Moneymaker: Green Video

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Do you have a camera and a passion to help the environment? Want to get paid to do it? Here are three green video contests, in chronological order by their deadline dates, that all eco-savvy videographers need to check out. So grab your camera, laptop, and sense of environmental advocacy and get out there, because as this first competition tells us, “The planet needs a good publicist.”

:60 Seconds to Save the Earth

Current TV and the Alliance for Climate Protection are looking for 15-, 30- or 60-second “climate crisis ecospot[s]” that either show someone taking action to alleviate the climate crisis or motivate others to do so. Allowing for a lot of creative freedom, the contest site offers entrants audio and video assets as well as a number of excellent ecospot examples. The contest boasts a bevy of celebrity judges, including Cameron Diaz, George Clooney, and Orlando Bloom, as well as some advertising heavyweights. The judges will select the 20 semi-finalists which will then be voted on by the public.

The grand prize is a Toyota Hybrid Highlander. The second-place winner will get a Sony Bravia HDT, third place gets a Sony Vaio notebook, the fourth-place prize is a Sony DVD system, while those that place fifth through twentieth win T-mobile Sidekicks. The top four winners will also have their spots featured on Current TV, MySpace’s Impact Channel, and the Alliance national campaign for climate protection. The deadline is Sept. 12.

Go Green Vespa Video Challenge

Vespa, makers of the iconic Italian scoooter, are asking you to get the word out about the environmental positives of driving one. The contest is looking for 15-second to 2-minute videos extolling the “ecological, economic, and personal satisfaction” of Vespa ownership, an idea Vespa calls “Vespanomics.” The competition offers entrants a lot of tools and information to include in up to five video entries.

Prizes for the top three winners are Vespas (or descending pimpedness); winners who place fourth through tenth will receive Vespa jackets. The contest deadline is Oct. 15.

Keen Footwear’s Stand Contests

From the people who brought you sandals for the active lifestyle (no, not Teva and not Chaco), Keen brings you three separate contests as part of their HybridLife program, a showcase of individuals who “create possibilities, play outside and care for the environment.”

Stand Up is looking for “creative types” to enter a work focused on “sustainability, positive environmental change, and/or raising environmental awareness” in one of five categories: film, fine arts, journalism, design, and photography.

Stand Out, meanwhile, asks “outdoor athletes” to write about how their activity helps the environment.

And finally, Stand For wants activists to send in information, including video, detailing how their research or non-profit project will promote sustainability in the world.

In each contest a grand prize winner will win $25,000 while five additional runners-up will take home $5,000. The deadline is Dec. 31.

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