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Vax Vid Video Contest

Sonoma County students in the sixth through 12th grades are invited to create a 30 to 60 second video on COVID-19 vaccines that addresses the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines. Topics can include: 

  • Availability, ease and advantages of being vaccinated.
  • Facts versus fiction and how misinformation has affected the pandemic (verified data can be obtained from government health agencies such as Center for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health and the Federal Drug Administration).

Be creative. You can produce a newscast, music video, animation, commercial or just about anything else that shows how original and inventive you are!

Who can participate?

The contest is open to all sixth to 12th graders in Sonoma County. Teams to produce the video can range from one to five students.

What can you win?

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three videos in each of  two categories, sixth to eighth graders and ninth to 12th graders. (Prizes funded by community sponsors.)

  1. First place: $1500
  2. Second place: $1000
  3. Third place: $500

View the promo video!

How to enter

  • Each team will create and submit a 30 to 60 second video to the County of Sonoma by the contest deadline.
    • The video size should not exceed 300MB for uploads. 
    • Original video files must be in .MP4 .MPEG, .MOV, .AVI, or .WMV format (.MP4 is preferred).
  • Each team must sign and submit their Release and Consent Forms, Entry Form, and final video file using one of the submission options by May 9, 2022 by 5:00 pm. 
    • The team and their advisor is responsible for submitting their required forms and video file by the submission deadline. 
  • Once the forms and video are uploaded, the submissions are final and cannot be edited. 

General rules

  • Video submissions can be submitted by individual students or teams of up to five students.
  • Videos can also be submitted by school organizations, such as clubs and sports teams. 
  • Each student or team can only submit one entry. 
  • There is no limit to how many total video submissions a school has. 
  • Each student or team must have one teacher from their school serve as their advisor. 
  • Advisors may help students submit their forms, create their videos, and offer any additional guidance. 
  • Each student involved must sign a Release and Consent form. The following people must submit a signed Release and Consent form: 
  • Each student involved: students under 18 years of age must also have their parent or legal guardian sign the form. Students who are 18 years of age or older may sign the form on their own behalf. 
  • All individuals recorded in the video: individuals must also have their parent or legal guardian sign the form if they are under 18 years of age. Individuals  may sign the form on their own behalf if they are 18 years of age or older. 
  • Only one Entry Form is required for a single team. 
    • Only the students listed on the entry form will be eligible for the prizes.
  • The Release and Consent Forms, Entry Form, and videos should be submitted by May 9, 2022. 
  • Cash prizes won by teams will be divided at the discretion of students and advisors. One parent from each winning team should be prepared to submit the proper paperwork and receive the prize money in the form of a check. 

Video submission options

You can: 

If you have questions, please contact us at VaxVidContest@sonoma-county.org.

Winner selection

Winning students or teams for each category will be selected by a panel of judges from health, education and community based organizations. All decisions are final and binding. Entries will be judged on the following and the videos with the most points will win: 

  • Effectiveness of the Message: Does the video content provide Sonoma County youth with information about the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations? 
  • Accuracy: Is the vaccine information provided in the video accurate? 
  • Quality: Does the video display a high production quality? Quality can be determined by how well the video is put together, whether the video content is cohesive and flows, whether the performances show that students practiced and made an effort, etc. 
  • Entertaining: Does the video present vaccine information in a way that encourages youth to get vaccinated? 
  • Originality/Creativity: Is the video content creative and unique compared to other videos or vaccine campaigns? Does the video showcase the talents of the student or team? 

Winner notification

Students and advisors of the winning teams will be notified by email once decisions have been made. 

A virtual Vax Vid Video Contest ceremony will be recorded on May 24. The winning videos and the recording of the award ceremony will be shared on this page afterward. All video submissions will be available on the COVID-19 Video Library page.


This contest is privately funded by these generous donors:

Platinum sponsors

  • Sonoma County Family YMCA
  • Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County
  • Santa Rosa Community Health
  • Partnership HealthPlan

Gold sponsors

  • Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • Sonoma Valley Community Health Center

The contest is coordinated by the Sonoma County Office of Education, the Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County and the County of Sonoma.