Challenge Info

This contest and the voting period are now closed.

The deadline was February 15, 2013, 11:59 pm CST. Challenge winners were announced on March 21, 2013, the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. View the winning entries here.

Here’s what the challenge was all about:

It’s time to speak up on racism and discrimination in our society. It affects everyone, but ignoring it won’t make it go away.
Take the React to Racism Challenge. Tell us how racism has affected you and offer up some ideas on what we can do to end discrimination. Create a piece of writing, artwork or multimedia that captures your reaction and solution, and then visit our contest page to submit your piece. Vote for your favourite and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
After the contest closes, our judges will choose one grand prize and one runner up from each of the three submission categories: writing, artwork and multimedia. First and second place category winner prizes of $500 and $300 will be awarded.

When can I submit?
The contest is open from 9:00 AM CST December 4, 2012 until 11:59 PM CST February 15, 2013.

Who can participate?
Manitoba residents aged 14 to 20. You can submit as an individual or as a group. You may only submit one entry.

Writing

What type of writing can I send in?
Choose the type of writing that works best for you. We accept written submissions in lots of different formats, including but not limited to short stories, essays, and poems.

What should I write about?
Write about your experiences. Share your own ideas about racial discrimination and how we can end it. Your submission should address one or both of these questions:

  • How has racism affected me?
  • How can we fight racism?

How long should my written submission be?
No longer than 1,000 words.

How do I send in my submission?

Online: Click here.

On CD/DVD via mail:
Attn: React to Racism Challenge
5th floor – 211 Bannatyne Ave
Winnipeg, MB
R3B 3P2

Artwork

What type of artwork can I send in?
We accept artwork including but not limited to paintings, photography, sketches, beadwork and sculpture. Choose what works best for you.

Submit a photo or electronic copy/file of your work. Submissions may be no larger than 3 MB, and must be formatted as .jpg, .gif, or .png.

NOTE: All work must be original and cannot contain copyrighted materials (example: brand logos, screen grabs, etc.) without permission.

And, you must have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your photo or video (or the consent of their parent or guardian if they are under 18).

If your work identifies a school, community centre or other organization, you must also have the consent of an authorized representative of the organization.

What should my artwork be about?
Your artwork should reflect your experiences and your own ideas about racial discrimination and how we can end it. Your submission should address one or both of these questions:

  • How has racism affected me?
  • How can we fight racism?

How do I send in my submission?

Online: Click here.

On CD/DVD via mail:
Attn: React to Racism Challenge
5th floor – 211 Bannatyne Ave
Winnipeg, MB
R3B 3P2

Multimedia

What type of multi-media submission can I send in?
We accept videos and audio recordings. Choose the style that works best for you, like documentary, photography, spoken word, song, monologue, or dance.

Audio submissions must be a maximum of 50 MB, and submitted in one of the following formats: MP3, M4A, WMA, WAV, MP4, AAC.

Video submissions must be a maximum of 500 MB and no longer than three minutes, and submitted via YouTube (Instructions) or uploaded directly in one of the following formats (for best results, use a 16 x 9 aspect ratio): MOV, MPEG, MPG, MP4, M4V, VOB, FLV, AVI, ASF, DIVX, WMV

NOTE: All work must be original and cannot contain copyrighted materials (example: screen grabs, music, video footage, etc.) without permission.

And, you must have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your photo or video (or the consent of their parent or guardian if they are under 18).

If your work identifies a school, community centre or other organization, you must also have the consent of an authorized representative of the organization.

What should the submission be about?
Your entry should reflect your experiences and your own ideas about racial discrimination and how we can end it. Your submission should address one or both of these questions:

  • How has racism affected me?
  • How can we fight racism?

How long should my submission be?
Your submission can be up to 3 minutes, and no more than 500 MB.

How do I send in my submission?

Online: Click here.

On CD/DVD via mail:
Attn: React to Racism Challenge
5th floor – 211 Bannatyne Ave
Winnipeg, MB
R3B 3P2

NOTE: If you are under 18, you will need a parent, legal guardian or school official to support your entry and fill out the submission form with you. Read the Challenge Rules here.

Are there prizes?
Yes! First and second place category winner prizes of $500 and $300 will be awarded in each of the three categories – Writing, Artwork and Multimedia.

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