Geico Invites Students to Enter Safety Poster & Video Contest
Geico is inviting students in grades one through 12 to use their creativity to promote safe driving by entering its 2011-2012 Safety Poster & Video Contest. This will be the 25th year that the contest has welcomed hand-drawn posters focused on safe driving, and computer-generated posters are welcome as well. Poster contestants need to be between the ages of six and 18 to enter the contest.
In addition to posters, the contest is open to videos, in a wide range of modalities, including:
- Sketch comedy
- Music video
- Song performance
- Reality show
Video contestants need to be between the ages of 14 and 18, and videos cannot be longer than two minutes, including any on-screen credits.
This year, for the first time, students can choose the subject of their contest entry (whether it is a poster or a video) from the following three safety themes:
- The importance of wearing a safety belt
- No texting while driving
- Staying focused to prevent distracted driving
The contest is designed to help focus attention on ways to make driving safer. An article on FenderBender.com reports:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal traffic accidents compared to all other drivers. Not wearing seat belts, distracted driving and inexperience behind the wheel are the major contributors to teen-related crashes.
The Geico’s contest’s Frequently Asked Questions page cautions young artists to heed the following rule (among many rules) when creating contest entries:
One thing to keep in mind: If you are including a seatbelt in your artwork, please be sure to convey proper seat-belt procedure and usage (for example, the seatbelt should be worn across the chest and across your lap — no other seatbelt usage will be accepted).
The contest will award a $250 cash prize to each of the 25 students selected as National Winners. The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2012. You can find more information about the contest rules at www.geicosafetycontest.com.
Here are some winning entries from the 2009 and 2010 contests:
Image by Geico, used under Fair Use: Reporting.