5 Easy Ways to Enter a Video Contest

Thanks to Create the Good for this guest post! 

Are you dreaming of making your community a better place? Create the Good is here to help! That’s why we’ve launched the 2017 Dream Builders Video Contest, which celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by highlighting the inspiring projects of dreamers like you across the country. Enter by the February 7, 2017 deadline and you could win a donation to the local nonprofit of your choice to help make your dream a reality! 

Here’s how it works. Submit your video (of 1-minute or less) telling the story of your dream project to help improve your community. You could win a donation of up to $2,500 to the nonprofit of your choice – that’s huge! 

So how can you enter? Submit a 1 minute- video here! Check out these 5 easy ways to create and submit your video: 

1. Use your smartphone: Taking video on your smartphone is as simple as a couple of clicks. On an iPhone or Android, tap the Camera icon and then slide the menu choice at the bottom to “video.” Turn your phone to a landscape/horizontal view for more coverage, and record. Once you’re done, you can upload the video right from your phone to the contest entry page, or email the video to yourself, iMessage it to other devices, or send it via Facebook messenger. 

2. Use pre-installed software: Good news, your Mac laptop may already have iMovie on it. This pre-installed software makes it easy to take photos and videos and pop them onto a pre-designed template with background music and everything! Have a PC? Use Powerpoint to create a snazzy slideshow of photos and testimonials with music and production value to boot. 

3. Use a free, online website: Online video and slideshow-making platforms also make a 1-minute video submission a snap! Using your photos, video clips, quotes and handwritten messages, services like Animoto or Kizoa help you build short videos in minutes. You can add text, special effects, music and more. 

4. Ask for help: No matter who you are, you’re just a few degrees away from a teenager who knows the ins and outs of social media and how to create cool photos and videos. Ask a neighbor’s kid to help or get a whole group behind it, whether it’s the school, a nonprofit, a Girl Scout Troop you name it – someone is bound to be able to help you pull off a video entry. 

5. Get the community involved: Ask your fellow community members to help with your entry. The more the merrier and the more quickly your video will come together. Keep in mind that each video entry needs to be 1 minute or less to be considered a valid entry. Submit your Dream Builders project today!