Water Conservation Video Contest

2024 Video Contest 

Contest Theme: 

The Future is So Bright, We're Gonna Need Shade (Trees) 

Urban trees provide us with vital environmental, economic, and health benefits. In our warming and drought-prone climate, it is important to care for these shade-providing plants in a climate-smart way. Water conservation around our communities, schools, and homes is important, but because trees are often large and established, they can be overlooked as a plant that needs extra care and water during dry seasons. 

How can we best care for our neighborhood trees, with water conservation in mind, so they can care for us into the future?

Video length: 45 seconds

About the Contest 

Water Conservation Programs of City of Calistoga, City of Napa, Town of Yountville, City of St. Helena, City of American Canyon, Napa County Napa County Resource Conservation District, and Napa Sanitation District are sponsoring a video contest for 9th - 12th grade students in Napa County. Contest sponsors are looking for creative videos that address this year's theme. Students should strive to make videos that are entertaining and informative. Let your imagination go wild. Carefully review the entry guidelines before completing your project.

The winning video will be used as a public service announcement (PSA) and shown at the Century Napa Valley movie theater. The winner will also receive a $1,500 cash prize! The second place winner receives a $1,000 cash prize. The third place winner receives a $500 cash prize.

Visit https://californiareleaf.org/programs/saveourtrees/, https://saveourwater.com/ and https://napa.watersavingplants.com/ for information on water conservation and tree care, and other water-wise tips. 


  • 9th – 12th grade students in Napa County. Entries can be submitted by an individual or team.
  • One entry per person or team.
  • All contestants must have parent/guardian consent to participate.

Entry Guidelines 

  • By entering, you grant Napa RCD and City of Napa non-exclusive ownership of the video, meaning that we can use it on our social media, website, or elsewhere, but you can also continue to use it.

  • Videos must mention the action of conserving water and address the theme.

  • Videos must be 45 seconds in length (no more) and be appropriate for all ages.
  • Student(s) may use a smart phone to film the video.
  • If your video includes a language other than English, please provide English subtitles in the video, or English translation via email to Danielle@NapaRCD.org (Note: Translations don’t have to be 100% accurate, but enough to understand in English. Google Translate is fine to use.)
  • Videos may not use copyrighted images or music.
  • Videos must not infringe on the privacy or personal rights of any person or deceased person.

Submission Instructions - DEADLINE is 4 PM, Monday, May 20, 2024

Student submissions must include the follow two items:

  • Videos submitted to Dropbox in a .mov, .mp4, or .avi file.
  • SIGNED ENTRY FORM, screenshot or scanned copy, submitted to Dropbox with video.  *If multiple students are involved in the making of the film, each participant must submit separate entry forms including all group members' names and specifying which film title they are associated with. 
  • Make sure the video title is in the file name of both the video and entry form uploads.

Video Contest Entry Form (PDF) 

Entry Deadline: 4 PM, Monday, May 20, 2024

Judging Criteria

Videos will be judged by a panel of experts from a variety of disciplines using the following criteria:

  • Video follows the contest theme
  • Video is accurate
  • Video empowers the audience to take action to conserve water
  • Video is exactly 45 seconds 
  • Audio and technical construction is clear and of high quality
  • Video is entertaining, creative and original
  • Contest entry form is filled out properly and includes a creative title


Winners will be notified via email by June 6th, 2024. If submitted as a team, prize must be split equally among team members. Only students who worked on a winning video will be notified directly via email.

Student Prizes

1st Place - $1,500

2nd Place - $1,000

3rd Place - $500

Teacher Prizes

3 teachers' names will be drawn at random to win $200 cash. 



For more about the contest, contact Danielle Ashton: 707-690-3125 or Danielle@NapaRCD.org


2023 Winners - Note, this contest did not use the TikTok platform

1st place: Save Water Me-Now, Lydia Zhou (American Canyon High School)

2nd place: Water Conservation 101, Sophie Stone and Anika Ewig (Vintage High School)

3rd place: Water You Waiting For?, Giselle Mylen Hinahon (American Canyon High School)

2022 Winners - TikTok Video Contest

Theme: Conserve Water, Not Just for Us OR Be Water Wise

1st Place: Water Smarter, Kaliq Khan, Tanner Low, Jamie Pope (Vintage High School)

2nd Place: Things You Can Do to Conserve Water, Brandon Tennant (Vintage High School)

3rd Place: Conserving Water: Landscape Edition, Sofia Lopez, Susana Nuno (Vintage High School) 

2021 Winners - Note, this contest and all previous contests did not use the TikTok platform

Theme: Imagine Our Water-Wise Future

1st Place: No Water No Future, Ava Dominguez, Sophie Gonsier, Giulia Guerrera, Keira Prouty (Napa High School)

2nd Place: Ryleigh's Water-Wise Future, Kaeleigh Rogerson

3rd Place: Conserve our Water for a Brighter Future, Abygail Sims

2020 Winners

Theme: I Save Our Water Because...

1st Place: We All Live Down River, Giulia Guerrera (Napa High School) and Marie Dolcini (Mom!)

2nd Place: Conserve for the Future, Vintage High School Thirst Project

2019 Winners

Theme: Water in a Changing Climate

1st PlaceSarah Carelton & Emma Wallenbrock -Water in a Changing Climate (Napa High School)

2nd Place- Martin Arriaga- Small Steps to Conserve Water (Napa High School)

3rd Place- Itzi Padilla- You Can Save Water by Doing a Little Thing (American Canyon High School)

2018 Winners

Theme: Never Enough to Waste
1st Place - Kai Matthiasson & Ilenna Brown (Napa High School) Conservation Conversation

2nd Place - Fryl Chelzea Dela Cruz (American Canyon High School) Never Enough to Waste

3rd Place - Chanelle Mayrix Roces & Marvic Vivo (American Canyon High School) Wasted on the Way

2017 Winners

Theme: Reimagine your yard - Conserving water outdoors

1st Place - Sarah Lippmann, Andrew Raymond, Elena Ingram (Napa High School) View here
2nd Place - Eliana Matteo, Mary Manuta, Matthew Rico (American Canyon High School) View here
3rd Place - Madison Edmeyer, Mo Gottfried, Hannah Sigourney (Napa High School) View here 

2016 Winners

Every Drop Counts  Water Conservation as the new normal for California

1st Place    Joshua Padilla, Jackie Salinas, Yarra Bolla, Edna Santos (American Canyon HS) View here

2nd Place   Luis Buenaventura (American Canyon HS) View here

3rd Place    Julionna Robinson, Ernesto Garcia, Chezlaine Barrero, John Dizon (American Canyon HS) View here


Learn More about Water Conservation

Visit the WICC Water Conservation webpage to find out about conservation programs where you live.