CDC Holds Anti-Violence Video Contest

Event is focused on the impact violence has on a community, and ways to prevent it
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sponsoring a video contest focused on the impact violence has on a community, and ways to prevent such violence.

On May 2, 2012, the CDC posted a Federal Register notice—Seeing My World through a Safer Lens: What Does Injury and Violence Look Like in My Community? Video Contest—that says the contest seeks to raise awareness of the fact that while injuries and violence are serious public health issues, they are preventable.

Contestants are to submit “personalized videos” that show how proven prevention strategies are being implemented in various communities, the notice says. The contest is open to individuals, or teams of U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are at least 13 years old (contestants younger than 18 need the permission of a parent or guardian).

Videos should reflect “scenarios” that students, injury and violence professionals and the general public might encounter while trying to reduce injuries and violence where they live, work, study or play, the CDC says.

The categories videos can be submitted under are Student View, General Public View and Injury and Violence Professional View. The winner in each category will receive $500, and the CDC will showcase each video to highlight “that steps for injury and violence prevention can be taken by anyone and anywhere.”

The CDC began accepting “Safer Lens” videos on May 1, 2012, and the deadline for submissions is July 31, 2012. Judging will take place Aug. 1-31, 2012, and winners will be notified and prizes awarded Sept. 10, 2012.

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