The Adobe Foundation today announced the launch of the Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Aspire Awards, a new online youth media competition and festival showcasing creative media from teens ages 13-18 worldwide.
The competition is calling for entries produced by teens who demonstrate creativity and skill in using video, print and/or audio to convey a perspective on issues important to them. Educators may submit work on behalf of youth who are invited to compete in eight categories – animation, documentary, music video, narrative video, poetry/experimental video, audio, graphic design and photography.
The top 20 finalists per category will be showcased online at http://youthvoices.adobe.com/awards on May 4. Public online voting for the Audience Choice Award in each category will run May 4-June 8. Winners will be announced on June 18.
Prize packages include: Adobe software, laptops provided by Dell, HD camcorders donated by Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Flip Mino HD video cameras and a grant. MTV Act, which celebrates young people who take action to make things better, will feature Aspire award winners at http://act.mtv.com/.
Winning youth producers will also have the opportunity to showcase their projects at partner film festivals, art galleries and exhibitions worldwide, including: Seattle International Film Festival, the Sarajevo Film Festival, Digital Arts Magazine, and more.
Entries will be received through April 20. Detailed information is available at http://youthvoices.adobe.com/awards/faq.