It’s been a few months since Ruby Rose told a hall full of students that cyberbullying is “way uncool” as she launched the Australian Human Rights Commission’s BackMeUp 2013 – a video competition aimed at helping teenagers overcome cyberbullying, which affects one in ten young Australians.
Over 8 competition weeks, we received 61 video entries from around the country! From animation to claymation, drama to melodrama, the entries are as diverse as they are engaging.
So, after careful consideration by our judging panel, which included last year’sBackMeUp winners Ari Kwasner-Catsi and Casey Finn (thanks guys, we couldn’t have done it without you!), the National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell is pleased to announce the 5 outstanding videos that have taken out the top prizes for BackMeUp 2013.
And the winners are.. (drum roll please);
“Pull the Plug on Cyberbullying” by Tim Eddy
“Back Me Up – be the one to do something about it” by Mia Presland, Savannah Ramsay and Abbey Graham
“What If” by Peta Goode, Naomi Tait and Cody Morrison
“Cyber Short Film” by Daniel Gandy and Aidyn Arabi
“Cyber bullying” by Lachlin Smart, Ehsan Tareh and Matese Synaphet
The 5 winning videos will each receive a GoPro camera or if they prefer, a $500 JB HIFi voucher!
Commissioner Mitchell said choosing the best entries wasn’t easy.
“There were so many fabulous videos but in the end, we could only choose 5. And those videos were chosen for their production values and the way they demonstrated the BackMeUp message that safely helping out someone being cyberbullied can change lives,” said Commissioner Mitchell.
“Ari and Casey were vital in helping the Commission select videos that resonate with young people, which is a critical part of the judging process,” she said.
To see all of the video entries, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/BackMeUp2012/videos