Climate Connections Social Media Competition
Create a great social media video or message and win £50
Get your visual story seen and help the fight against climate change
No experience necessary, it’s your ideas that count!
Deadline: Sunday 9th May at 23.59 hours (midnight)
Climate Connections is a new project looking to get more people aware and active about climate change.
How do our lives here in the UK connect with climate change?
Who’s responsible, how are we affected and what can we do about it?
OFFICIAL LAUNCH: 15TH APRIL 2021
If you’ve an idea for a great social media video or visual story, we can help you create it and enter the competition.
You might be an experienced video or media creator with a passion for positive change, or a complete beginner.
We’ve put together some resources to help you get going, and do check out the competition guidelines.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 19th May at a special online event
Prizes: 1st £50 / 2nd £30 / 3rd £20 / Three runners up £10 / Special Mention awards
All prizes are gift cards – choose the one you prefer!
We’re linking up with organisations such as Climate Outreach who along with our project partners (including some in Germany – see below) will help generate a social media buzz for the winning and special mention entries.
This is a project for people who live, work or study in Oldham. We especially want to reach communities with strong links across the world affected by global warming, including refugee groups. If you’re a school, college or community group we can offer a free workshop with detailed suggestions, practical advice and answers to any questions about the competition.
This is a project by Crossing Footprints for Oldham Library. A parallel competition is taking place with libraries in Bremen and Hamburg in Germany. The results will be presented together along with the chance to connect with people from Germany. All libraries are especially interested to involve communities who have migrated to Europe.
Additional partners in the project are Community Arts North West, Greater Manchester Libraries of Sanctuary and Peshkar. Financially supported by Arts Council England and CILIP.
What are we looking for?
The simple answer is anything that makes people think about climate change and hopefully do something about it – change our own behaviour, getting involved in activities or action, educating others, pushing governments and corporations to change and so on. It can be a direct and simple message, or it can be poetic or creative in any way you like.
We think that video as a format is good but it doesn’t have to be a video – if it’s a graphic, a set of hand drawings or any kind of visual story then as long as the idea is good we’d love to see it. It can even be a storyboard if you don’t feel confident creating the video yourself! We have provided you with over 100 images you can use but we’d love to see some of your own ones, for example photos you have taken yourself.
Here are a few things worth bearing in mind:
- Images of destruction by climate change can be powerful, but research shows that on their own they are not effective unless given an extra angle such as a personal story or an experience we can identify with.
- Possibly one of the biggest problems we have is connecting our immediate activities and lives with climate change. Do we think of the rainforests being destroyed for beef farming when eating a delicious burger? Or the increasing wildfires and floods across the world when we put petrol in our beloved cars?
- It’s good to have a positive message like things people can support, do or get involved with rather than simply show problems that can be depressing to watch.
- Anything that includes your own personal experience and thoughts are better than something that looks like a standard social media message that we might regularly see.
We are especially interested in stories and messages that connect with:
- migration, communities that have migrated to the UK and environmental issues in countries from where people migrate. More about climate migration at https://climatemigration.org.uk/ and https://www.climateforesight.eu/migrations-inequalities/environmental-migrants-up-to-1-billion-by-2050/
- Anything to do with Oldham – such as local businesses, communities, recycling, pollution or other issues, wildlife and parks (including the Northern Roots project the UK’s largest urban farm and eco-park in the heart of Oldham).
Why social media?
We all know social media has big problems – we are saturated with it, can get addicted to it, it’s riddled with fake news, and so on. On the other hand it is also an incredible tool that people use to organise large scale movements like BLM, Me Too and others. Governments and companies are constantly tracking what concerns people on social media and it influences what they do. So you don’t have to be a fan of it to want to use it for something that might help make a difference, and whether we like it or not it is a major way in which people both give and get information about the world around us. It is most effective when it links up with a batch of other activities that are happening – campaigns and petitions, local actions, demands for divestment and so on.
Guidelines for media creation
- There are a number of video creation tips and tools to help you, and also a library of images you can use at https://crossingfootprints.com/climate-connections/image-resources/
- If you have a great idea but can’t figure out how to create the video, send it to us anyway and we might be able to get it made.
- We really like videos but if your idea is a simple graphic or other visual message or story please send it in. As we say it’s the ideas that count.
- Feel free to use your own images according to the image size and copyright guidelines below.
- Keep the total length of your video short, under 1 minutes long.
- If your idea is good and it needs a longer time then fine, we won’t disqualify it.
- The resources and guidelines will be updated around the time the competition officially launches on Thursday 15th April 2021.
How to enter / upload / send in
First, check the following:
- The video file type is best created as an mp4 file (encoded as H264), but don’t worry we can accept almost any file type that looks like it’s a reasonable quality.
- The video resolution should ideally be HD at least 720×1280 if possible.
- By entering this competition, you automatically give us permission to re-use your work in any and all media and we agree to credit you wherever possible.
…then, send us your file:
- Please fill in and submit the following form – remember to tick the Data Privacy Agreement at the end.
- After you have created a video file, use https://wetransfer.com or a similar service and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
If your entry is not video and the file size is less than 10 megabytes, you can simply send it via email to the same address – email@example.com
Once we check your file we will email you back to confirm it has been received and plays ok. We will also send you details of the awards event. THANK YOU for entering this competition.
We have got a wide range of images you can use at https://crossingfootprints.com/climate-connections/image-resources/
If you want to find some other images, try to always use pictures that are a large size, at least 800 pixels on the shortest side.
Also try and use pictures that are creative commons or public domain, so there are no copyright problems in using them. You can set your image searches for this option. Here are some good places to search: