The 2015 A Voice for Animals Contest is now open for submissions. Now in its 26th year, the contest affords teens (ages 14-18) an opportunity to investigate the causes of animal suffering and explore potential solutions. Submissions will be accepted May 15 through August 15, and the winners will be announced no later than November 6, 2015.

 

This year, A Voice for Animals Contest has two entrant categories:

  • Entrants in the 14-15 year old category are invited to write an essay that addresses either the mistreatment of one animal species or one cause of animal suffering, or the preservation of one species threatened with extinction, occurring anywhere in the world, and potential solutions to the issue.
  • Entrants in the 16-18 year old category must become involved in a project (new or pre-existing) that addresses either the mistreatment of one animal species or one cause of animal suffering, or the preservation of one species threatened with extinction, occurring anywhere in the world. Students must submit either 1) a written essay with accompanying photos, or 2) an original video.

 

Eligibility

 

  • Participants must be 14-18 years old and attending middle, or high school (or the equivalent, if not attending school in the United States) or home-schooled on the date the contest opens for entries. No exceptions!
  • The contest is open to all otherwise eligible students worldwide regardless of nationality, citizenship or country of residence.

 

Submission Format

 

All submissions must be entered using the online form. Essays submitted by any other means (for example, via e-mail or the postal service) will not be accepted.

 

Essay files will be uploaded directly to our website via the entry form. If applicable, video and photographic submissions will require that you provide a URL to your submission. The entry form explains how to obtain, copy and paste the required URL into the entry form.

 

Prizes

 

Prizes totaling $5000 will be awarded to high school students whose entries best promote the humane treatment of animals, including:

 

$750

First Prize (Video by 16-18 year old)

$500

Second Prize (Video by 16-18 year old)

$400

Third Prize (Video by 16-18 year old)

$500

First Prize (Essay/Photographs by 16-18 year old)

$300

Second Prize (Essay/Photographs by 16-18 year old)

$200

Third Prize (Essay/Photographs by 16-18 year old)

$350

First Prize (Essay by 14-15 year old)

$250

Second Prize (Essay by 14-15 year old)

$150

Third Prize (Essay by 14-15 year old)

 

Prizes will also be awarded for submissions demonstrating outstanding active involvement by 15-16 year olds.

 

$500

First Prize (Personal Involvement Project by 15-16 year old)

$400

Second Prize (Personal Involvement Project by 15-16 year old)

$300

Third Prize (Personal Involvement Project by 15-16 year old)

 

 

Contestants are strongly advised to read all of the rules.

 

Help encourage the next generation of animal advocates! Please share this information with interested teens. And check out the Humane Education Network’s website for some inspiring stories about what past winners have done to help animals.

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Coates

 

 

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