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January 31, 2023

2023 #IHeartUWLibraries Student Video Contest- Open

UW Libraries’ 2023 #IHeartUWLibraries Student Video Contest Open Now!

Whether you are learning on campus, or remotely, UW Libraries and Libraries staff provide essential resources and support to our UW community. The annual #IHeartUWLibraries student video contest is an opportunity to showcase your creative talents while helping to promote the best of UW Libraries’ people, places, resources and programs – So…. why do you “heart” UW Libraries? See our “Inspiration” list below for ideas!




  • Long Form video (Video submission 45-60 seconds)*
    • $1500 1st Place
    • $1000 2nd Place
    • $500 3rd Place

*you can use any video creation platform to create a video, including Tik Tok for this category.  See submission instructions and tools for how to upload/submit.



  • UW undergraduate or graduate students are eligible from the Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma campuses. Applicants must be enrolled/active at the time videos are submitted. Students graduating in Winter Quarter 2023 are not eligible for submission.
  • Submissions must be entered by 11:59 pm on Sunday March 26th.
  • Video must meet the time criteria for the specified category (45-60 seconds, no larger than 100MB).
  • One submission per student, per category.
  • Video must be original content.
  • Video production (filming) must not violate the Libraries code of conduct or specific Libraries policies.
  • Submit videos along with an official UW personal release form through this entry form using your UW email address.
  • Videos must be in mp4 format.
  • You must submit an official UW personal release form with your video.
  • Additional release forms must be submitted for any other students featured in the video. It is the responsibility of the student applicant to secure release forms on behalf of all individuals featured in the video.
  • By signing the release form, UW Libraries has rights to the video in perpetuity and may use the video for public communication and marketing.
  • By signing the release form, you agree to give copies of editable files as Libraries may choose to use all or part of submitted videos to create new/original content.
  • Follow the UW Libraries Photography and Video policies.
  • Please adhere to all current social distancing guidelines when creating your videos.



Think about the ways you interact with the Library remotely and in-person:

  • Access to expert help anytime, anywhere!
  • The tools and resources: 9 million+ books locally, electronic books, streaming media, research guides, research databases, digital collections, software, video tutorials and more!
  • How have you used the Libraries for your own work/projects?
  • Libraries classes, workshops and community events that build connections, community and enhance skills.
  • Libraries community reading groups.
  • Libraries support of student research, writing and publishing through the Open Scholarship Commons or Odegaard Writing and Research Center.
  • A librarian who made a difference in your academic career, providing help, guidance and support for your research/project. What did they teach you? What did you learn?
  • How faculty/instructors use the libraries to further their research (interview an instructor).
  • How Libraries support teaching and learning in the classroom–have you ever taken a class from a Librarian? What did you learn?
  • Highlight one of UW’s 16 unique libraries (UW Bothell, Tacoma, Tateuchi East Asia Library, Friday Harbor, etc. ) and the people and resources in that Library that are meaningful to your work.
  • How you see the Libraries mission, vision, values through your own experience.
  • Your favorite (secret?) place to study.
  • A combination of all of the above!



  • Judging will be done by a team of UW librarians, faculty and staff
  • No prior video creation or editing experience necessary
  • Winners will be announced no later than April 18th, 2023
  • General criteria: storytelling, creativity, effectively communicating the impact/importance of UW Libraries to student life and learning



Winning submissions will be shown at events and posted to UW Libraries social media channels: UW Libraries website, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Twitter.

Questions? Please contact uwlibs@uw.edu

#IHEARTUWLibraries Video Contest 2022 Winners

Long Form (45-60 seconds)

1st Place “A Husky Point of View” by Phuong (Jolie) Tran

2nd Place “The Magic of UW Libraries” by Emily Ann Riehl

3rd “Last Day” by Sophia Dowling

Short Form (15-30 seconds)*

1st Place: Madeline Brown

2nd Place: Rachel Lui

3rd Place: Lakshin Kumar

*this year’s contest does not have a short form option. Only videos 45-60 seconds long will be accepted.

Want to see more? Watch previous submissions from 2021, 2020, 2019, and 2018 winners!