Lights... Camera... Loggers! 125th Anniversary Video Contest

Calling all moviemakers!

Current students, Logger alumni, parents, and faculty and staff members are invited to enter the 125th Anniversary Video Contest. Who knows Puget Sound better than you? Help us celebrate the university's 125th anniversary by creating a short film that captures the spirit of Puget Sound. Filmmakers of all levels welcome. Grab your camcorder—or your cell phone—and get filming!

Videos must include the following:

  • The phrase "to the heights" (that's the translation of the Greek in the university seal!)
  • The number 125
  • A reference—visual, verbal, or otherwise—to the Logger hatchet

All videos must be less than four minutes in length, including titles and credits, and suitable for all viewing audiences. Submissions containing libel or slanderous content will be automatically disqualified.

Video Submissions

Submitted videos may be posted to the Puget Sound YouTube channel; featured on the university website, 125th anniversary website, or in anniversary materials; and/or shared via the university's social media platforms.

Submissions should include:

  • DVD with a high-quality version of the film for large-screen viewing and a lower-quality version for the Web. Acceptable file formats: .mov, .mp4, and .wmv
  • Completed and signed contest entry form.
  • Completed and signed contest release form.

Submissions are due Dec. 14, 2012, and should be sent to:

125th Anniversary Video Contest
c/o Office of Communications
1500 N. Warner St. #1041
Tacoma, WA 98416-1041


A panel of judges will review videos that meet all submission requirements based on the following criteria: video quality, visual appeal, appropriateness, creativity, and storytelling ability. Awards will be given in various categories based upon the submission pool. Check back later this fall to meet our celebrity judges!


Prizes will be awarded in several categories to videos selected by our panel of judges—plus one special People’s Choice Award, selected by popular vote online—and include a Logger athletics season pass, registration and accommodations for Summer Reunion Weekend for two, a cash prize, and more!

The People's Choice Award vote will take place on YouTube. Qualifying videos will be uploaded to the 125th Anniversary Video Contest playlist on the university's YouTube channel in January 2013. Voting will be judged by the number of "likes" each video receives, and the winner will be named as part of the anniversary celebration.

Watch for more details about contest prizes and winner announcements in January!

Need a camera? Editing software?

Did you know that the educational technology team in Technology Services offers equipment loaners to students, faculty, and staff? Reserve a camcorder or Flipcam to make your video. The team also supports the Digital Media Lab, where you can edit your video. If you haven't used video editing software before, team members can help you navigate the software and offer tips and tricks to make your video shine.

Alumni and family filmmakers wanted, too!

Not on campus? Not a problem! You can make a great 125th anniversary video, wherever you are. Logger alumni and parents are encouraged to enter.

Questions? Check out the 125th Anniversary Video Contest table when you check in at Homecoming & Family Weekend, Oct. 26–28!

Edit your video on your smartphone

Who says you need fancy equipment to film and edit a winning video? Whether you don't have easy access to a camcorder or simply feel your iPhone best expresses your creativity, you can do a lot with a cell phone these days. Capture your short film on your mobile, and use these great video-editing apps (recommended by Mashable) to create a masterpiece!