Water Conservation Video Contest

2020 Video Contest: I Save Our Water Because...

Congratulations to the 2020 contest winners!

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

Check this site again next spring for details about the 2021 Contest!


More about the 2020 Contest:

With our highly variable year-to-year precipitation, water conservation is a way of life in California. Our State Constitution even forbids water waste, and new laws will soon set community water use targets. But why do YOU think we should save water?

Water Conservation Programs of City of Calistoga, City of Napa, Town of Yountville, City of St. Helena, City of American Canyon, Napa County and Napa County Resource Conservation District are sponsoring a video contest for high school students and all-ages groups with at least one child as member ("families") of Napa County. The winning video will be used as a public service announcement (PSA) at Century Napa Valley Theatre when it reopens. The winner(s) will also receive a $100 gift certificate to the Theatre!

Videos should focus on communicating the message: I Save our Water Because....Contest sponsors are looking for creative videos that share personal stories of why students and families care about saving water. Students and families can create a newscast, skit, animation, commercial, reality television show, or even a music video. Let your imagination go wild. Carefully review the following documents before completing your project.

Contest Guidelines (PDF) [Guidelines focus on student entries, same rules apply to other entries]

Video Contest Entry Form (PDF) [Entry form focuses on student entries, same information needed for other entries]

For more information about the contest, contact Ashley Kvitek: 707-252-4189 x3117 or Ashley@NapaRCD.org


All-ages groups with at least one child as team member. Entries can be an individual (if individual is 18 or younger) or team. Limit one entry per person or team. All 9th - 12th grade students enrolled in high school in Napa County.

Entry Guidelines 

  • The video must be exactly 30 seconds in length. Videos over 30 seconds in length will be disqualified. No professional assistance or use of copyright material is allowed. Such use will result in an automatic disqualification.
  • Videos (.mov, .mp4, or .avi files) AND Entry Forms must be submitted to Dropbox by 5 pm on Friday, May 22, 2020.
  • Contestants must submit a signed Entry Form (one form for EACH person involved in video) along with the video. Submit form to Dropbox account. Photos or scans of entry forms are acceptable (e.g. JPG or PDF files).
  • Contestants must name the video file and entry form file with their full name (e.g. JemmaWilliams.mov and JemmaWilliams.jpg).

Judging Criteria

  • Video follows the contest theme
  • Video is accurate
  • Video empowers the audience to take action to conserve water
  • Video is exactly 30 seconds and is submitted as a .mov, .mp4, or .avi file
  • 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


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.