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Winners Announced for 2020 BPM Student Challenge

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The 2020 BPM Student Challenge has been judged, and the first and second prize winners have been chosen. It was a tough decision with many excellent entries in a wide variety of formats and media - websites, videos, written work and even a painting. In addition to the 1st and 2nd prize winners, the judges have also selected six Highly Commended entries with links to their work below.

Entries were required to address the question:

Your media life under lockdown - was media useful or a distraction?

And the winner is:

Elke Koehn from Wakatipu High School - Year 12 elke 3.jpg

Prize - $1,000

The winning entry is a 17 minute video called 'TikTok isn't a waste of time', in which Elke explains the power, versatility and usefulness of TikTok during lockdown.

The judges said:


"This video was the most enlightening of all entries, as it presented new information and perspectives. We learnt a great deal about TikTok, which we had previously dismissed as being rather sallow and short-lived. Even though we still reserve doubts about the transformative possibilities of any technology, there does seem to be something in alt-TikTok.


This entry prompted the most reflection for us. Technically, it could have been better (lighting, wearing the microphone) but we think that content is its primary strength. Elke acknowledges all her sources."


Congratulations Elke!


The win means that Wakatipu High School wins the school prize of $500 for its Media Studies Department. Hopefully it goes towards some video equipment rather than a night out for the teachers!


Here's a link to this excellent video. Enjoy!



2nd prize goes to:


Sophie Stalker from Cashmere High School - Year 13

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Prize - $500


Sophie wrote an excellent essay called 'Media Mania'.


The judges said:


"A sophisticated essay with well-developed arguments, which we could regard as higher-level under-graduate, rather than high school level. With references to including Nicholas Carr, Amy Morton, Marshall McLuhan and the nucleus accumbens, Sophie draws together a compelling argument. We think there are sufficient personal musings to balance the more theoretical material. Excellent writing."


Congratulations Sophie!

Highly Commended (in no particular order):
Tasman Keenan and friends - Year 12, Kamo High School - Video titled 'An insight on my experiences during lockdown'
Monika Koster - Year 13, Riccarton High School - Painting titld 'Connected'
Martha Cabout - Year 13, Christchurch Girls High - Video titled 'My So-Called Media Lifev(under lockdown)'
Mark Marasigan - Year 12, Kamo High School - Website titled 'Mark Francis' note the password is 12345
Fineen Hingston - Year 12, Wakatipu High School - essay titled 'Life Uploaded'
Anthony Cole - Year 12, Putaruru College - Video titled 'Teachers Are Not Superstars But We Can Make Them'
Candidates were asked to submit an entry in the form of an essay, video, report or any type of 'content'.
Judging was carried out by BPM Trustees. The Judges' decisions is final.

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