Celebrate Your Hero: Veterans Contest with up to $1,000 in Prizes - Entry Tips
Thanks to Create the Good for this guest post!
It’s Veterans Month – the time to honor the heroes who have given so much to their communities and their country. Create the Good is here to help do just that through the 25 Days of Honoring Heroes contest. Nominate your hero – be it a veteran, veteran’s family member or a volunteer who supports veterans’ causes – by the November 25, 2017 deadline and they could win up to $1,000!
Here’s how it works. Submit your video (of 1-minute or less) or photo and essay (no more than 500 characters) telling the story of your nominee, what makes them your hero and the positive impact they’ve had on others. On December 4-8, invite friends and family to view and vote for your video. On December 11, we will announce the seven nominated winners who will receive up to $1,000 each!
How can you enter? Submit a 1 minute-video or 500 character essay and photo here!
Going for the video option? Check out these 4 easy ways to create and submit your entry:
1. Use your smartphone: Taking video on your smartphone is as simple as a couple of taps. 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, and upload it easily to the 25 Days of Honoring Heroes video submission page here.
2. Use pre-installed software: Good news, your Mac laptop already has 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 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 or photo entry.
However you choose to submit, get the community involved. Ask your fellow community members to vote for your entry December 4-8. Share the voting link in your social media feeds, via email and post it to your neighborhood and community group sites. Ask your friends and colleagues to share the link in their feeds too - the more the merrier and a better chance for your veteran to win!