Lights, camera, action – entries for the Samsung Paralympic Bloggers competition are now open.
Produce a 60-second film showing how you break down barriers to Do What You Can’t and be in with the chance to become a Samsung Paralympic Blogger for the PyeongChang Paralympic Winter Games 2018.
As part of its support to Paralympians around the world, Samsung is dedicated to help the world see through the eyes of the Samsung Paralympic Bloggers. Samsung celebrates and supports those who strive to Do What You Can’t—those who defy barriers to do the extraordinary inside and outside of sports. All Samsung Paralympic Bloggers will be using Samsung’s innovative mobile technologies to showcase their stories.
This year’s competition is hosted by Proud Paralympian, the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC’s) global athlete education programme, supported by the Agitos Foundation. Aligning with the programme’s aims, Proud Paralympian is encouraging athletes to submit videos highlighting how they make a difference by changing perceptions and redefining the limits of what is possible.
Successful videos will provide a visually compelling story with one of the following focus areas: sports focus (how you exceed expectations in your field); day to day life (how you break down barriers daily) or how you are an active citizen (how you break down barriers in the community).
The deadline for entries is 18 December 2017, 11:59pm (CET). After this a panel of judges (including a representative from Samsung and the IPC Athletes Council) will draw up a shortlist of the best videos to open up to a public vote. Fans from around the world will then vote on which athletes they want to see blogging behind the scenes at PyeongChang 2018.
Six winners from the competition will be chosen in total to be a Samsung Paralympic Blogger for PyeongChang 2018, showcasing their behind-the-scenes experience at the Paralympic Games to fans around the world. Winners will receive a special Samsung goodie pack and personal exposure through both the IPC and partners throughout the build-up and during PyeongChang 2018. The best blogger from PyeongChang 2018 will receive a special prize with a press release and photo opportunity about this.
The competition is open to any current or aspiring Paralympian for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. All entrants must be aged over 18.
How to enter
• Post your video submission to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with your post including both the hashtags #ProudParalympian and #PyeongChang2018. Posts must include both these hashtags to be entered into the competition. Video submissions posted on Facebook must be posted to the Proud Paralympian’s timeline (Facebook.com/ProudParalympian) for it to be entered into the competition. Video submissions posted on Twitter and Instagram can be posted on your own timeline, providing it is a public account.
• You must follow @ProudPara on Twitter, and @ProudParalympian on Facebook and Instagram to enable us to contact you via direct message / Messenger.
• Competition terms and conditions are available here.
Does my entry have to be in English?
Videos are encouraged to be submitted in English although other languages are eligible for entry.
Can I submit my entry as part of a team?
No, joint submissions and entries on behalf of another person are not allowed. Entries must be submitted by the athletes themselves.
What are the rules on branding and third party goods in the video?
Videos should not feature any branded product or equipment other than Samsung.
Does my entry require any approval?
All successful athletes must be approved by their National Paralympic Committee before they can become a Samsung Paralympic Blogger.
What is Proud Paralympian?
Proud Paralympian is the IPC’s global athlete education programme, supported by the Agitos Foundation. The programme aims to inspire and empower Para athletes and Paralympians around the world to live the values of the Paralympic Movement – courage, determination, inspiration and equality – both on and off the field of play.
Proud Paralympian believes that you can make a difference by changing perceptions, contributing towards a more inclusive society by redefining the limits of what is possible.
Find out more here.
Where will my video be shown?
Videos may be shown across all IPC channels and through third party channels, including (but not exclusive to) media outlets, broadcasters and commercial partners of the IPC.
Will I be trained on blogging at PyeongChang 2018?
Yes, all successful athletes will be provided with new equipment and trained on being a Samsung Paralympic Blogger for PyeongChang 2018.