The videos should be entertaining and, preferably, educational. Just tell a good story and you'll have the audience on your side.
The videos could include you favorite wine tip, interviews with winemakers, chefs or sommeliers, tours of wineries, your grandmother's famous recipe paired with wine, tastings of selected varietals or simply adventures with wine. (For examples and inspiration, see the free videos posted each week at WineSpectator.com or see the Finalists and Honorable Mentions from last year's video contest.)
All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, September 7, 2015.
Anyone at least 21 years old can enter. You do not need to be in the wine business. You do not need to be a pro videographer. You do not need a complicated camera set-up. A past runner-up was shot with an iPhone.
Videos submitted by wineries or on behalf of wineries are welcome as long as the product placement is minimal. Here's further clarification: Winery videos are unlikely to be chosen as finalists if they open and/or close with branding shots and/or if they repeatedly splash their brand on the screen; a couple low-key label or bottle shots are the limit. Instead of submitting an advertisement, tell us a story, educate us, capture our hearts.
For an example of a great story that was submitted by a winery, see the 2012 winner, A Brief History of Merlot.
Picking the Finalists: Wine Spectator editors will select the best videos, which will be posted at WineSpectator.com on Monday, September 14, 2015. How do we define "best"? We're looking for a heartwarming or well-told story, a belly laugh or an educational tip.
Picking the Winner: Visitors to WineSpectator.com will vote for their favorite video during the voting period, which runs Monday, September 14, through Monday morning, September 21. The video with the most votes will be the winner. Note: maximum 20 votes per IP address will be counted. Also, as in any election, compensation may not be offered in return for votes.
Announcing the Winner: The second- and third-place videos will be revealed on Monday, September 21, on WineSpectator.com. The top video will be revealed on Tuesday, September 22. Honorable Mentions will also be revealed on September 22.
1. Grand Prize The creator of the winning video will receive a pair of full event registrations to Wine Spectator's Wine Experience in New York City on October 22-24, 2015. Plus, the winning video may be screened at the events as part of the official program. Note: the Grand Prize winner will not receive a Finalist Prize in addition to the Grand Prize.
2. Finalist Prize The finalists, as chosen by our editors, will each receive a pair of tickets to one of the Grand Tastings at the Wine Experience in New York City on October 22 or 23, 2015. If they are unable to make that date, finalists may attend any one of the 2016 Grand Tour Tastings (dates and locations TBD). Finalists' videos will be posted on WineSpectator.com, as will a number of honorable mention videos. There are usually nine finalists, but that number may change at the discretion of Wine Spectator.
3. Entry Prize Everyone who submits a video judged by our editors as a valid submission will receive a 6-month full-access membership to WineSpectator.com, which includes more than 300,000 wine reviews and all 10 wine courses at WineSpectator.com/school. Current members will receive an extension of their membership. (Only one entry prize per entrant.)
The video file size must be no larger than 500MB.
We accept these video file formats: mpeg or mov
It's easy. Complete the entry form and upload your video.
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