Adobe seeks youth media projects about social change

Fourth annual Adobe Youth Voices Awards adds Venture category to mentor promising change-makers and fund their campaigns

youth-awardsThe Adobe Foundation announced its call for entries for the fourth-annual international Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) Awards. The AYV Awards recognizes insightful digital media projects created by youth ages 13 to 19 designed to drive awareness of important social issues around the world, such as the environment, human rights and self-image. Last year’s winning projects covered topics such as bullying, diversity, hunger, and human loss due to texting and driving.

The competition accepts entries in categories representing four visual storytelling methods: Documentary, Animation, Narrative and Visual Composition, which includes photography and graphic design. Winning projects will receive grants to support a nonprofit of their choice, hardware and Adobe software.

New this year is a fifth category, Venture, which is an invitation for five-minute video submissions that pitch a solution to a social problem. Youth are asked to propose a plan for implementing the solution over a year’s time and illustrate the expected impact. Venture winners will receive funding, hardware, Adobe software and mentorship from Ashoka’s Youth Venture to support the execution of their proposed plan.

Next page: Eligibility and requirements 

Laura Ascione

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