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The 2021 NALMS Student Video Series competition will begin June 15, 2021 and close October 15, 2021. Two contests will be offered, one for students in the United States (U.S.) and one for students in Canada (CAN). Prizes will be awarded separately for each of the two contests and the winning videos will be used for supporting proposed initiatives aimed at improving lake monitoring, management, and protection nationwide at the national level.

Full Video Contest Guidelines


Prizes

Videos from students in the U.S. and CAN will be evaluated separately per the guidelines for each contest.

The video receiving FIRST PLACE in either the U.S. or CAN contest will receive:

  • Visa gift card for $500 USD, which supports travel to the NALMS Symposium (must be used within two years)
  • Free one-year student NALMS membership

The video receiving SECOND PLACE in either the U.S. or CAN contest will receive:

  • Free one-year student NALMS membership

The video receiving THIRD PLACE in either the U.S. or CAN contest will receive:

  • Free one-year student NALMS membership

Student teams who submit a video that places must choose the team lead whom the annual membership will go. In addition to the first, second, and third place prizes, the Fan Favorite video (of all submitted videos) will be selected during a special virtual session during the NALMS Symposium 2021. The winner of the Fan Favorite video will be awarded $50 USD.


Contestant Requirements

Contestants must be pursuing a degree in high school (secondary), undergraduate, or graduate studies related to lake science and/or management. Videos may be submitted by an individual or group of students. Videos submitted by a team of students must acknowledge all team members with the team lead designated as the first author in the final credits of the video.


Submission details

The submission deadline is October 15, 2021, at 5:00 pm Eastern.

  • Videos must be formatted and uploaded as “unlisted” videos to a user page of YouTube (.mp4 file format), with edited captions. The link to the video must be submitted via email to the NALMS Student Director (student@nalms.org) with the following information in the email:
    • (1) full names and academic institution for student(s) submitting video
    • (2) contact information for student lead
    • (3) link to YouTube page where the video can be viewed
    • Signed Release Form for each participant as a PDF attachment. (Required for ALL entries!)

For instructions on how to create and upload an unlisted video in YouTube, please view the instructional video by Graphitas.

View full contest guidelines here.


Past Winning Videos

Lake Management
Submitted by Chris Maier
SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
Submitted by Chris Maier
SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY

Limnology in Winter
Submitted by Monica Matt & Samantha Carey
SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY

Aquatic Invasive Species
Submitted by Nicholas Macelko
Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Macrophytes
Submitted by Linda Ivey & Richie Gray
Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL
Lake Stratification & Mixing
Submitted by Alexa Tumbarello & Sonja Wixom
SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY
How to Take a Secchi Depth
Submitted by Leah Gorman
SUNY Oneonta, Cooperstown, NY

Check out all of these videos and more on NALMS YouTube channel!