Ocean Guardian Contest

Submit your 2018 contest entry here

Use the form below to submit your entry:

  • Title - enter a catchy title for your video submission
  • Description - tell us about how your video answers the question "can individual action change the world?"
  • First Name - your first name
  • Last Name - your last name
  • Email address - a valid email address is required
  • YouTube video URL - use the share link provided by YouTube (e.g. https://youtu.be/qJP2Vd2FGmw)
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About the 2018 Ocean Guardian Contest

Drum roll please… the 2018 Ocean Guardian Contest (#OGC2018) is upon us! We at Bodhi Surf + Yoga are thrilled to be holding the contest for the sixth consecutive year and to see what inspiring submissions we receive in 2018. This year’s question is quite simple, but has never been more timely: “How can individual action change the world?” Like always, this will be a video contest. New this year: you can enter yourself OR someone you know who is an Ocean Guardian! Read on to learn more and start getting ready to enter.

What the #OGC2018 is all about

Are you or someone you know taking action in your everyday lives to protect the Earth and shape our world for the better? If so, we want to hear about it! Enter our 6th Annual Ocean Guardian Contest to show how this is possible and have the chance to win some genuinely awesome prizes. Create a short video (no more than two minutes) about this individual (be it yourself or the person you are nominating) showing how this is done. If you come in 1st place, you will win the grand prize of Bodhi Sessions surf and yoga camp for two + a sweet basket of goods from some awesome companies who are also working tirelessly to make the world a better place!

Scenario 1: Enter yourself!

You are taking action that you believe is changing the world. You found this contest and want to create a video about yourself. There’s no shame in the game! This contest is all about recognizing individual action, and you know better than anyone if you are doing that.

Scenario 2: Nominate someone you know!

Someone you know is making a big difference, and you (as the awesome friend and filmmaker that you are), want to highlight them! We all know that teamwork makes the dream work, and changemaker + videographer sounds like the dream team indeed.

Once your video is complete, you will be required to submit it as a YouTube video that is no longer than two minutes. Next, it will be reviewed by members of the Bodhi Advisory Board, and if it meets the majority of the criteria (outlined further down on this page), it will advance to the finalist round. In this final round, the remaining videos will be put out for the public to vote on their favorite videos. That’s when you start sharing your inspiring video with all of your friends, family, work people, community members, the Queen, and anyone you know, to have your best shot at winning one of our sweet prizes! After all is said and done and voting is over, Bodhi will announce the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Contest Prizes

Grand Prize

Bodhi Sessions 7-night Surf & Yoga Camp for two people

Other great prizes

  • Patagonia’s book Tools for Grassroots Activists: Best Practices for Success in the Environmental Movement
  • Signed copy of Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy by Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon
  • PUCCI's Costa Rica From Above book
  • Klean Kanteen insulated tumblers and stainless steel straws
  • Badger Balm sunscreen kits
  • Gift certificate for Indosole
  • Gift certificate for United by Blue
  • Wax wraps from Khala Cloths

Contest Timeline

The contest will take place in five phases this year:

  1. Contest Announcement and Entry Preparation: September 1st - October 15th
  2. Entry Submission: October 16th - 20th
  3. Bodhi Advisory Board Judging: October 21st - 25th
  4. Public Voting on Finalists: October 26th - 30th
  5. Winners Announced: November 1st

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How to enter

    1. Sign Bodhi Surf + Yoga’s Ocean Guardian Pledge
    2. Perfect your submission: In a brief video, answer the question “How can individual action change the world?” either about yourself or about someone you know
      • You must use the YouTube platform for your video
      • Videos must be under 2 minutes
      • All submissions must include “Ocean Guardian Contest 2018” in their title as well as “Bodhi Surf + Yoga” and “#OGC2018” in their description.
      • Entries and some additional details will be submitted directly on this website – starting October 16th and no later than October 20th
    3. Hang tight! Between October 21st and October 25th the Bodhi Surf + Yoga team will be reviewing the entries and identifying the highest scoring finalists to move onto the public voting round based on their alignment with the following criteria:
      • ACTION (75%)
        • Demonstrated impact (20%) – how has your pro-environmental change made an impact on ecosystems?
        • Creativity and innovativeness (15%) – how interesting and out-of-the-box is your idea?
        • Scalability (15%) – how easily can your pro-environmental change be spread to other towns, communities, organizations, etc.?
        • Originality (10%) – are you a one-of-a-kind leader?
        • Reach (10%) – how many beings (mammals, reptiles, etc.) are impacted by your environmentalism?
        • Timeliness (5%) – have you implemented your pro-environmental change within the past year? how often?
      • PRESENTATION (25%)
        • Clarity and conciseness (15%) – how understandable and comprehensive is your message?
        • Quality of production (5%) – did you make an out-of-this world video?
        • Entertainment (5%) – is your video something that varied audiences will enjoy watching?
    4. Voting will take place on this website – so share this with your family, friends, coworkers, pets, frenemies, and anyone else you can think of between October 26th and October 30th
    5. Follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter), read our blog, and keep an eye out! Winners will be contacted via email and announced on these channels November 1st, 2018

Prizes

This year’s prizes are the following:

1st Place

  • A FREE Bodhi Sessions 7-night Surf & Yoga camp for two people (valued at $2790)
  • Two copies of Patagonia’s book Tools for Grassroots Activists: Best Practices for Success in the Environmental Movement
  • One signed copy of Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy by Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon
  • One Costa Rica From Above book by PUCCI
  • One Klean Kanteen 32oz classic insulated tumbler and set of stainless steel straws
  • One Badger Balm sunscreen kit
  • $75 gift certificate from Indosole
  • $100 gift certificate from United by Blue
  • Wax wraps from Khala Cloths

2nd Place

  • A 50% discount on Bodhi Sessions 7-night Surf & Yoga Camp for two people
  • One copy of Patagonia’s book Tools for Grassroots Activists: Best Practices for Success in the Environmental Movement
  • One signed copy of Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy by Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon
  • One Costa Rica From Above book by PUCCI
  • One Klean Kanteen 32oz classic insulated and set of stainless steel straws
  • One Badger Balm sunscreen kit
  • $50 gift certificate from United by Blue
  • Wax wraps from Khala Cloths

3rd Place

  • One copy of Patagonia’s book Tools for Grassroots Activists: Best Practices for Success in the Environmental Movement
  • One signed copy of Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy by Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon
  • One Costa Rica From Above book by PUCCI
  • One Klean Kanteen 32oz classic insulated and set of stainless steel straws
  • One Badger Balm sunscreen kit
  • Wax wraps from Khala Cloths

Rules & fine print

      • You may only submit one entry per person
      • Entrants must sign the Ocean Guardian Pledge
      • Entrants can be of any age, but grand prize winners under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult when redeeming their prizes (i.e. visiting Bodhi Surf + Yoga)
      • Previous winners of the 1st place prize from any of the previous year’s contests are not eligible to participate again
      • Bodhi Surf + Yoga camps may be redeemed between January 12th and December 21st, 2019, are non-transferable, and are subject to availability
      • Any additional travel companions must pay regular Bodhi Surf + Yoga vacation prices
      • Voting will be closely monitored and contestants with suspicious activity will be disqualified from the contest
Need some fuel to your fire?

Can’t seem to find that inspiration? Don’t sweat it! Bodhi will be publishing some blogs to fuel that fire in the coming weeks. These blogs will contain tips and ways on how you can be an Ocean Guardian in your home, community, and in the world. They will be a knowledge-filled journey leaving you on the edge of your seat as you learn about everything from news ways to commute, how to eat locally, and even how to compost! You can also check out the Ocean Guardian Contest winners in previous years: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 on our blog.

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