Teens Drive Smart announces winners for 2013 video contest [VIDEOS]

Teens Drive Smart  recently announced the 3 winners for it's 2013 video contest.

Driving is Beautiful

nicole ricketts

The 1st place winner went to “Driving is Beautiful” by Nicole Ricketts.  Congrats to Nicole on winning the grand prize $25,000 dollar scholarship.  Currently she is a Junior at Hope International University and studies business administration.  “My passion is everything video, photo, graphic design, live production, tech and art. When I’m not staring at a computer screen, I can never get enough of the outdoors.” said Nicole.

Technically Almost Legal

The 2nd runner up in the Teens Drive Smart contest went to Tosh Chambers for his video “Technically Almost Legal.”  Tosh is a student at the University of Pittsburgh and studies environmental geology and film.  He received a $15,000 scholarship.

Safe Driver

The 3rd runner up went to Natalie Barrios, a student at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Natalie is studying in English with a minor in Film Studies. “I’ve always had a passion for both writing and film, and with the help of close friends I was able to learn my way around a camera and editing software.” commented Natalie.  Natalie won a $10,000 scholarship for her video.

Times to Not Text

This year the was also a Critic's Choice which went to Martha Levytsky for “Times to Not Text.”  Martha is originally from Lviv, Ukraine but moved to the US with her family when she was 4 years old.  “My discovery of and passion for filmmaking evolved not long after when I discovered movies like Jurassic Park and Robocop that filled my childhood with dreams of what I could create with moving pictures.” said Martha about her love for making movies.  Martha currently a student at Sarah Lawrence College studying, you guessed it, film and she hopes to continue to study film-making in graduate school.  Martha won a $2,500 scholarship from Bridgestone.

Over 1,800 video submissions and 8,000 votes later these are the top finalists that were chosen by Bridgestone's judges.  I think all these videos were quite creative and well thought out.  At least this is probably better than what I could have done.  I am impressed to with how the videos seem to get more and more refined  and professional each year.  Amber Cullen won the contest in 2011 and you can watch the video here.

All 10 finalists  received a set of 4-brand new Bridgestone or Firestone tires for their efforts.  (Ask for the top-of-the-line Bridgestone Potenzas if they will give them to you.)

Bridegstone has been running this contest for a few years.  Originally it was called Safety Scholars.  Last year though it was called Teens Drive Smart 2012.

What do you think of these videos for that won the 2013 Teens Drive Smart contest?  Did they deserve to win?  What do you like or not like about them?

2012 Teens Drive Smart Video Contest Wants You to Win $50,000 in College Scholarships

Teens Drive Smart Video Contest

Bridgestone recently opened up submissions for their 2012 Teens Drive Smart Video Contest. This contest gives students the chance to showcase their creative movie making skills, while trying to grab part of $50,000 in college scholarships Bridgestone is giving away.

The Teens Drive Smart Video Contest is looking for short automotive safety-themed videos, which encourages drivers to make good decisions behind the wheel. A good example for a theme would be “Don't text while driving.” (Something I am sure you don't do… right?)

Students who are between the ages 16-21 years old are eligible to enter. If you want to submit a video to be judged by Bridgestone the deadline is June 22nd, 2012.

After receiving the video submissions Bridgestone will have a panel of judges determine the Top 10 videos. These Top 10 will then be posted on Youtube, so the public can vote on on their favorites.  The three videos that receive the most votes will win the coveted scholarships; The Grand Prize winner will receive $25,000; second place receives $15,000 and third place receives $10,000. Not too bad if you ask me!

The scholarships are not the only prize in the competition. The Grand Prize winner will have their video air on the MTV Jumbotron in Times Square in New York City during August. Just try to imagine the awesomeness of your video up on a Jumbotron!

Also, the Top 10 Finalists of the contest will have the chance to have their video used as a public service announcement (PSA) on television stations across the United States.  In addition they will receive a new set of four Bridgestone or Firestone branded tires.

If you are interested in submitting a video, keep in mind your submission should make viewers be more more safety-conscious when using their vehicles. In addition the video should effectively and creatively communicate the message you are trying to get across.  Last year's winner Amber Cullen won with her video, “The Phone Bandit.”  You can also view last prior's winners via Teens Drive Smart website to get a better idea of what you should do for your video.

Each year the videos get more creative, fun, and interesting. I assume this year's contest won't be any different.

I am not eligible for this contest, but if I were I would try to use something crazy and fun.  Like my talented singing dogs! (We even made an appearance on Anderson with Anderson Cooper at Lincoln Center! :))

Anyway, try to remember it’s not just about getting a scholarship for college but helping make people more aware of dangerous driving habits. Your video can potentially create safer drivers on our roads.

For more info and to submit a video visit: http://www.teensdrivesmart.com

TeensDriveSmart.com Road Show Rally Contest

Have you been trying to raise awareness at your school about safe driving habits?  Well then you might be interested in TeensDriveSmart.com Road Show Rally Contest.  What is the Road Show Rally?  The Rally is Teen's Drive Smart spin on a driving safety event.  It will include a road safety quiz game for the whole school, special guests, tire checks, and a $5000 grant for your school.

To enter you must create a video between 30 seconds – 2 minutes.  The videos do not need to be flashy, cinematic masterpieces but should show why your school deserves or is need of a driving safety event.  Maybe talk about some project your school has been working on to improve awareness or something you have been trying to get together yourself.  If your school has been unable to find a viable way to host an event themselves, explain why.  Express the desire and interest you or your school has for hosting the event.

Any students between the ages of 16-21 that attend a high school, college, university, community college, or trade school are eligible to enter.  Multiple entries from students from the same school are allowed!  Videos will be judged on a basis of three factors: creativity, poignancy, and need.  Once videos are uploaded they will be posted on Teens Drive Smart website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel.

Even if you don't win the Grand Prize Road Show Rally and $5,000 grant for your school, two runners up will receive $2,500.  So a total of $10,000 is up for grabs!  The money is for promoting and educating students on safe driving habits at those students respective schools.

The contest ends on October 7th, 2011 and the Winners will be announced on October 11th.  Get out those video cameras and make a video!