Submit to the ‘Why Do You Love The Appalachian Trail?’ Video Contest, Have Your Video Screened in Theaters

Published Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

July 19, 2012. To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the completion of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is hosting a video contest to find out what people love most about the A.T. The contest entitled “Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail?” is currently accepting submissions until September 2, 2012. The grand prized winner will receive several prizes including the opportunity to have their video screened in theaters during the ATC’s membership drive this fall. 

With over 2-3 million people hiking the A.T. each year, the ATC is providing the opportunity for the public to share what they enjoy most about the A.T. with the rest of the world.

Videos must be no longer than three minutes and must answer the question, “why do you love the Appalachian Trail?” Each participant can only submit one video and must adhere to the ATC’s Leave No Trace™ principles.

“Everyone has their own reasons for hiking the Appalachian Trail,” said Javier Folgar, Marketing and Communications Manager of the ATC. “This contest provides the opportunity for Appalachian Trail enthusiasts to showcase to the world what the Trail means to them in their lives.”

The ATC’s Facebook fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite videos. The top three videos receiving the largest number of votes will be awarded prizes. The grand prized winner will have their video screened in theaters at this year’s “Discover the Appalachian Trail” fall membership drive. 

Videos will be accepted until September 2, 2012. Voting period begins on September 4 and will run until October 5. The top 3 videos will be announced on Monday, October 8.

“Why Do You Love the Appalachian Trail” – Video Contest Summary:

Rules and Requirements
Participants must answer the question, “Why do you love the A.T.?”
Participants can only submit one video.
Any video conflicting with the ATC’s Leave No Trace™ principles will be disqualified. 
Inappropriate material is strictly prohibited and will not be displayed for voting, which includes, and is not limited to nudity, profanity, illegal activity, etc.
The video must fall within time length restrictions, minimum of 30 seconds and a maximum of 3 minutes.
Videos must be submitted by using a YouTube or Vimeo URL.

Visit ATC’s Facebook page ( to upload your video. Click on the “Video Contest” tab, click “Enter,” fill out the required information, upload your video and click “Submit.”

Video Submission Deadline: Sunday, September 2, 2012
Voting Period: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 – Friday, October 5, 2012
Top Three Videos Announced: Monday, October 8, 2012

Prizes will be awarded for the three videos receiving the highest number of votes.

First Place 
Custom ATC hammock, courtesy of ENO™
Video screened in front of audiences at this year’s Discover the Appalachian Trail: 2012 fall membership drive
Featured in A.T. Journeys (Official magazine of the A.T.)
Video featured on the ATC’s YouTube Page
One-year membership to the ATC

Second Place
ATC themed tote bag
Glow-in-the-dark water bottle
Featured in A.T. Journeys (Official magazine of the A.T.)
One-year membership to the ATC

Third Place
ATC themed hat
Featured in A.T. Journeys (Official magazine of the A.T.)
One-year membership to the ATC

For more information or to submit a video, visit

About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information please visit

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