Water Spots Video Contest

Introducing the 2022 Water Spots Video Contest

The Water Spots video contest is designed to spread the word about water efficiency through the talents of high school and middle school-aged film makers in the Sacramento region. Sponsored by the Regional Water Authority (RWA) and local water providers, each year the contest challenges students with a real-life project: Create a 30-second public service video that educates and motivates the public to use water efficiently and stop water waste according to a select theme.

The 2022 Water Spots theme is: WHEN IN DROUGHT…

Prizes for Students

$50 Amazon Gift Card for the Top Scoring Video at Each School

The top scoring video from each school will win a $50 Amazon gift card (minimum eligibility is five valid entries per school; Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice winners not eligible).

 Cash Prizes for Winning Videos

If your video receives the most online votes (People’s Choice) or receives top scores from our panel of community leaders (Judge’s Choice), you will receive a cash prize:

  • People’s Choice winner(s) (determined by online voting)—$250
  • Judge’s Choice First place winner(s)—$250
  • Judge’s Choice Second place winner(s)–$150
  • Judge’s Choice Third place winner(s)—$100

Grand Prize

If your video is selected as a Judge’s Choice or People’s Choice winner, it will be eligible to win the Grand Prize: One video will be selected to premiere on the big screen and run for a month at local movie theaters during summer 2022*.

 Prizes for Teachers

$100 Amazon Gift Cards for Sponsoring the Most Students

The three teachers that submit the most videos will each receive a $100 Amazon gift card (minimum eligibility is 10 videos per teacher). In addition, teachers receive prize money for sponsoring winning videos.

Cash Prizes for Sponsoring Winning Videos

  • People’s choice winner—$250
  • First place winner—$250
  • Second place winner—$150
  • Third place winner—$100

The deadline to receive entries is Friday, March 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

 * PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unprecedented circumstances and disruption presented by the COVID-19 emergency, RWA has updated the 2022 Official Rules to include an indemnification statement that releases RWA from liability arising out of or relating to a student’s participation in the contest and provides RWA with flexibility to adjust the Contest timeline and grand prize (screening in a movie theater) as needed due unforeseen circumstances.

 Download the Information Packet

Full Packet (all documents)

Must-Read Materials for Students

Required Form

Additional Helpful Materials

 Any questions? Contact Chris at WaterSpotsContest@gmail.com or (916) 416-7367.


Sacramento-Area Resources

  • “Living Rivers” Student Supplement: This 20-page digital supplement explains the importance of rivers to us and our region. Rivers provide habitat for many plants and animals. People depend on rivers as a source of food, drinking water, transportation, hydroelectric power and irrigation for agricultural fields.
  • Virtual lessons from your local water provider: Many local water providers are offering virtual classroom visits to explore where local water supplies come from, how water gets to your tap, and ways to use water wisely. Contact your local water provider for details.

California- and U.S.-Focused Materials

 For more information or questions, please contact Chris Perry or Christine Kohn, Water Spots Outreach Coordinators, at WaterSpotsContest@gmail.com or (916) 416-7367.

Sponsored by the Regional Water Authority (RWA) and local water providers, the Water Spots Video Contest challenges students with a real-life project: Create a 30-second public service video that educates and motivates the public to use water efficiently and stop water waste. Videos from past winners are available on the Be Water Smart YouTube channel.