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#IHeartUWLibraries Video Contest- EXTENDED DEADLINE

2020 Libraries student video contest !



Due to the extenuating circumstances of COVID-19 and related Libraries closures, many students were not able to enter Libraries spaces to film footage needed for their videos. In addition, many students are dealing with unusual hardships that may have prevented a timely submission.

To accommodate these unusual circumstances, we are extending the deadline and expanding our theme for the 2020 I "heart" UW Libraries contest as follows:

Extended Deadline: 4/30/2020, winner announced by May 22nd

Expanded Theme: I "heart" UW Libraries - Remotely!

Entries already received will be eligible and equally evaluated under the same criteria as new entries received by April 30th, 2020.

Think about the ways you interact with the Library remotely, all of the online tools and electronic resources that you can use. Think about the many Librarians who answer your questions 24/7 online and who provide expert advice on research, tools, publishing, writing and so much more-- all remotely!

Please adhere to all current social distancing guidelines when creating your videos!


Capture your love for UW Libraries in a video and submit your work to win up to $1,500!

Across all three campuses, UW Libraries is the “heart” of the University – our people, places, resources and programs support students, faculty and our local community in so many ways. As this year’s annual student video contest coincides with Valentine’s Day, what better theme could we choose than “love”?  The student video contest is an opportunity to share your story - why do you “heart” the UW Libraries?  Is it the helpful staff, countless resources, or welcoming study environment?  A few ideas for inspiration:

  • The Libraries mission, vision, values
  • Profile of a librarian who made a difference in your academic career/ supported your research/helped with a special project.
  • Profile of a faculty member, how they have used the libraries to further their research, teaching and learning
  • The tools and resources available to you through the libraries: the ability to check out text books, computer and tech resources, classes, workshops and more
  • The many safe spaces for individual and group study.
  • Access to help and resources anytime, anywhere!
  • The importance of special collections and access to important cultural and historical primary sources.
  • Profile of individual libraries (there are 16 of them!); the people and resources that are meaningful to your work.
  • A combination of all of the above!
  • Need more inspiration? Watch previous submissions from 2019 winners AND 2018 winners!


  • First place video is awarded $1,500. Second place: $1,000. Third place: $500


  • UW undergraduate or graduate students are eligible from the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses.
  • Submissions must be entered by  11:59 pm on April 30th (updated deadline from March 27th), no exceptions.
  • Video must be a maximum of 1 minute.
  • Only one submission per student.
  • Video must be original content.
  • Video may not be publicly shared until winner announcements are made.
  • Video production (filming) must not violate the Libraries code of conduct or specific Libraries policies:
    • NOTE: Photography or videography requiring the use of special lighting or reflectors is not allowed
  • You must submit an official UW personal release form with your video
    • Additional release forms must be submitted for any other students featured in the video. It is responsibility of the student applicant to secure release forms on behalf of all individuals featured in the video.
    • By signing the release form, UW Libraries has rights to the video in perpetuity and may use the video for public communication and marketing.
    • By signing the release form, you agree to give copies of editable files as Libraries may choose to use all or part of submitted videos to create new/original content.
  • Follow the UW Libraries Photography and Video policies.


  • Judging will be done by a team of UW Libraries student employees and staff
  • No prior video creation or editing experience necessary
  • Winners will be announced no later than May 22nd, 2020 (previously April 10th)
  • General criteria: storytelling, creativity, effectively communicates impact/import of Libraries to student life and scholarship


  • Video production tutorials are available through IT Connect's Digital Video Workshops web page.
  • UW Libraries Media Arcade has drop-in hours to advise on video production software and tools, and equipment check-out!
  • UW Libriaries Design Help Desk can help you create visuals/graphics  (data visualization, font treatment, etc.)


    Winning submissions will be shown at events and posted to UW Libraries social media channels: UW Libraries web site, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter.

    Questions? Please contact shawley1@uw.edu