''My City, Our World Heritage'' - International Video Production Competition
The OWHC is proud to renew for a second time the international video production competition entitled My City: Our World Heritage. This competition is intended for young people of two age groups: those between 14 and 17 years of age and those between 18 and 21 years of age. At the invitation of the cities that have registered, the young people will be called upon to produce a video of a maximum duration of five minutes on the world heritage city in which they live. The participating cities are free to invite the young people belonging to both age groups or to only one of them. The videos must be realized in one of the following languages: French, English, or Spanish. The competitors must obligatorily publish their videos on the YouTube site. There is no cost to realize this operation.
Once published on YouTube, the videos produced by the young people will undergo a selection in their respective cities. Each city will choose a winning video for each of the participating age groups. The winning videos on the local level will then be submitted to an international jury that will determine a winner among the 14-17 years of age group and another one among the 18-21 years of age group. Both winners will be awarded attractive international prizes.
o To make the young people acquire a better knowledge of world heritage.
o To convey to the young people a stronger sense of belonging and pride concerning world heritage, through their personal vision.
o To allow young people to express themselves on world heritage and, in particular, on that of their city.
o To ensure that they are involved in the conservation and enhancement approach of the cities recognized as treasures of mankind.
This international competition will take place in two stages.
The first stage: the local level
To take part in this international competition, the mayors or their representatives must complete the form put on line on the OWHC Web site. The eligibility requirements are simple and flexible. In fact, the OWHC only requires that the participating cities invite, according to the formula that is suitable to them, young people aged between 14 and 17 years of age and/or between 18 and 21 years of age to participate in the competition. The young people will realize a video production and will put it on You Tube. Each city will then select a video production for each age group registered, that it will submit for the international level of this competition.
It is therefore up to each mayor to decide, within his or her city, how he or she will launch the invitation to the young people, how the latter will register for the local level of the competition and how the winning video or videos that will represent their city on the international level will be selected.
The financing of this local part of the competition is assumed by the participating cities, out of their own structures.
The second step: the international level
At this level, the award-winning videos of each of the cities are grouped together, and are given an international dimension. This level is totally assumed by the OWHC, which undertakes to carry out the following activities:
o The creation of Web pages dedicated to this international competition on the OWHC site. These Web pages will allow, in particular, participating cities to register, will ensure the webcasting of all the award-winning video productions on the local level and will offer great exposure for the participating cities.
o The formation of a jury of three people who will select the video production that will win the international competition. The jury will be made up of a multimedia specialist, a representative of the Board of Directors of the OWHC and the Secretary General of the OWHC or its representative. The videos will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
1. Quality of the production
2. Processing of the content
3. Originality and creativity
o The awarding of the international prizes to the prizewinners at the international level.
o Recognition by the OWHC of the cities that, thanks to their young international prizewinner, have distinguished themselves in the competition.
The cities that are allowed to participate in this competition must be members in good standing of the OWHC and have paid annually their contributions for the last three years. A city that has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for less than three years may also register in this international competition, provided it has paid its contribution annually to the OWHC since its recognition by the UNESCO.
The cities are not required to open the competition to both targeted groups; they may decide to offer the competition to a single age group only.
Teams of young people are accepted.
The young people cannot register directly with the OWHC. The cities register in this competition and invite the young people to take part in it.
The mayor of a world heritage city may hand the management of this project over to a delegated promoter.
Videos made with a camcorder, a camera, a computer, or a cellphone are eligible. The video must be made or converted in the formats accepted by YouTube, namely .wmv (Windows Movie Maker, Windows Media Player, etc.), .avi (Audio Video Interleave), .mov (iMovie), .mpg (Quick Time video format).
Responsibilities of the city or delegated promoter
- To invite young people to participate in the competition.
- To ensure the orderly conduct of the local level of the competition.
- To select the video or the two videos that will be submitted at the international level of the competition and to complete the form on line on the OWHC Web site. The address URL of the prize-winning video must appear on that form.
Responsibilities of the OWHC
To webcast on the OWHC site the award-winning video of each of the participating cities.
To set up a jury to select the two videos that will win the international competition.
To award the prizes to both prizewinners of the international competition.
To recognize the cities that distinguished themselves thanks to their young international prizewinners.
PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
14 to 17 years age group
The OWHC will invite the mayor (or his representative) of the young prizewinner to officially present the video in his or her municipality. A representative of the OWHC will be pleased to be there to award him or her the international prize of the OWHC, namely the sum of $500 US.
The young prizewinner of the international competition and the mayor of the winning city will be awarded an honorary certificate by the OWHC.
The video of the young prizewinner will be broadcast officially at the OWHC World Congress in Oaxaca, Mexico, that will take place from November 19 to 22, 2013. The mayor or representative of the winning city will be invited to speak.
The young prizewinner at the international level and the mayor of the winning city will be invited for an interview that will be webcast in particular on the OWHC Web site.
In the event where a team of young people wins the prize, the amount of $500 will be divided according to the number of teammates. An honorary certificate will be awarded to each of the members of a duly formed team.
18 to 21 years age group
The OWHC will invite the mayor (or his representative) of the young prizewinner to officially present the video in his or her municipality. A representative of the OWHC will be pleased to be there to award him or her the international prize of the OWHC, namely the sum of $1,000 US.
The young prizewinner of the international portion and the mayor of the winning city will receive an honorary certificate from the OWHC.
The video of the young award winner will be broadcast officially at the OWHC World Congress in Oaxaca, Mexico, that will take place from November 19, to 22, 2013. The mayor or the representative of the winning city will be invited to talk.
The young award winner at the international level and the mayor of the winning city will be invited for an interview that will be webcast in particular on the OWHC Web site.
In the event where a team of young people wins the prize, the amount of $1,000 will be divided according to the number of teammates. An honorary certificate will be awarded to each of the members of a duly formed team.
Until June 14, 2013
Registration of the world heritage cities in the competition. To do so, the participating cities must complete and send the registration form available on the Web site of the OWHC.
June 28, 2013
Deadline set for the participating cities to submit to the OWHC the award-winning video on the local level for one or two age groups. To do so, the participating cities must complete and send the award-winners form available on the Web site of the OWHC.
Deliberations of the jury of the OWHC to determine the two prizewinners of the international portion.
Fall 2013/Winter 2014
Award of the international prize to the prizewinner of the 14-17 and 18-21 age groups at a ceremony held at the city hall of the winning world heritage cities.