the iHistory website to compete for prizes in excellence in editing and creative storytelling. The grand prize winner and the winner's school will each receive a Blackmagic Cinema Camera with a Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens. Winners for best story and best editing receive a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with a Panasonix Lumix f/1.7 G-Series Lens. Second and third prize winners receive a bundled lighting, audio and tripod kit.

Eligibility rules state the contest is for aspiring young filmmakers in the U.S. between the 13 and 18 years old who are enrolled in Junior High or High School or an accredited Home Schooling program.

Logo of the iHistory WW2 banner with a saluting soldier on an American flag background
To help the young filmmakers learn to make better video and to encourage the teens to continue in their passion for creating video and bringing history to life, Videomaker has also gotten involved in the ihistory World War 2 project. The first 100 eligible entrys will receive a one year subscription to Videomaker magazine, one of Videomaker's instructional DVD downloads as well as a 14 day free trial membership to the Videomaker Plus Membership.

The era during World War 2 was an incredible time for the entire planet encompassing numerous years with more than 100 million people serving in military units from 30 countries worldwide. Each year thousands of our veterans pass on without anyone - even their own spouses and children, knowing about their experiences and encounters of that turbulent time.

Videomaker has enlisted readers to become involved in the Library of Congress' Veteran's History Project before, and the iHistory World War 2 project sponsored by the Worthington Foundation, brings even more incentive for young people to get to know the vets in their community, sit down and learn from them... in a way no books could ever do, and earn prizes to boot. 

Image of filmmakers along side a film strip from a World War 2 soldier
Even if you're not eligible to win a coveted Blackmagic cinema camera, video producers have a skill and talent that many people don't - the Veteran's History Project is a worthy project for anyone to get involved in, not just for young people looking for a prize.

To learn more about elegibility for the iHistory World War 2 video contest, read the following press release for details on entering and qualifying for the contest. The contest starts August 19 and runs through November 20 with winners announced in February. 

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- Films to become part of permanent archives at Library of Congress -

- State-of-the-art video equipment awarded for best films -

Although there are 1.2 million World War II veterans still living, this generation is rapidly disappearing and their untold stories of bravery and sacrifice deserve to be heard.  To help teens connect with this important piece of our history and make it come alive, the Worthington Foundation and its partners have announced the iHistory WW2 video contest, a national competition to inspire teen filmmakers to capture these stories on film before they are lost.  Teens will honor veterans by having these interviews preserved in the permanent archives at the Library of Congress, and will have the chance to win coveted prizes for themselves and their school.  The announcement was made today by Jeffrey Worthington, iHistory WW2 project director and CEO of the Worthington Foundation.

Between August 19, and November 20, 2013 aspiring young filmmakers (ages 13-18), who are currently enrolled in Junior High or High School or an accredited Home Schooling program, will record video interviews with WWII veterans about their experiences during the war.  All interviews meeting the minimum standards and guidelines will then be archived at the Library of Congress as part of the Veteran’s History Project.

After the interviews have been submitted to the Library of Congress, the students will enter the second phase, where they will compete for prizes. At the iHistory WW2  website, entrants will have access to editing resources and footage to transform their interviews into creative 3-5 minute documentaries.  Eligible films will undergo a judging process comprised of online voting and a panel of qualified judges.  Prizes will be awarded to the top five films that demonstrate excellence in editing and creative storytelling.  

The Grand Prize winner and the winner’s school will each receive a package which includes a Blackmagic Cinema Camera with a Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens.  Prizes for “Best Story” and “Best Editing” will include a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with a Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 G-Series Lens.  First and Second prize winners will receive a lighting, audio recording, and tripod bundle.  The total value of combined prizes is more than $11,000.  Students will have until November 20 to enter the contest. Winners will be announced in February.

To learn how to enter the contest and view the Official Rules, please visit:

“We created this contest to mobilize young Americans to record history from the people who made it,” said Worthington. “It is our hope that this project will help bridge the generational gap and allow teens to engage with, and learn from, a rapidly disappearing generation.” 

The iHistory WW2 video contest website provides excellent resources for young filmmakers to get started.  They will find tips on how to locate a veteran to interview, a list of relevant questions to ask, and filming techniques such as creating the proper backdrop and lighting.  To help the students convert their veteran’s interview into a mini-documentary for the contest, the iHistory WW2 website also provides editing software, public domain WWII footage, and royalty-free music.

iHistory WW2 is part of The Worthington Foundation, an organization committed to using media to engage, assist, inspire, and educate America’s youth about history and our culture.  This nonprofit organization was founded in 2010, with the mission of encouraging today's youth to research the past, and inspire them to take a greater interest in their future.

iHistory WW2 is proud to be working in cooperation with the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center in helping to preserve the legacy of American servicemen and women.  The Veterans History Project was launched in 2000 and, to date, has collected nearly 70,000 veterans' oral histories, 30,000 of which are from WWII veterans.

Contact: Karen Baratz