National Health Center Week
August 13-19, 2017

2017 Picture & Video Contests

More information about the NHCW 2017 Picture & Video Contests is coming soon.

Be sure to RSVP for the contest-specific webinar, where you’ll hear more about the rules, prizes, and tips for winning submissions, on Wednesday, July 19 at 3PM Eastern. To RSVP, click here.

 

View the 2016 Contest Winners! 

 

Each year, hundreds of Health Center Advocates submit their pictures and videos celebrating the amazing work their Health Center does! The NHCW Picture & Video Contest is an opportunity to use your creativity to garner some national attention for your Health Center. Start thinking today about the pictures (both photos and drawings) and video that best represent the work your Health Center does and how you will celebrate National Health Center Week 2017! Then, submit a picture and/or video to the NHCW Picture & Video Contest in August 2017 for a chance to win a NHCW 2018 sponsorship, a chance to be featured in the 2018 Health Centers Calendar, and other awesome prizes.

Coming soon: 2017 Picture & Video Contest Details

Tips for Winning Pictures

1. Showcase your Health Center’s Innovations
Think about highlighting your Health Center’s innovations in health service delivery, advocacy recruitment, and community outreach.

2.  Highlight the Advocacy your Health Center does.
Take a picture of a meeting with a Member of Congress, or of a patient signing up to become an Advocate. Be creative about showing how your Health Center spreads the word and takes action to support the Health Center Movement!

3.  Action shots are great.
Try to capture a picture or footage of patients, staff, board members, community partners, etc. in action. Take a picture of a patient receiving services at your Health Center, of the crowd lining up for your annual health fair, or of your Member of Congress shaking hands with your staff, for

example. Click here to see the winning photos from last year for ideas.

4.  Capture the best quality photo that your camera will allow.
Be sure to submit the largest file/highest resolution of the photo that you can to avoid a grainy or blurry quality to the picture. Higher resolution photos will be given priority in the process of choosing finalists.

5.  Think about the environment where you are filming.
Try to place your subject in the set of your choosing. Don’t be afraid to ask them to move to a location that may be less busy or more interesting.

6.  Make sure your subject(s) is/are well lit.
Avoid overly bright/dark situations.

7.  Be creative and have fun!

 

Tips for Winning Videos

1. Showcase your Health Center’s Innovations
Think about highlighting your Health Center’s innovations in health service delivery, advocacy recruitment, and community outreach.

2.  Highlight the Advocacy your Health Center does.
Take a video incorporating an elected official roundtable discussion, or share the stories of your colleagues and patients who are passionate about the work your Health Center does  Be creative about showing how your Health Center spreads the word and takes action to support the Health Center Movement!

3.  Shorter is better.
While the maximum length for a video submission is 3 minutes, studies show that attention spans are shrinking; the average length of time a video will capture a person’s attention is 2:00, so we recommend keeping your video short and sweet!

4.  Story is everything.
Take some time to pre-plan and think about what makes your Health Center special, unique and important to you and your community. You might want to include first-hand accounts from your patients, staff, Board, or elected officials about the value your Health Center brings to your community, for example.

5. In one-on-one interviews, use shots that capture your subjects from the shoulders up and make sure they’re one side of the frame instead of in the middle.

6.  Make sure your subject(s) is/are well-lit.

Avoid overly bright/dim situations.

7.  Sound is just important as the picture.
Make sure to your subject(s) speaks loudly and clearly. If possible, use a lapel microphone. Also avoid situations where there is a lot of background noise – try to take your subject to a quiet space for his/her interview.

8.  Keep the image steady.
If possible, use a tripod to keep the camera still.

9.   Be creative and have fun!

Think about using music, trying out different camera angles (such as using a rolling office chair for a cool action shot), or incorporating simple animation, titles, and/or credits.

 

FAQs

What if I want to submit a picture or video that someone else took?

That’s fine! We want you to encourage people to submit their pictures and videos, so if you need to submit it for them, that’s okay. Just make sure you get their permission, and make sure to give them credit (put their first and last name in the submission form).

How many pictures and videos can my Health Center submit?

Your Health Center can submit however many pictures or videos you’d like! However, each individual can only submit one picture and one video. So if you have a lot of staff who took pictures during a NHCW event, that’s fine. Encourage them to submit their pictures! Just make sure each person only submits one picture and one video.

What if my picture or video isn’t chosen as a finalist?

Not to worry! We still want to show-off the great work your Health Center does by featuring your pictures and videos. Therefore, we’ll include your submission on the Campaign for America’s Health Centers Facebook page as well as on the National Health Center Week website.

My picture or video includes only employees from my Health Center. Do I have to include a release form?

Maybe not. You just need to make sure you have something in your Health Center policy that allows you to take and share externally pictures of your employees.

What about if my picture or video was taken during a public health fair? Do I need a release form in that case?

If the faces of the people featured in the picture or video aren’t clearly visible (i.e., in a crowd), then no, you do not need a release form. If the individuals featured in the photo or video are elected officials and/or official speakers at your event, then you still don’t need a release form. However, if your picture or video features community members whose faces are clearly visible (and especially if those community members are children), then we do require a release form for the purposes of this contest.

 

Download the Release Form


Download a copy of the full NACHC release form here.* If parental/guardian consent is needed, please fill out the second page of the release.


**Release forms are not required for pictures or videos of crowds or speakers at public events. Click here for more information on whether or not you need a release form.

 

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