2016 Education Contest


This contest is being sponsored by the Federation Post-Secondary Educators, the people who teach at BC’s Colleges and Universities.

We are inviting you to tell us YOUR story about post-secondary education, and we will be giving out fabulous prizes such as your rent paid for 1 year ($12,000), and many other prizes.

So tell us your story in any one of the following 4 categories:

  • How does post-secondary education transforms lives?
  • What are the financial challenges of being a student in post-secondary education?
  • Who inspired you in your post-secondary education?
  • What are the challenges of being a post secondary student in 2016?

Invites British Columbians to submit original stories about their post-secondary education experience.

Contest Period:

Sep. 15 - Nov. 1, 2016 (11:59pm)

Education Gala (the awards ceremony):

Nov. 17, 2016


1) Can anyone enter the contest?

We are seeking stories about post-secondary education from residents of BC (for at least 3 months) including students, past-students, family members, and others. Lucky for you, not every single person is eligible, so check out the rules and regulations for eligibility.

Simply tell us YOUR post-secondary education story. See details of how to enter. Will you be the winner?

2) What are the prizes?

The top prizes are Your Rent Paid for One Year ($12,000) and a one-week Holiday in the Sun (estimated at up to $4,500). But there are many more fun prizes. See the rules and regulations for details.

3) Who will win?

The winners will be those who relate the most compelling tales about their post-secondary education experiences. Be creative, and tell your story!

4) What are the main categories of the contest?

Entries should speak to one of the following four topics:

  • How does post-secondary education transforms lives?
  • What are the financial challenges of being a student in post-secondary education?
  • Who inspired you in your post-secondary education?
  • What are the challenges of being a post secondary student in 2016?
5) What is the Education Gala?

The contest will culminate in a large Education Contest Gala where awards will be handed out for the best stories. The Gala will be held in Greater Vancouver and streamed live across BC. Many local campuses outside of Greater Vancouver will hold local Education Gala parties to watch the results and celebrate any local winners.

6) Who will choose the award winners?

The contest will be adjudicated (by a panel of judges made up of faculty from across BC) to choose the best stories.

7) Why are we running the Education Contest?

We are hosting this contest to help students and families tell their personal education stories. As educators, our greatest concern is our students – how we can help them grow and thrive in the classroom and beyond. We want to help them tell their own stories about their priorities, the challenges they face, and the successes they have, because we believe in the value of public education. In turn, these stories will put human faces to the challenges and successes of post-secondary education.

How to Enter

To enter the contest, simply submit your entry in any of the four post-secondary education story categories using the form below.

Your entry can be a film, a written submission, or in another format of your choosing.

  1. Film entries: Film entries must be between one to three minutes in length, and shot using any format you prefer. They must be submitted as a Youtube link or a file upload, using the form below.

  2. Audio entriews: Audio entries should be between one and three minutes, and include a written description of up to 100 words.

  3. Written entries: Written entries can be any length, and written in any style you choose. Entries should be submitted as copied text in the form field below, and must be accompanied by an image related to your entry. The image could be a photo of yourself or an image related to your story.

  4. Image or photo entries: Image or photo entries can be submitted in any format, and must include a 100-word write-up.

Important details:

Help us choose the best contest prize winners by making it easy for us to understand what you are submitting to us.

We are asking each contest entrant to simply upload your entry, along with:

  • an accompanying 100-word description of your entry.
  • and an image that you want to represent your entry (could be a picture of you, your film, or another image).

Be creative and have fun and tell us YOUR story about post-secondary education in BC.

Filming Tips & FAQ

Making a great video isn’t difficult, and you don’t have to be a pro to do it.

The best films are honest, real, and creative. Just grab your camera, smartphone, or GoPro and tell your story!

Here are a few tips to help you make the best video you can:


Use any camera. We accept footage from smartphones, DSLRs, or any other modern device. Try a timelapse, use drone footage, or shoot POV -- be as creative as you like. (link to info about devices and formats).

Film horizontally. This is really important! Hold your camera or smartphone horizontally (landscape), not vertically (portrait).

Film anywhere. You can film at home, at work, or out in the world. Remember to get permission to film on private property.

Film anyone. Film yourself, your family, your friends, or even strangers (again, with permission!).

Think about the light. Don’t film in front of windows or other sources of bright light, unless you artistically want your subject to appear in silhouette.

Get good sound. It’s important that we can hear you. Try to avoid loud areas. Use a microphone, if you have one, to capture the best sound. Always get your microphone -- or your camera if you don’t have an external microphone -- as close to the speaker as possible for the clearest audio.

Keep your camera rolling. Keep your camera rolling for at least 3–5 seconds; try to avoid lots of zooming and panning.

Film in any language. Canada is a multilingual country. You are welcome to film in any language, or just let the pictures speak for themselves!

Filming FAQs

What format should my video be?

Please film your videos in high definition, 1280x720p or higher, and shoot in a fixed frame rate of 24 or 30 frames per second.

It is recommended that you upload your video in a format that corresponds with Youtube’s acceptable video formats to ensure that the judges can view it.


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The Open the Doors Education Contest is being held by the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (the “FPSE”). To be eligible to enter the contest and you must:

  1. Have a post-secondary (college or university) education experience to share;
  2. Be a resident of British Columbia for at least three months prior to November 1, 2016; and
  3. Be the age of majority in British Columbia (age 19) or have parental or guardian consent to participate in the Contest if the entrant is under the age of majority.
  4. If you enter the contest, you are eligible to win:

    1. One grand prize of a year’s worth of rent payments, up to $12,000.00.
    2. One gift certificate of approximately $4500.00 from W.E. Travel to book a vacation or other travel.
    3. Four additional prizes valued with an approximate value of $1,000.00 each.

    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY to enter the contest. To enter the contest, you need to submit ONE of the following:

    1. a one to three minute video;
    2. a one to three minute audio clip;
    3. a written story or novel with a photo; OR
    4. an image(s) or photo(s).

    When you are ready to upload, you must include a 100-word synopsis and an image or photo that represents your work.

    Your submission should be related to post-secondary education in British Columbia. You must submit an entry before the end of the contest on November 1, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. Contest entries must be submitted through the contest submission form on the www.openthedoors.ca website.

    Entries will be assessed by the FPSE based on criteria outlined in the Full Rules and Regulations. Winners will be selected by the FPSE within fourteen days after November 1, 2016.

    YOU MUST READ THE FULL CONTEST RULES AND REGULATIONS WHICH ARE AVAILABLE HERE PRIOR TO SUBMITTING AN ENTRY. In the case of any discrepancy between this summary of contest rules and the Full Contest Rules and Regulations, the Full Contest Rules and Regulations apply.