Rural video competition 2021
Rural video competition
Submissions for the 2021 rural video competition open Tuesday 20 April and close midnight Sunday 30 May.
About the competition
Help inspire the next generation of doctors to become rural GPs in NSW. Tell them (and the world) about the benefits of a career in rural general practice in NSW in a 1-3 minute video.
The video could be a short story, a documentary, interview/s, an original poem or music, even an animation or series of photographs. It can be funny, serious or educational. It might feature one or several NSW town/s (just make sure they are rural, defined as MMM3-7).
The best videos will be used to promote rural general practice in NSW to doctors and students through GP Synergy's promotional platforms. Prizes will be awarded for first place ($3,000) and second place ($1,500).
Submissions for the 2021 competition open Tuesday 20 April and close midnight Sunday 30 May.
Who can participate?
Entry is open to:
- current GP Synergy registrars
- GP Synergy registrars that fellowed in 2021
- accredited GP Synergy supervisors
- practice managers of an accredited GP Synergy training facility and who have a GPRime account with GP Synergy.
Judging and prizes
Entries go into the competition to win:
- first prize - $3,000
- second prize - $1,500.
Videos will be assessed by a judging panel who will consider:
- authenticity, creativity and presentation
- how well the benefits of a career in rural general practice in NSW are promoted
- how well the video may inspire students and doctors to consider a career in general practice in rural NSW.
The judges may disqualify a film if it does not comply with the competition guidelines or the Terms and Conditions.
See the winners of the 2020 competition here.
- The content in your film (including footage, interviews etc.) should be largely your own. Non-original content must carry appropriate attribution. Entries containing any unauthorised content (such as music) will be disqualified. Please see below regarding privacy waivers and music copyright.
- Videos can be made using smartphones (see our tips for using a smartphone below), video cameras, image or animation applications.
- Videos must be between 1-3 minutes in duration.
- All entrants are required to submit a separate Video Release Form, for each person who is identifiable in the video (including parental consent if the relevant person is under the age of 18). Video Release Forms must be submitted electronically with the entry.
- Please use the GP Synergy Video Release Form Template.
- Many musical tracks require permission and a licence from the copyright owners of the musical work. For more information on music copyright and licensing visit APRA AMCOS.
- There are a number of websites and apps that provide free or low-cost music where a licence may not be required (each website outlines if attribution is required), these include:
- Videos must be uploaded in the file format of Window Media (.wmv), Quicktime (.mov) or MPEG-4 (.MP4)
- Videos should not exceed 150MB.
- During the submission period, all videos must be submitted using the online entry form (below).
- All fields on the entry form must be completed and your video uploaded in accordance with the technical specifications described.
- If you have any questions, or are having trouble submitting your entry online, please contact: Kerryn Stephens Kerryn_stephens@gpsynergy.com.au or 1300 477 963.
7 tips for making videos using a smartphone
- Don’t shoot vertical video – make sure you hold the smartphone horizontally.
- Use a tripod – if your smartphone has built-in optical image stabilization that will go some way to reducing shake, but if you want your video to look professional use a tripod. If you don’t have a tripod, try and either use your body to stabilise the camera or rest your elbows somewhere stable.
- Capture the detail – don’t use the digital zoom unless you have a dual-lens smartphone. Unlike an optical lens if you’re using a digital zoom you’re just enlarging the picture digitally so the image quality will suffer significantly. Moving closer to your subject is the best solution.
- Light your video – make sure you have adequate lighting. Don’t rely on the flash on your smartphone as it isn’t comparable to external light sources.
- Use the exposure lock to avoid the smartphone adjusting and refocusing as you shoot your video.
- If you’re conducting an interview, or your video requires clear audio, make sure your microphone is as close to your subject as possible. Other options include using an external microphone or recording audio on a second smartphone. A simple clap will allow you to synchronise the video and audio.
- Editing – it’s very hard to shoot video in a single take. Make sure you get a variety of shots – wide and close-up, different angles etc. There are many smartphone apps to edit video on your phone (e.g. iMovie, Vizmato or Cyberlink PowerDirector), but you don’t have to edit your video on your smartphone, you can export the video and edit it on your desktop computer, there are numerous video editing applications available (e.g. Animotica and Movie Maker 10).
Once the 2021 competition is announced you can submit your video using the form below. If you have any problems submitting your video, contact Kerryn Stephens on email@example.com or 1300 477 963.