Meet the USA.gov Video Contest Winner
Screenshot from the winning video
It's a victory for stay at home Dads everywhere! Peter Sullivan, of Nashville, TN, is the winner of the 2010 USA.gov Video Contest.
While scrolling video contest websites, Sullivan thought the USA.gov video contest would be a great opportunity to incorporate his two kids and friends into a fun, creative project that could provide his family with a little extra cash.
His video, Get Your Voice Heard, featuring a song he wrote himself, was chosen from over 30 other entries.
I thought the best way to explain what USA.gov does was to make up a funny story and a song that would stick in people's heads, Sullivan said. If it was funny enough to be memorable, and could relay all the info about the website, and we could wrap it up in a catchy song, we could have a shot at winning.
And win he did. With the $2,500 cash prize, Sullivan plans to pay off some bills. Working around his wife's schedule as an emergency medicine resident and his kids' naptimes, this full time dad has entered—and won a few other contests.
Sullivan's video can be seen on the USA.gov YouTube channel. Read the script of the winning video.
Listen to Sullivan's interview with Federal News Radio.
- Out of over 30 entries, Peter Sullivan, 38, of Nashville, TN, wins the 2010 USA.gov Video Contest.
- Sullivan’s video, Get Your Voice Heard uses a catchy song to bring attention to the many ways USA.gov is of service to the public: renewing passports, applying for student aid, and contacting elected officials.
- This is the first video contest for USA.gov—the official web portal of the U.S. federal government.
- Judging based on message, accuracy, appropriateness of theme, creativity, and entertainment value determined Sullivan as the overall winner of $2,500.
USA.gov ran a video contest from Feb. 22, 2010 to April 2, 2010 asking people to submit videos showing how the website made their lives easier.
- Create your video following the listed requirements and upload it to the USA.gov contest group on YouTube.
- Fill out and submit the online entry form.
- Make sure you submit your video to the USA.gov contest group. Videos not submitted to the group will not be eligible to win.
- Video must be 30 to 90 seconds in length.
- Avoid profane language, violence, sex or personal attacks on people or organizations.
- Avoid violating copyright laws or using brand names or logos other than USA.gov's in your video. You agree to indemnify the U.S. Government and the General Services Administration (GSA) for any claim, demand, judgment, or other allegation arising from your possible violation of someone's trademark, copyright, or other legally protected interest in any way in your video. All contest submitters agree not to make any commercial use of those portions of their submissions which use GSA trademarks (including USA.gov) without prior written approval from GSA.
- Your video may not contain any endorsement, solicitation, commercial, or similar content advocating for or against candidates for office, political issues, or commercial products.
- Your video must be original content for this contest. Do not submit a video that has been submitted elsewhere.
- Videos must be QuickTime/MOV, WMV, MPEG or AVI and submitted to the USA.gov contest group on YouTube.
- Make sure the video is no larger than 50 MB.
- Obtain release forms for all of the people featured in your video. You must provide the General Services Administration with the forms if requested.
- Be able to provide GSA with an original video file if you win.
- Videos that are submitted without an entry form will not be judged.
By entering the contest, you grant GSA a perpetual, royalty-free license to use your video, in any media, for standard government-related and other non-commercial purposes. You grant GSA permission to edit, modify, format, or adapt your video for GSA's purposes at GSA's sole discretion. Except for the $2,500 prize awarded to the winner of the video contest, no other compensation in any manner will be paid to any entrant of the video contest for the submission to GSA or GSA's future use of the video in any manner. If you want to remove your video from the competition, you may do so by requesting GSA delete your video from its competition prior to the announcement of the winner on or about April 30, 2010. There is no limit on the number of videos someone may submit.
To be eligible you must be a citizen of the United States, Puerto Rico or the other U.S. territories. Children 13 years or younger must have their parents approval. Employees of GSA, their relatives, and GSA contractors are not eligible to enter the contest. Any video created by Federal employees while on Federal time are considered works of the U.S. Government and are not eligible to win the cash prize.
After the contest closes, videos will be judged to see if they present accurate information and comply with the requirements of the contest. Those videos that do not comply will be disqualified. All other videos will advance to round two where the videos will be rated by a panel of judges from GSA based on message, accuracy, appropriateness of theme, creativity, and entertainment value. A winner will be selected and notified by email on or about April 30, 2010.
The winner will receive $2,500 and the winning video will be posted on USA.gov and the USA.gov YouTube channel.
The personal information you submit on the entry form will only be used to contact you in the event you win the contest or if there is a question or issue regarding your video or its content. We will not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about you, unless required for law enforcement or by statute. As your video will be made available to the public, you should not include personal information about yourself or anyone else. All information collected on the entry form will be deleted at the conclusion of the contest. GSA is using YouTube to host the videos for this contest. You are subject to YouTube's use, privacy, cookie, and security provisions also. Those provisions can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy_at_youtube.
For questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
USA.gov Video Contest Winner Script
The video opens with rock music playing in the background while man one jogs down the street.
Song: Moved to a new community
I didn't like what I began to see
MAN 2 DUMPS TOXINS ON LAWN
So I want to know who's representin' me
TWO MEN GET INTO ARGUMENT
MAN ONE PULLS OUT CELL PHONE
Not just at home but out there in D.C.
SPLIT SCREEN OF MAN ONE ON PHONE AND 911 CALL CENTER NOT HAVING THE ANSWER TO WHO HIS REPRESENTATIVE IS
SEE MAN ONE AT HIS COMPUTER
So I went to
SCREENSHOT OF USA.GOV
SEE MAN ONE AT HIS COMPUTER
Wanted my voice heard
I'd had enough
SCREENSHOT OF USA.GOV
But I got so much more about this country I love
right there at USA.gov
PICTURE OF MAN THREE
I found my Congressman
MAN ONE DIALS THE PHONE NUMBER
He's there online
MAN THREE TALKS ON HIS PHONE AT HIS DESK
He said, Well, I agree but it is not a crime.
MAN THREE SHAKES MAN ONES HAND AFTER CREATING A NEW LAW
Until he made that bill law
in the nick of time
MAN ONE WALKING DOWN THE STREET SINGING
So things are lookin' pretty good at home
MAN THREE JOINS HIM
And better yet, I know I'm not alone
MAN ONE STANDS BEHIND MAN THREE WHO LOOKS LIKE A PUPPET
Just want to remind the powers that be
the boss their working for is you and me
MAN ONE PLAYS GUITAR AND BOY AND GIRL PLAY GUITAR AND DRUMS
So go to USA.gov
GIRL YELLS AND BLOWS WOMANS HAIR BACK
You got a voice, come on raise it up.
BAND KEEPS PLAYING
And find everything else about this country we love
Right there at USA.gov
SCREENSHOT OF USA.GOV
If you're trying to find a local scholarship: USA.gov
If you need to sign up for some benefits: USA.gov
If you want to renew all your licenses: USA.gov
Or e-file your taxes: USA.gov
WOMAN HOLDING APPLE PIE
Or those who love their moms and apple pie: USA.gov
MAN ONE STANDING IN FRONT OF A BARN
Or pledge allegiance under prairie skies: USA.gov
MAN ONE REACHING HIS HAND IN CAPITOL BUILDING
Let's run this government from the inside: USA.gov
MAN ONE IN FRONT OF A FLAG
Right here at USA.gov.
END WITH SCREENSHOT OF USA.GOV LOGO