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As a part of The Center for Public Health Initiatives' Creative Action: The Arts in Public Health seminar series, the CPHI is sponsoring a Public Health category of the Sparky Awards at Penn.

The Sparky Awards at Penn, hosted by Penn Libraries' Weigle Information Commons, is a local chapter of the larger national video contest, the Sparky Awards. This national contest is sponsored by theAssociation of College and Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries and other national organizations.

Co-sponsors of the Penn chapter of the video contest include: Center for Public Health Initiatives & the Cinema Studies Department.

For information regarding the 2009 Sparky Awards at Penn, please visit the Weigle Information Commons' website here.

Public Health Category

Theme: The Value of Information Sharing for the Field of Public Health

Information sharing can be a vital tool in helping to address complex problems that challenge society - like disease, hunger, global warming, and economic disparity. The sharing of ideas gives us ways to discover, collaborate, and create in unprecedented ways.

For the Public Health Category of the 2009 Sparky Awards at Penn, please submit a short 2 minute (or less) video, which innovately illustrates the value of information sharing to the field of Public Health.

What is Public Health?

Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Public health professionals analyze the effect on health of genetics, personal choice and the environment in order to develop programs that protect the health of your family and community. (

For a great example of the use of video and information sharing to promote public health, please visit the "This is Public Health" campaign at

Contest Rules

Videos must be:

  • No more than two minutes long
  • Have been created after January 1, 2009
  • Narrated or subtitled in English
  • Posted on the internet and available for public use under a Creative Commons license which requires proper attribution of all copyrighted work (video, audio, images, text, etc.) used in the making of the video.
  • Submitted online on or before December 5, 2009


This contest is open to all University of Pennsylvania students.

If you are a high school or college student at another university, you may enter your video independently to the national Sparky Awards contest. More information can be found at

Prize details

The judging panel of faculty and students will select one video as the overall winner and one video for the Public Health Category. Each winner will receive a videocamera or similar item valued at up to $500, and the same video could be chosen for both awards. A People's Choice contest will be conducted with online voting, and the People's Choice award winner will receive an iPod Shuffe.

All entries to the Sparky Awards at Penn will be entered in the national Sparky Awards contest which offers a grand prize of $1,000 cash award, video-editing software and hardware.