- Ryan R. Reed | Posted July 15, 2013
Earlier this year we launched our inaugural video contest with the goal of highlighting up-and-coming videographers with amazing stories to tell. We received over 200 videos covering topics ranging from scenic timelapses to the best organic coffee in Brazil but only one could be declared our grand prize winner.
Our judges combed through all of the entries and agreed that one video stood out from the rest.
Revolutionizing the Urban Farm
Gary Breece and Russell Hawkins’ video about organic farmer Ben Greene’s revolutionary vertical farms could potentially change the way we all get our produce. With “The Farmery,” an urban farm and market, Greene is able to grow and sell in the same space. This cuts down on transportation costs, inventory loss and packaging materials.
The video has a pulsing soundtrack, courtesy of Chris Zabriskie, that blends seamlessly with Breece and Hawkins’ beautiful cinematography. Greene’s passion for changing the way we eat food is captured with masterful editing and we’re proud to have this video be our grand prize winner.
North Country Stargazing
We wanted to give our readers the chance to vote for their favorite video and with over 3,000 votes, the winner was clear. Photographer Shawn Malone‘s timelapse video of the night sky over Michigan’s Upper Peninsula captivated our audience’s attention more than any other video. The timelapse consists of over 10,000 photos and took an entire year to shoot. Thanks to a lot of coffee and persistence, Malone captured 33 vistas over the UP’s night sky that she hopes will still be visible for future generations.
Travel: Travel by Daydream
Nature: Discovering New Species in the Amazon
People: The Piano Bar
Mobile: London Timelapse
Which video would you have chosen as the grand prize winner? Check out all of our finalists here and let us know in the comment section below.
Thank you again to everyone who submitted a video to the contest. You made this contest a huge success and we were blown away by the quality of the submissions. In the coming weeks we will be featuring many of the submissions on Smithsonian.com so check back often.
Here at Smithsonian we’re committed to bringing you the most amazing stories about topics you may have never even thought about before. With In Motion we hope that you will share an amazing story with us through video.
We’re looking for original videos that explore and document the world around us. Your video should fit into one of our five categories (nature, arts, travel, people and mobile) and be no longer than 10 minutes. What exactly are we looking for? Documentaries, time lapses, animation, split-screen and profiles are all acceptable. To get a better idea of the types of video you should submit, check out the videos that inspire us.
The deadline to submit your video is May 31, 2013, and there is no entry fee. Four esteemed judges will select the best of the best and on July 1, 2013, we will announce the finalists. We will also open up the voting for the Viewers’ Choice award. On July 15, 2013, the winners of the grand prize and Viewers’ Choice will be announced.
The grand prize winner will walk away with $2,000 and their video will be shown on Smithsonian Channel on Demand. Our Viewers’ Choice award winner will receive $1,000 and may be shown on Smithsonian Channel on Demand. The category winners will receive $200.