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Grand Prize: $500

Second Prize: $250 - Third Prize: $100

Have you ever wondered where nuclear weapons are created and tested?

Every nuclear weapon in the United States arsenal was designed at our country's two nuclear weapons design and research laboratories which are Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The development of these weapons is hazardous to the communities around them, not to mention the ethical, moral and spiritual implications of developing these weapons of mass destruction.

Radioactive and hazardous pollution from our nuclear weapons program affects us all. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has been operating in Livermore, California for six decades. This has taken a serious toll on the local environment. Both the Livermore Lab's main site and its Site 300 high explosive testing facility in nearby Tracy, California, are on the Environmental Protection Agency's "Superfund" list of the MOST CONTAMINATED SITES IN THE COUNTRY due to severe soil and groundwater contamination.

If the groundwater is not cleaned up, the EPA estimates cancer risks in Livermore as high as one in every thousand residents.

Public health studies have shown an increased risk of certain cancers in Livermore, likely from Lab operations. Additionally, there are more than 1,900 former and current Livermore Lab employees who have filed for compensation for their illnesses or for the death of their loved ones caused by on the job exposures.

You need not be a Livermore-area resident to submit a video to this contest We encourage people of all locations, backgrounds and viewpoints to submit. You must be between 10 and 30 years old.
Note: There will be an award reception on Thursday, December 7th to celebrate the winning videos. Travel to the reception is not included.


Livermore Main Library (Community Rooms A and B)
1188 South Livermore Ave.
Livermore, CA 94550

Tri-Valley CAREs invites you to create a video in 2 min or less about the impacts of nuclear weapons development on the environment in Livermore and beyond.

We thought of some questions to get you started:

    • Why is it important to you that the government clean up the contamination caused by nuclear weapons development around Livermore and beyond?
    • How does knowing groundwater in your community is contaminated affect you?
    • What's at stake with continued nuclear weapons development in Livermore?

Who is Tri-Valley CAREs?

We are a grassroots non-profit organization based in Livermore, CA. We serve as the watchdog for the Livermore nuclear weapons lab.

Here are some helpful links to learn more:

Tri-Valley CAREs 'About Us'
Livermore Lab Superfund Cleanup
Press Releases

Option 1. Upload Directly to Facebook

    • Upload your video directly to the contest's Facebook page.
    • Send an email to [email protected] with your video's title, your name, your age, your phone number and your preferred email address (for communication in case you are selected as a winner).
    • We will send you a confirmation email within one business day.

Option 2. Link from YouTube

    • Upload your video to your personal YouTube account.
    • Post the URL of your YouTube video to the contest's Facebook page.
    • Send an email to [email protected] with your video's title, your name your age, your phone number and your preferred email address (for communication in case you are selected as a winner).
    • We will send you a confirmation email within one business day.

Deadline: All entries must be received electronically by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on October 31, 2017. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

Rules: A submission that does not adhere to all the contest rules will not be considered for a cash award.

    1. Submissions must not exceed 2 min in length.
    2. Submissions need not be by Livermore-area residents. There will be an awards reception/party in Livermore in December and all participants are invited to attend. Travel expenses for winning videographers to attend the reception are not included.
    3. Submissions must not contain foul language or slander.
    4. Video can be any type (traditional video, animation, flash, etc.).
    5. Winners will be responsible for providing Tri-Valley CAREs with a high-resolution copy of their video before prize money is distributed. The grand prize is $500 and will be sent to the winner after notification in early November. Two honorable mentions will also be chosen and winners will receive Tri-Valley CAREs T-shirts.
    6. By submitting your video, you are promising that you own all rights to all material in your video, including the music, images, script, and rights to include all persons, places or organizations included or depicted (see below for information on Creative Commons footage). Tri-Valley CAREs will have distribution rights for non-commercial use, and video makers will have co-distribution rights for either public or commercial use. You also agree to allow Tri-Valley CAREs to use your name, identification, and likeness to use, promote or publicize your video in any manner, without limitation, and without further compensation. You agree to indemnify the Tri-Valley CAREs, including for legal costs, against any challenges to the ownership, use of, or rights to material in your video. See Video Contest Legal Release (Click here to download the legal release in PDF)
    7. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By submitting your video, you agree to release Facebook of any and all liability associated with this contest.

Copyright Issues: There is a significant amount of video and audio available online that falls under Creative Commons licensing. It is permissible to use Creative Commons video and/or audio in your entry as long as you meet the requirements of the particular license. Click here for more information on Creative Commons. Entries that violate copyright are not eligible for a prize.

Judging: A committee of filmmakers and educators selected by Tri-Valley CAREs will judge entries on the basis of originality of ideas, creativity and clarity of expression.

All Rights Reserved: All products resulting from the winning proposals become the property of Tri-Valley CAREs. Tri-Valley CAREs reserves the right to publish or broadcast all submissions to the contest. Video makers will have co-distribution rights for either public or commercial use.

Questions: Direct all questions to Valeria Salamanca at [email protected] Contest administered by Tri-Valley CAREs, 2582 Old First St, Livermore, CA. (925) 443-7148.

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Above: Tri-Valley CAREs Display in the Livermore Library on our Youth Video Contest. (Pictured: Interns Erin Vistnes and Joe Torres)

This professional mini-documentary celebrates Tri-Valley CAREs' 30 years of creating peace, justice, and a healthier environment.

Click here for our most recent factsheet on the Livermore Lab Superfund cleanup.

Click here to read our LLNL Main Site Cleanup Community Guide.

Click here to read our Site 300 Fact Sheet.

Click here to read our Latest Citizen’s Watch Newsletter.

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