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Submissions and Contest
The Adobe Youth Voices Awards is a global competition that honors youth who make original, outstanding digital media to creatively express their vision for positive change. Eligible projects must be created by youth between the ages of 13-19 and demonstrate the power of media to give voice to youth issues and concerns. Media must have been created between 2012-2015 and submitted by an adult educator. Participation is completely free and does not require the use or purchase of Adobe products.

  • Youth ages 13-19 are eligible to participate by teaming up with adult educators who are from any school or youth organization worldwide. In order to submit media, all educators are welcome to register with Adobe Youth Voices Community at no cost.
  • For Videos: You may choose ONE method of submitting your project:
      • Raw Files: Files must be MP4 following the Adobe Youth Voices program video encoding requirements.
      • Youtube link – If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Youtube, you may enter the link as a submission.
      • Vimeo link – If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Vimeo, you may enter the link as a submission.
These are the settings for creating the master file that will be uploaded to the Adobe Youth Voices Awards.

Master
Video
Frame Size (16:9) 1280x720
Frame Rate 1 to 1
Format H. 264
Field Order Progressive
Pixel Aspect Ratio Square (1)
Level 3.2
Bitrate Encoding VBR 2 pass
Target Bitrate 20Mbps
Maximum Bitrate 20 Mbps
Keyframes (every 1 sec)
Audio
Codec AAC
Channels Stereo
Frequency 48kHz
Bitrate 256kbps
  • For Photographs, still images, or graphic design: Files must be JPEG
  • A brief (100 word) artistic statement must be submitted. This statement should be about the work, explaining why it was made, who the intended audience is, how it was exhibited, and any other pertinent information.
    • A photograph and biography of the youth media maker(s) must be submitted in order to complete the submission process. (Please Note: Photos and biography will be used on the Adobe Youth Voices Awards website if submission is chosen. If there is more than one youth media maker involved, please submit individual photos.)
    • Videos that are not in English must have English subtitles.
    • All videos must have a total minimum running time of 1 minute and a total maximum running time of 10 minutes, including title and end credits. Please note: The category for Venture has the maximum running time of 5 minutes.
    • Categories for submission include:
      • Video
        1. Animation
        2. Documentary
        3. Narrative
        4. Venture
      • Print
        1. Visual

NOTE: All materials used in the production of the Adobe Youth Voices Awards projects (music, photos, video, etc) must be original, copyright free, or used with permission of the creator of the work.
  • Non-exclusive Licensing Agreement Form (NELA)
    The non-exclusive licensing agreement (NELA) must be signed by all Adobe Youth Voices Awards participants & if they are under the age of 18, his/her parent/guardian. This document states that the youth artist is the owner of his/her work but that they give the Adobe Foundation permission to distribute the work. Please click here to download the NELA Form.
  • Model Release Form
    The Model Release Form permits the Adobe Foundation to use the artists’ image and should be signed by all youth (if under 18, their parents) that are participants in the AYV program. Please click here to download the Model Release Form.
    Artists must also use the model release form to receive permission to use the image of any subjects or characters in your piece. For more information on following copyright guidelines for producing a media piece, visit the Adobe Youth Voices community.
Selected top projects per category will be required to submit original copies of all necessary NELA and Model Release forms.

Animation


Animation is the art of making images, pictures, and objects come to life by making it appear that they are moving. Animation can take many styles, and appropriate projects for this category include stop motion, computer generated, Flash, hand-drawn, motion graphics, and/or a hybrid of formats.
Submit your project as follows:
  • Upload media through the Adobe Youth Voices Awards Submit Online page. Call for Submissions are now open. Media created between 2012 – 2014 must be submitted by March 9, 2015. All media created after January 2015 must be submitted by April 20, 2015.
  • For Videos: You may choose ONE method of submitting your project:
    • Raw Files: Files must be MP4 following the Adobe Youth Voices program video encoding requirements.
    • Youtube link – If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Youtube, you may enter the link as a submission.
    • Vimeo link – If you do not have a raw file but have uploaded your work to Vimeo, you may enter the link as a submission.
If you are not an Adobe Youth Voices Community educator yet, please register at:www.youthvoices.adobe.com/community