The Evening Standard has launched its Vlogstar Challenge for 2017, inviting young vloggers from across London and Essex to compete for £2,000, camera equipment and 1-2-1 training from YouTube.
The challenge, which is run by the newspaper in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation and Media Trust, as well as YouTube, is available to youth organisations and schools in London and Essex. To enter, groups can sign up for free one-day training sessions that will give young people the skills to make vlogs with their smartphones, covering shooting, lighting, editing and sound.
Bookings are now being taken up until 10th June 2017, including weekdays and weekends, with slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. During the training workshop, each young person will be able to produce a vlog to submit into the competition – and can submit a further video in the two weeks following their training.
“In order for the training to take place, we will require 20 to 80 young people per training. If you feel like this is too high a number, please state this on your application form and we will discuss other options,” explains the organisation. “Media Trust will host a limited number of workshops that will combine smaller groups.”
The content will also hold a limited number of open workshops for individuals, although they must be connected to an organisation working with 16-25 year olds.
At the end of June 2017, the winner will be picked from all the submissions and unveiled at a grand final. Last year’s ceremony was held at London’s BAFTA HQ, with Abigail Holsborough, 23, winning the prize for Confessions of an Advertising Intern.
The only catch? The £2,000 prize will go to the winner’s school or youth group, along with the production equipment worth £500. Mentoring will also be offered with an expert in the new King’s Cross YouTube Space.
For more information, see www.vlogstarchallenge.com.