Schools’ Digital Wildlife Award 2015: Call for entries

Calling all teachers: a new award aims to celebrate the most dynamic wildlife education in British schools.

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BBC Wildlife is on the hunt for schools that are leading the way in natural-history education. Our new Schools’ Digital Wildlife Award will celebrate the most innovative teachers and the most enthusiastic classrooms around the country.

We are asking classes to submit a digital presentation from the classroom. It could be in the form of a three-minute video or a concise Prezi-style presentation that can combine words, video and pictures. 

As long as the presentation relates to wildlife, you can choose any topic you like. In fact we’d like you to be as creative as possible when deciding your theme, but we’ve suggested some ideas below to help you get started. 

Your school wildlife zone Your digital project could focus on your school’s wildlife zone, reporting on the different species that live there, the behaviour you’ve seen and any seasonal changes.

International conservation You could report on a conservation issue somewhere in the world using research that has been discussed in the classroom – anywhere from Africa to the Antarctic, from rainforest to desert.

Species-specific Whether you’ve been studying birds, mammals, ocean wildlife or invertebrates, you can create a presentation that looks at groups of animals or even just a single species. 

Local wildlife Report on a wildlife reserve nearby, local conservation efforts or a specific species that is found in your area. 

CONTACT US

If your school is interested in getting involved, email BBC Wildlife editor matt.swaine@immediate.co.uk for full details using the subject line “Wild Schools”.

THE RULES

1. Promoter: Immediate Media Company Bristol Ltd.

2. The competition closes at 5pm on 3 June 2015.

3. The competition is open to all primary and secondary schools, except employees of Immediate Media Company, as well as their immediate families.

4. This competition is open to all UK and non-UK residents and is subject to the laws of England. Entrants outside the UK must adhere to local laws.

5. An entry must be submitted by a teacher or representative of the school that is over 18-years-old.

6. Videos must be no longer than three minutes and can be sent via email using a file transfer protocol (FTP) to matt.swaine@immediate.co.uk or posted to us at BBC Wildlife Magazine, Immediate Media Company, 2nd floor, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3BN on a CD-ROM.

7. Prezi-style presentations allow you to combine words, pictures and video. Submissions must be no more than 15 clicks long, feature no more than 20 pics, 500 words and one minute of video. Find out more at www.prezi.com. To submit a Prezi presentation a link should be sent to matt.swaine@immediate.co.uk

8. The digital presentation must have been created in 2015 and be the original work of school pupils and their teacher/s. The school must be the owner of the copyright of the digital presentation entered. The Promoter does not accept any liability in the publication of unlawfully reproduced digital material.

9. Entrants must not do anything to injure or distress any animals or destroy their habitat in an attempt to secure digital material. Entrants must also make sure their work is original, or permission is sought from the rights-holders. 

10. Pupils must not appear in any on-screen presentation at any time but voice-overs can be used. However, the voice-overs should not reveal the names, ages or schools of the participants.

11. All digital presentations must be uploaded to our website www.discoverwildlife.com by the closing date.

12. Videos must be submitted as mp4 files.

13. All entries must be accompanied with the name of the entrant representing the school, school name, address, telephone number and email address.

14. Entrants agree that if they win, their name, job title at school and school name will be published.

15. The Promoter takes no responsibility for corrupted or late entries.

16. The Promoter will use your data for the purposes of administering this competition and in accordance with Immediate’s Privacy Policy at www.immediate.co.uk/privacy-policy/.

17. By entering the competition you agree to grant Immediate Media Company a non-exclusive licence to reproduce, publish and feature the digital presentation in association with this competition, at any time, in any publication, website or other associated media outlets, without compensation.

18. The digital presentations, including the Prezi presentations, will be judged by the BBC Wildlife Magazine editorial team. The judges will be looking for digital presentations that feature creative content and an enthusiasm and insight for wildlife.

19. The judges’ decision on the competition is final. No correspondence will be entered into.

20. The Promoter reserves the right to withhold the prize if, in the opinion of the judges, the quality of entries falls below the standard required (see point 18). Entries will be judged on the wildlife topic and creativity of the submission.

21. The winners will be notified by 5pm on 24 June 2015 via email. There will be separate awards for Keystage 1, Keystage 2 and Keystage 3.

22. Entries may be featured on the BBC Wildlife website www.discoverwildlife.com.

23. A certificate will be posted to each school once they have been notified of their win.

24. See http://www.discoverwildlife.com/schools-digital-wildlife-award-terms-and-conditions-2015 for full terms and conditions. They should be read with the rules on this page as they both govern your entry. By submitting an entry you accept the rules and the T&Cs. 

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