Student Video Contest : The Truth About PV
11 February 2013
The YSYE Video Contest "The Truth About PV" has officially started!
We wish good luck to our contestants, and look forward to seeing you all again in May for the online vote!
The Student Video Contest "The Truth About PV" is organised by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) and open to any student registered in a European school or university, aged at least 21 by the time the Contest ends (April 30th of 2013).
While PV enjoys widespread popular support in Europe, many myths and misconceptions still exist about the technology, in particular the ideas that:
- “PV is too expensive compared with conventional energy sources”
- “PV does not work if the sky is cloudy”
- “PV production creates more CO2 emissions than the technology saves when in use”
Even though solid evidence has long shown these misconceptions to be untrue, the myths remain, discouraging people from choosing solar and discouraging governments from consistently supporting the deployment of this technology as a viable alternative to conventional energy sources.
As a Europe-wide campaign, Your Sun Your Energy (YSYE) aims at raising awareness of PV among all European citizens, and encourages people from across the continent to play a role in fighting misconceptions about PV.
Contestants are required to shoot three video-clips to dispell each of the three identified myths (“PV is too expensive compared with conventional energy sources”, “PV does not work if the sky is cloudy”, “PV production creates more CO2 emissions than the technology saves when in use”) so as to try to win one of the Contest prizes:
- First prize: 1500 EUR
- Second prize: 1000 EUR
- Third prize: 500 EUR
A panel of professionals in Public Affairs and Communications will judge and nominate three entries as the best series. The three short-listed entries will then be submitted to an on-line vote via the Your Sun Your Energy Facebook page.
In addition to the financial prize, the winner of the Contest's first prize will be invited to take part in an event in Brussels where he/she will have the opportunity to present his/her movie-clips in front of Public Affairs and Communications professionals.
Find more information on the General Rules of the Contest.
The registrations for the contest are now closed. The deadline for Contest submissions is Tuesday 30 April 2013, and the online voting will take place in the course of May 2013. Stay tuned!