Terms and Conditions

Value of our local water environments school video competition 2021
Please read and carefully consider the following guidelines and Terms and Conditions for the ‘Value of our local water environments’ video competition before submitting your entry.


  • Photos can expose issues in a compelling and easy to understand way.
  • Photography/video is one of the most powerful tools for conveying a strong message.
  • Create your own inspirational video on the theme ‘The value of our local water environments’.
  • Choose your entry category- Digital video photobook or motion picture video.
  • Photographs/video can help further people’s understanding of the impacts of environmental change and help inspire others to live sustainably.
  • Create a digital video photobook or a short 3 minute motion picture telling the story of the environmental issues and/or successes, which impact water environments, in the local area around your school. You may want to highlight the beauty of water, importance of water-cycle, impacts on water-cycle- plastic pollution, climate change, chemical pollution.
  • Videos may consider the importance of local water environments to the people and wildlife who live there and/or the impacts on these water environments from climate change, flooding, drought, increased demand from industry and domestic homes, pollution etc.
  • Entries should showcase the value of our local water environments and the impacts/influences on them- global warming, climate change, user demand, pollution
  • Judges will look out for videos that are creative, inspiring and have a clear message.
  • Plan your story. Make sure you inspire and have a strong message – brainstorm, plan, draft- storyboard/script, revise, edit and produce final product! Be creative- use video, pictures, voice over, music but ensure you have permission to use all items- (see terms and conditions below for details).
  • You don’t have to have expensive equipment to make your video.
  • You can use any equipment that you have. Use a still camera to make a photobook, or use a Tablet, phone camera, or video camera to take a motion picture. When you are putting your media together, there are several types of editing software that you can use.

Examples include

iMovie- Create a new movie project in iMovie on Mac - Apple Support
Adobe Spark - Online Video Editor: Free Video Maker | Adobe Spark
Microsoft Powerpoint - https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/turn-your-presentation-into-a-   video-c140551f-cb37-4818-b5d4-3e30815c3e83

Terms and Conditions for the ‘Value of our local water environments’ video competition 2021

This competition is organised by Northern Ireland Water Limited (NI Water).

  1. The opening date for entries is 9am, Monday 20th September 2021. The closing date is 5pm, Friday 10 December 2021 and winners will be notified in January 2022. All entries must be uploaded using the online submission form at https://forms.niwater.com/water-environments/
    Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges appointed by NI Water applying the following criteria: creativity, inspiration, clarity of message and how well it connects to the theme of this competition, namely: the value of our local water environments.
    The competition is free to enter.
  2. The competition is open to all secondary schools in Northern Ireland and each school may submit a maximum of 5 entries, whether consisting of group or individual submissions. Entries can be on an individual or group basis (maximum 5 persons per group). Schools may only submit one entry per individual/group.
  3. All Pupils must supply their written consent to enter the competition, as provided by the person with parental responsibility (Parent, Legal Guardian, Teacher or Classroom Assistant), with their associated contact details.  An consent form found here must be completed and uploaded when uploading the competition entry. WITHOUT BOTH PUPIL AND TEACHER CONSENT REGRETFULLY THE ENTRY WILL BE INVALID.
  4. The school shall indemnify NI Water against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses (including but not limited to any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal costs (calculated on an indemnity basis) and all other professional costs and expenses) suffered or incurred by NI Water arising out of or in connection with any claim made against NI Water for actual or alleged infringement of a third party’s intellectual property rights in connection with any entry from said school’s pupils to the competition. For the avoidance of doubt schools must ensure that competition entries do not contain any images, photographs or videos (and such like) that belong to others and are not free to use or have not been acquired properly. Failure to do so may result in the indemnity herein being called upon by NI Water.
  5. All entries must be a digital video.
  6. Entries are entered in one of 2 categories –
    • Digital video photobook created using solely still images; or
    •  Digital motion picture video.
  7. Videos created using photo stills only must not exceed 10 photos (excluding title and end frames) but may use text/captions/music (please ensure the use of all items have appropriate permissions – see below for more details).  
  8. Motion picture videos should not exceed 3 minutes in length and must be shot in Landscape- any submitted in portrait won’t be considered for a prize
  9.  Entries containing unauthorised content will be disqualified.
  10. No professional assistance is allowed. Adults may assist with production but limited to verbal guidance only. Adults can be actors or cameramen but not content contributors.
  11. Content must be appropriate and comply with all local and national laws
  12. Content must not:
    • promote illegal behaviour; 
    • support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice;
    • advocate sexual or violent exploitation;
    • violate rights established by law or agreement; or
    • invade the privacy of any person.
  13. All entries must be submitted by a teacher or classroom assistant and a teacher or classroom assistant’s school email address must be used on the submission form as a point of contact.
  14. The judges’ decision is final.
  15. Awards will be presented as follows:
    • Winners of each category – Digital video photobook and motion picture video-will receive a Go Pro Hero 9 and Go Pro Gorilla Pod for their school and winning students will receive a Smart Phone video kit
    • Runners Up of each category will receive a JOBY Gorilla Pod Mobile Vlogging Kit for their school and winning students will receive a smart phone video kit
  16. Students should keep a copy of their video. NI Water is not responsible for any entries lost, damaged or that do not upload properly.
  17. Ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the project remains with the entrant, except where entrants grant their consent that NI Water may use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation. Also granting NI Water the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, and/or display, or exhibit the entrant’s project video for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes on their website, at conferences, or at any other venues.
  18. By accepting the prizes, winners agree to hold NI Water and all NI Water employees harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of such prizes to the extent permitted by law.  
  19. Schools agree to be bound by the official contest rules and decisions of the judges. By submitting an entry, the school is agreeing to be bound by the terms and conditions of this competition.
  20. A prize winners’ awards ceremony will take place in February 2022 at the Belfast Wastewater Heritage Centre, Duncrue Street, Belfast