Video Contest

Wel­come to the 1st Annual Study Abroad Video Contest!


The Iowa State Study Abroad Cen­ter Video Con­test is your chance to share your study abroad expe­ri­ence with the Iowa State com­mu­nity! The top video will be fea­tured on the Study Abroad Cen­ter web­site and awarded a $250 flight voucher! The dead­line for sub­mis­sion is August 15, 2016. Par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents should have stud­ied abroad August 2015 – August 2016.


- Max­i­mum 3 min­utes
– High­light the study abroad pro­gram
– Include at least one aca­d­e­mic, intern­ship, or uni­ver­sity related scene
– Use video footage, don’t make a photo slideshow
– Suit­able for dis­tri­b­u­tion
– Par­tic­i­pants must be Iowa State stu­dents who have stud­ied abroad dur­ing or between the Fall 2015 and Sum­mer 2016 semesters

How to Submit

All entries must be uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo. Please email Ben McK­el­fresh ( with a link to your video. After review by the Study Abroad Cen­ter, you will be given fur­ther information.

Terms and Conditions

You acknowl­edge you have the rights to all con­tent used to cre­ate your video. You give the Iowa State Uni­ver­sity Study Abroad Cen­ter per­mis­sion to use your sub­mis­sions in var­i­ous mar­ket­ing ini­tia­tives and/or the web for the pur­pose of pro­mot­ing study abroad. All sub­mis­sions will become prop­erty of the Iowa State Uni­ver­sity Study Abroad Cen­ter and may be used for the
pur­poses above.


1) Use a tri­pod. Shaky footage can ruin an amaz­ing moment, so find a way to mount your cam­era to some­thing steady (Goril­laPods can attach to many dif­fer­ent objects). If you don’t have a tri­pod, con­nect the cam­era to a sta­tion­ary object. Once you hit record, you should be able to take your hands away from the cam­era. If your shot is hand held, avoid mov­ing around while record­ing. Keep a steady hand and keep your sub­ject in the frame.
2) Shoot every­thing hor­i­zon­tally or in widescreen, espe­cially you iPhone video­g­ra­phers. That way in the edit­ing phase, you will not have to zoom in or deal with black side­bars.
3) Avoid pan­ning and zoom­ing! Your shots will be more appeal­ing if you let the action take place in front of the cam­era. Avoid using the “dig­i­tal zoom” fea­ture of your cam­era. This actu­ally degrades the res­o­lu­tion of the full video frame.
4) Be bold, cre­ative, and have fun! If you have to shoot 10 takes to get the per­fect shot, so be it! In the end you’ll be glad you did.

Watch more videos on the Iowa State Study Abroad Cen­ter Video channel!