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New video competition for SA high school students

Posted on 05 Dec 2013

The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) is proud to announce a new initiative: Dirt TV – what mining means to me.

Dirt TV is a competition aimed at high school students, requiring applicants to produce a short video clip for the chance to share in $10,000 cash prizes.

We encourage the competition to be used within the Australian Curriculum or students may choose to enter independently. Aimed at students from years 7 – 12, applicants are required to create a compelling video illustrating “What mining or energy mean to me.”

Entries will be judged by an expert panel comprising eminent professionals from the media and arts, who will assess the creations based on originality, creativity, accuracy and effectiveness in delivering a message. Music, dance, humour or other innovative genres are all encouraged.

Winners will be awarded across a variety of Oscar-like categories at a prestigious awards ceremony towards the end of the school year.

The concept is based on a similar program run by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA) in Canada, whose video competition So you think you know mining is now in its fifth year. OMA has seen the competition grow from 23 entries in its first year to over 150 in 2013, and has been praised for its role in influencing curriculum in high schools and inspiring a range of truly remarkable video clips.

Further information is available on the website, including resources available to help students get started, or contact our Manager, Careers Promotion, Emma Chesterman on 08 8202 9999 or


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