What's Your Story?

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can enter the competition?

What can I win?

I need music and images for my video, so what’s okay to use?

I have never made a video before, where do I start?

What language can I use in my entry?

Top reasons to participate

How to get started

What should I upload?

I am a teacher, can I upload multiple entries to the site?

I am a parent, can I upload multiple entries to the site?

What do I do after I upload my video? 

How will the video be judged?

When does the competition end?

How will I know if I’m a finalist or if I’ve won anything?

Who needs to register on the competition site?

Who do I contact for help?

Who can enter the competition?

The competition is open to  youths in Hong Kong aged 12-17 at the time you enter the competition.

You’ll have a chance to choose which one you’re entering when you submit your video. But here’s a bit more detail:

Two Categories:

  • School Track
  • Open Track

 Schools Track:

  • All participants in the same group are from the same school and applied through school.

Open Tracks:

  • All participants in the same group are from different schools
  • Must obtain a parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate.

What can I win?

There is one overall winner for each track and four runners-up. One active participation prize will be awarded to the school with the highest number of submissions.  That’s a total of HK$20,000!

  • Grand Prizes:
    • $5,000 for best entry from school track
    • $5,000 for best entry from open track
  • Runner-Up Prizes:
    • $3,000 to the entry group from school track
    • $3,000 to the entry group from open track
  • Second Runner-Up Prizes:
    • $1,500 to entry group from school track
    • $1,500 to the entry group from open track
  • Supreme active participation Prize for school (With highest number of submission):
    • $1,000 for the school

What should my video be about?

Your 2 minute video must answer this question:

  “How have you kept yourself safe online during the pandemic?”

This year, we saw a major disruption in the way we work, learn and socialize online. The whole world has been forced to go digital in most unimaginable ways. We should be aware of a completely new set of potential cyber risks. We’re really interested to know your suggestions on protecting yourselves from those risks; we want to know your story.

“How have you kept yourself safe online during the pandemic?”

Have an answer? Then grab a camera and tell us!

Be funny. Be dramatic. Be creative. Whatever you do, be real.

Create a video to answer this year’s question for a chance to win one of our great prizes. Use live action, stop action, animation, original music or none. Once your video is ready to be shared, get out there and spread your message far and wide. Promote it to your family, friends, classmates, communities and everyone you know!

Have an answer? Then tell us your story! The world needs to hear it.

I need music and images for my video, so what’s okay to use?

Respecting copyrights and others, means that you need permission to use other people’s music, company/brand logos, images and photos. Below are some good sites that might be helpful for you.

What language can I use in my entry?

All video entries must be in English, Cantonese or Mandarin.

Top reasons to participate

  1. Get seen – there are endless possibilities as to where your video could end up.
  2. Showcase your story-creation skills in a competition focused on shaping the way people use the Internet.
  3. Win cash prizes!
  4. Be part of a really important cause.

How to get started

  1. Read through the competition rules to make sure you’re eligible.
  2. Think about how you can integrate your submission into your existing personal or class work.
  3. Listen to what’s being said in the media, among your friends, and by experts about how people use the Internet. How much of this is the truth?  Are these discussions helping or hurting the cause of making the Internet a great place for everyone?
  4. Talk to your friends about the issues they see in using the Internet, social networks and technology devices.
  5. Plan out the video and make sure you address this year’s question. Videos will be judged on creativity, appropriateness and effectiveness.
  6. Decide on your promotion plan. Create your video and get the word out there – views matter in this competition.  It’s not enough to make a great film.  It’s important to be an advocate for your message too.
  7. Follow us on Facebook: TBD Instagram: TBD Twitter @ TBD and be part of the conversation using the hashtag #WYS2021

What should I upload?

Your video must be:

  • your own original work
  • submitted in one of the following formats: .wmv, .mov or .mp4
  • a minimum of 30 seconds to a maximum of 2 minutes in length
  • a maximum of 100 MB in size.
  • respectful of copyrights and of others. Make sure you have permission to use other people’s music, company logos, images, or photos. For more tips on this, check out our Resources

I am a teacher, can I upload multiple entries to the site?

Yes, you can upload a maximum of 30 entries per class

I am a parent, can I upload multiple entries to the site?

Yes, you can upload a maximum of 3 entries

What do I do after I upload my video or poster?

Get the word out to your friends and family!  Winning this competition includes getting people to view your video, as well as the input of the judging panel. So don’t waste time. Once your video is up on the competition site, just get the word out however you usually do. The sooner the better!

Really important: You have to be logged onto the website to comment on entries. 

How will the video be judged?

Winning videos will be selected based on number of views, as well as scores assigned by an objective, independent panel of judges scoring on:

  • Creativity: style, message delivery, Execution (50%)
  • Appropriateness: on topic/theme (25%)
  • Effectiveness: clarity of message, persuasiveness (25%)

When does the competition end?

You must submit your video by 11:59:59 PM HKT on Feb 8, 2021.

People can view and comment on your video until 11:59:59 PM HKT on Feb 16, 2021

How will I know if I’ve won anything?

You will be contacted in late February 2021 if you are a winner.

Who needs to register on the competition site?

Anyone can view videos during the competition, but if you want to enter the competition or comment on someone else’s video, you need to register on the site directly or using social login.

Who do I contact for help?

Have a question not answered here, or a comment about the website or competition? Contact us.

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