Monday, February 25, 2008

Digies Competition

Announcing the 6th Annual Digies Competition.

This is a great opportunity to showcase and share some of the exceptional digital work being created by O'Neill's student. If you are interested in participating, make sure you read the guidelines below, and then see Mrs. Morrow ( or Mr. Peterson ( sometime before the deadline.



Sixth Annual Apple Nebraska Digital Media Competition

Apple is hosting the Sixth Annual Nebraska Digital Media Competition, the "Digies". We intend to showcase the best digital media work by the K-12 students in Nebraska. We will have many digital categories and two age groups for the competition. The open category is for those projects that may not fit in one of the other categories. All of the time limits and other restrictions apply to the open category as well.

Please note that students may only enter one entry per category.

And the categories are:

Best Senior Video, Highlight Video, Yearbook or other Group Related Video
Best Informational, Persuasive, or Curriculum Related Video
Best Community/State/Tourism Promotional Video (your chance to promote your community, state or favorite local destination)
Best Comedy Video
Best Digital Music Composition
Best Digital Animation
Best Digital Still Image (Photoshop, Freehand or other graphics application)
Best Digital Still Picture (image from a digital camera)
Open (this category will help with those projects that don't fit the above categories)

Due to the small number of entries over the past few years there will be no educator categories this year.

Each category will have a K-6 and a 7-12 winner.

Apple will be hosting an awards ceremony on Saturday, April 19th at a location to be determined.


A "Digie" will be awarded to each of the winners of the categories to
recognize their outstanding work. After all of the winners are announced, we
will place all of the winner's names in a hat to choose the grand prize

The Details:

Please Note that a new rule has been added this year. Each student or group will be allowed only one entry per category. For example - Susie can not enter 10 different pictures in the Digital Still Picture category. The student must choose their best work in a category and only submit that entry. Susie can still enter one entry in every category if she chooses to. Classes can still have multiple entries in the same category, but the same team or student can not enter more than one entry in a category.

All projects must be submitted between February 12th and March 21st, 2008. The entry address and any necessary forms or instructions will be posted as the deadline approaches. We will be using the web based submission system again this year. No entries will be accepted after March 23rd.

Each entry must be 10 minutes or less and must list a teacher/sponsor and the school name.

Although there is no limit to the number of people on a team, teams are encouraged to keep their numbers small to keep the prize meaningful.

Apple will have right to use any of the projects submitted as part of this contest for a period of five years.

All works must be entirely original works.


Any submissions with copyrighted material will be disqualified. Submissions with copyrighted material with a letter of permission will not be accepted. We want this to be original student work. Background music and sound effects from tools such as Garage Band, Sound Track, or SmartSound will be accepted.


The Apple team will function as initial judges to pare down the projects to the top three to five entries in each category. The groups or individuals chosen by the Apple judges will be notified that they have made the first cut. We will then pass the top projects in each category to local judges from related industries such as TV, advertising agencies, universities, video production services etc... These judges will choose the top entry in each category and those will be announced as the "Digie" winner at the Awards Ceremony.

Thanks and Good Luck

Mark, Janet, Jeff, Jessica and the rest of the Apple Nebraska team

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