"I Am the Appalachian Trail" Video Contest

Published Jul 12, 2013

The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a portal to lifelong dreams and aspirations. I am the AT video contest

The AT is a sub-culture.

The AT is both ethereal and accessible.

The AT is also a very cool hiking path.

The AT was conceived and created by dreamers. It is maintained by volunteers who give their time and effort to keep the trail open and safe -- generation after generation. Trail Angels, indeed.

Together, those who love the Appalachian Trail are the Appalachian Trail.

The official caretakers of the AT -- the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) -- organizes and inspires all kinds of people who love the AT. Their latest inspiration? A contest for the best video, three minutes or less, that answers this question:

How are you a part of the Appalachian Trail?

The ATC even offers a few seed thoughts to get started:

  • What makes you a part of the AT community?
  • Are you a day, weekend, section, or thru hiker?
  • Do you volunteer on the Trail?
  • Do you share your passion for the AT with friends and family?
  • Do you teach visitors and hikers about best Leave No Trace(TM) practices?
  • Do you lead nature walks?
  • Are you active in an Appalachian Trail Community(TM)?
  • Do you create art (drawings, paintings, photographs, music, films, plays, books, etc.) based on the AT?

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will award prizes for the top three videos. The Grand Prize winner's video will be honored several ways:

  1. It will be screened at ATC's 2014 Membership Drive.
  2. The winner will receive an ATC ENO(TM) hammock.
  3. The winner will be featured in A.T. Journeys (The Official Magazine of the A.T.).
  4. The video will be highlighted on ATC's social media pages.

The Basics

  • To submit your video, visit ATC's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ATHike). Click on the tab marked "Video Contest."
  • Videos will be accepted from Monday, July 8, 2013 through Sunday, September 15, 2013.
  • Voting will take place from Monday, September 16, 2013 until Friday, November 8, 2013.
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, November 11, 2013.
  • To see last year's winner, click here.

Rules and Requirements

  • Participants must answer the question: "How are you a part of the Appalachian Trail?"
  • Participants may only submit one video
  • Any video conflicting with Leave No Trace(TM) principles will be disqualified. For information on LNT(TM) visit: www.appalachiantrail.org/LNT.
  • Inappropriate material is strictly prohibited and will not be displayed for voting. This includes and is not limited to nudity, profanity, illegal activity, etc.
  • The video must fall within time length restrictions (30-second minimum, 3-minute maximum).
  • Videos must be submitted using a YouTube or Vimeo URL.


Visit ATC's Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/ATHike) to upload your video. Click on the "Video Contest" tab. Click "Enter," fill out the required information, upload your video and click "Submit."

Each submission will be reviewed by the ATC to ensure the content is appropriate and adheres to the rules of the contest. Once approved, videos will be displayed before the voting starts on September 16, 2013. This process may cause a slight delay, so do not be alarmed if your video isn't visible directly following submission.


  • Video Submission: Monday, July 8, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013.
  • All submissions must be uploaded by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, September 15, 2013.
  • Voting Period: Monday, September 16, 2013 - Friday, November 8, 2013
  • All votes must be cast by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, November 8, 2013.
  • The winners will be announced: Monday, November 11, 2013


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

First Place

  • Video screening at the ATC 2014 Membership Drive
  • Custom ATC ENO hammock, courtesy of ENO(TM)
  • Featured in A.T. Journeys (Official Magazine of the A.T.)
  • Video featured on the ATC's social media pages
  • 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

Winner Notification

Winners will be notified via email, which must be provided with every entry.

Terms & Conditions

Every entrant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules:

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), Administrator, Judge, and retail partners involved with this Promotion assume no liability or responsibility for the prizes once they have been awarded to the winning entrants. Additionally, the winner shall hold harmless the ATC, Administrator, and all retail or promotional partners involved with this promotion and waive any and all claims of liability arising directly or indirectly from participation in the Promotion or any prizes awarded.

The ATC reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, or suspend this Promotion should one or more computer viruses, malicious computer code, non-authorized human intervention, or other causes beyond their control, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Promotion. Any entrant who submits a virus, malicious code, malware or otherwise attempts to interfere, impede or disrupt ATC's website will be disqualified.

The ATC reserves the right to make changes in the Official Rules of the contest, including substitution of a prize or a portion of the prize of equivalent value, which will become effective upon announcement, without the requirement to notify entrants or others. Such change shall occur only on the Official Rules posted on the Promotion entry web site.

The ATC, Administrator, Judge, and retail and promotional Partners are not responsible for typographical or other errors in the printing, the offering or the administration of the Promotion, or in the announcement of a prize. The ATC reserves the right to remove videos submitted to the competition at any time.

The ATC shall not be liable for any damages, whether direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential, relating to the participation or inability to participate in this Promotion. Some states do not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability for incidental or consequential damages; so the above may not apply to you.

The ATC will obtain full rights to any videos uploaded and submitted into this contest. The ATC will also have the ability to make any alterations to the video and display the video to the public to help raise awareness and support for the Appalachian Trail and the ATC. The ATC does not have to notify the contestant of these changes or when the video will be displayed to the public.

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Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, Appalachian Trail Community, US Forest Service, and Appalachian Trail Clubs

About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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