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2020 WaterWise High School Video Contest 

Inspire the community to use water wisely by creating fun, entertaining, and informational videos! Schools and student winners will receive cash prizes and have their video aired on local TV networks and played in movie theaters.

2020 marks the 21st Annual WaterWise High School Video Contest where high school filmmakers throughout Santa Barbara County are challenged to produce creative and high-quality videos that follow this year's theme:

"Life After Lawn"

Did you know that most homeowners use over 50% of their water outdoors? Experts estimate that 50% of the water we use outdoors goes to waste from evaporation, wind, or runoff due to over watering. Lawn and nonnative grasses require a lot of water to be healthy and are not sustainable in in our environment where water is scarce. By transforming our yards to be more climate appropriate, life after lawn can be a beautiful water saver!  

Links to instructions and resources:
- Video tutorial (learn the basic requirements to produce your video)
- Additional Resources (resources for accurate information and great content ideas!)
- Flyer (English and Spanish)
- WaterWiseSB logos (English and Spanish)
- List of Spanish Terminology 
- Download the 2020 Application Packet (must be submited with your video)

All videos must be submitted online by 11:59pm on Friday, March 6, 2020 to be eligible to win prizes.

Ready to enter? Upload your completed 2020 Application Packet and Video!

Student winners will be announced publicly at the Awards Ceremony in May 2020. Want to receive an invite? Please email us.

Prizes for the Winning Schools and Students!


Award for School  

Award for Students  


1st Place 




1st Place  

 $1000  $500   Univisionlogo

2nd Place




3rd Place



Ewing Logo

People's Choice 
(vote on YouTube!)



 Honorable Mention
(North County)
$100  Car Wash Vouchers   splashndash
 Honorable Mention
(South County)
$100  2021 Film Festival Tickets   SBIFF

   See the videos of previous students winners since 2005 here. View all video submissions since 2005 on the WaterWiseSB YouTube Channel


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California State Content Standards The following standards are met through participation in this contest. Science 9-12: 9c, Performing Arts 9-12: Visual & Performing 5.2, English/Language Arts 9-10: Listening & Speaking 1.1, 1.7, 1.9, 2.2d-f, 2.5b-d, 2.6a-c and 11-12 - 1.4, 1.6, 2.1b, 2.4a, c, d.