Sigma Delta Pi and Vista Higher Learning’s 2018 Video Contest

                                               Vista2                Sigma Delta Pi


Pride of Sigma Delta Pi Membership

Official Contest Rules & Guidelines


a. General

i. Participation is open to active chapters of Sigma Delta Pi.
ii. One video is permissible per active chapter of Sigma Delta Pi.
iii. Prize money will be awarded to the chapter named in the entry form submission.
iv. Complete submissions must be received between February 28 and March 15, 2018 using the online entry form.

b. Video Production

i. Videos must not exceed 1 minute in length.
ii. Videos must be in a format acceptable for YouTube.
iii. The video must be appropriate for all ages.
iv. No commercial content is permitted (music, video, animation). (Evidence of rights will be verified before a video is declared a winner.)
v. Videos must be developed by students for a broad student audience. No professional (paid) assistance may be used in production of the video, or the entry may be disqualified.

c. Content

i. Must address the contest theme of “Pride of Sigma Delta Pi Membership”
ii. Must be appropriate for all audiences.
iii. Must not include the names of participating students; winning videos will be labeled by submitting student’s(s’) and the active chapter’s name, institution, city and state as specified on the online entry form.
iv. Must be original content authored, composed and performed by students identified in the entry form as participants, except for third party content for which the rightful owner has granted permission, in writing, (x) to incorporate the third party content (including, for example, background music and art work) into your video entry, (y) to reproduce and distribute such incorporated third party content through YouTube and Sigma Delta Pi’s and Vista’s websites, (z) to grant to Sigma Delta Pi and Vista the license rights described in Section 7, below.


a. Content

i. Did the video address the theme of the contest?
ii. Was the information clear and well expressed?
iii. Would this video resonate with members of Sigma Delta Pi and students of Spanish?

b. Creativity

i. Was there unexpected or innovative use of video that enhanced the power of your message? (creativity of execution)
ii. Did the message provide a new perspective? (creativity of idea)
iii. Did the total video presentation display a combined innovative use of design, materials, and ideas? (creativity of total product)

c. Overall effectiveness of delivery

i. Was there one key message, clearly stated?
ii. How engaging was the message?
iii. Is the viewer compelled to keep watching?

d. Technical quality for videos

i. Lighting, Sound, Editing*
*poor sound quality can adversely affect all other judging criteria


a. To submit a video you must sign up for YouTube, which means you must create a free Google Account that you can use to access YouTube and accept the Google Terms of Service (, Google Privacy Policy (, and YouTube Privacy Policy ( No premium or paid subscription is required.

b. Each entry must be uploaded to YouTube and made accessible to the public. A valid and active Google account is required.

c. Your video entry must contain “Sigma Delta Pi-Vista Higher Learning 2018 Video Contest” in the title of the video posted on YouTube. The format for the title should be: Sigma Delta Pi-Vista Higher Learning Video Contest | Your Unique Video Title.

d. For your video entry to be considered in the contest, you must submit the online entry form and provide Vista all required information.

Further information concerning participants could be requested as described below.

e. If your video entry is deleted from YouTube prior to June 1, 2018 or the end of the judging period, the video will not be considered for a prize.


a. Sigma Delta Pi and Vista will designate as “Finalists” up to four (4) video entries submitted for the contest. The persons/chapter identified as submitters of each entry selected as a Finalist will be contacted by Vista and asked to send to Vista, via e-mail, copies of all required Participant Video Release forms, as well as certain other documentation reasonably requested by Vista. A Participant Video Release form will be provided via email and must be completed by each person appearing in or involved with the production of the entry. Failure to deliver to Vista the required documents within three (3) days of notification may result in disqualification of your entry.

b. Winning entrants will be required to provide Vista with an acceptable copy of the entry in one of the following formats: .MOV or .MP4.

5. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES – By entering the Contest, you represent and warrant that the video entry complies with the Contest Rules and Entry Guidelines and that:

a. You own or have the necessary licenses, rights, consents, and permissions to reproduce, distribute and publicly perform works of authorship or other content, including music, and images or likeness of any person, contained in your video entry, and you have the right under all patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights to grant to Vista the licenses described in Section 7, below;

b. Your video entry complies with the YouTube Terms of Service (;

c. At the time of entry or any time thereafter, your video entry does not contravene any contractual, legal or other obligation;

d. At the time of entry or any time thereafter, your video entry does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party;

e. Your video entry does not contain any pornographic, obscene, or defamatory materials;

f. Use of the video by Sigma Delta Pi and Vista, as contemplated by the Rules, will not infringe any copyrights, rights of publicity or any other rights of any person, living or dead. The video and materials used are not subject to any prior agreements that would limit the scope of the permission granted to Sigma Delta Pi and Vista under the Rules; and

g. You have complied with all relevant laws, rules and regulations in the production of your video entry.


a. Vista will grant up to four (4) $500 prizes for each of the top four (4) Sigma Delta Pi chapter-video entries selected by Sigma Delta Pi and Vista. The monetary award goes to the chapter in question.

b. If four (4) video entries are not submitted that meet the Judging Criteria, Sigma Delta Pi and Vista retain the right to award zero (0) to three (3) prizes.


a. In consideration for your chapter’s participation in the contest, you, on behalf of yourself and the participants listed in the entry form, hereby grant to Sigma Delta Pi and Vista a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual (for the duration of the applicable copyright), sub-licensable and transferable license to exercise the rights in your video entry as stated below:

i. to reproduce the video;
ii. to create and reproduce derivative works of the video; and
iii. to distribute copies of, display publicly, perform publicly, and perform publicly by means of a digital audio transmission the video and any derivative works of the video.

b. For the avoidance of doubt, where the video entry incorporates a musical composition, your chapter, you and each participant named in your entry form waive any exclusive right to collect royalties for the public performance or public digital performance (e.g., webcast) of the video or any derivative works of the video.

c. For the avoidance of doubt, where the video entry is deemed a sound recording, your chapter, you and the participants named in your entry form waive any exclusive right to collect, whether individually or via a performance-rights society, royalties for the public digital performance (e.g., webcast) of the video, subject to the compulsory license created by 17 USC Section 114 of the US Copyright Act (or the equivalent in other jurisdictions).

d. The above rights may be exercised in all media and formats whether now known or hereafter devised. The above rights include the right to make such modifications as are technically necessary to exercise the rights in other media and formats. All rights not expressly granted by you are hereby reserved.

e. You understand that use of the video by Sigma Delta Pi and Vista may include, but will not be limited to, the following:

i. Initially, your chapter will post the video entry on the YouTube website, which is made publicly available and subject to the applicable rules and licenses; and
ii. The video entry may be reproduced, distributed and modified for use by Sigma Delta Pi and Vista (and its licensees, successors, assigns and affiliates) for promoting the products and services of Vista (and its licensees, successors, assigns and affiliates), including, without limitation, online and offline distribution, display and performance of the video entry or any derivative thereof at educational conferences for world languages. Such conferences target language teachers at the secondary and higher education institutions.

f. Your chapter and you acknowledge that no compensation will be paid for any uses made of the video entry.

g. If the video entry is selected by Sigma Delta Pi and Vista as a Contest winner, your chapter and you understand that the prize will be made payable only to the chapter for whom the active Sigma Delta Pi member(s) submitted the video entry form.

h. Your chapter and you agree to defend and indemnify Sigma Delta Pi and Vista in any claim threatened or asserted against Sigma Delta Pi and Vista by any person regarding the distribution of any prize paid to the person who submitted the video entry form.

i. Your chapter and you hereby waive all rights and release Sigma Delta Pi and Vista (including its officials, employees, representatives, agents, licensees, successors, and assigns) from, and shall neither sue nor bring any proceeding against any such parties for, any claim or cause of action, whether now known or unknown, for defamation, invasion of right to privacy, publicity or personality or any similar matter, or based upon or relating to the use and exploitation of the video entry.

j. By accepting a prize, your chapter and each participant named in your entry form grants to Sigma Delta Pi and Vista the right use his/her name, likeness, hometown and biographical information in advertising and promotion relating to this Contest without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law. By accepting a prize, your chapter and each participant named in your entry form releases Sigma Delta Pi and Vista, including its parents, subsidiaries, employees and officers, affiliates and the agents of any of them, from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damage, cost or expense arising out of the participation in this Contest, or the acceptance, use or misuse of the prize.


8. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The contest is not open to employees of Vista or Sigma Delta Pi, or members of their immediate families. Void where prohibited by law or school regulations.

9. No responsibility is assumed for late, lost, damaged or misdirected entries, or for technical, hardware, software or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the sender or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or used in this Contest that may limit the ability to join or participate, or by any human error that may occur in the processing of the entries in this contest.

10. If for any reason the contest cannot be conducted as described in these rules, Sigma Delta Pi and Vista shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the contest.

11. The decisions of Sigma Delta Pi and Vista with respect to the selection of the winner, and in regard to all matters relating to this contest, shall be final and binding. The winners will be notified by email.

12. All taxes and any other expenses upon the receipt and use of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

13. Sigma Delta Pi and Vista respect the copyrights and other intellectual property rights of third parties and does not endorse, promote, or contribute to the infringement of such third-party rights.  If properly notified that any video submitted as an entry in the contest infringes on another’s intellectual property rights, such video will be removed from consideration. Further, if your video entry violates any provision of the Rules, Sigma Delta Pi and Vista reserve the right to request that the video entry be removed from the YouTube platform.