C-SPAN StudentCam

What is StudentCam?

StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Each year students are asked to create a short (5-8 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme provided by C-SPAN.

Competition Requirements

  • The competition is open to all students in grades 6-12. Grades 6-8 compete in the Middle School category,
    and grades 9-12 compete in the High School category.
  • Students may compete individually, or in teams of either 2 or 3 members.
  • All documentaries must contain a small amount of supporting C-SPAN footage that relates to the chosen topic.Downloadable C-SPAN footage can be found here.
  • C-SPAN’s philosophy is to show varying sides of each issue. Winning StudentCam documentaries will also show varying sides related to the chosen topic.
  • Documentaries must be between 5-8 minutes. End credits, if applicable, may run longer than the 8 minute time frame.
  • Entries must contain either end credits or a works cited list. A works cited list may be emailed to
  • educate@c-span.org
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    Check out the winning entries from previous contests!

    2012 Winner

    Winner 2011

    Winner 2010

    Click HERE to view.

    Winner 2009

    Click HERE to view.

    Winners 2008

    Click HERE to view.

    Winners 2007

    Click HERE to view.

    2006 Winners

    Click HERE to view.

    For a complete list of competition rules for the 2013 contest, click HERE.