American Conservation Film Festival Announces NextGen Capture Conservation Video Contest Winners

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA —The American Conservation Film Festival today announced the winners of the spring NextGen Capture Conservation Video Contest. A group from the Locust Grove Nature Camp wins the Grand Prize for Creek Animals and How to Save Them. Prizes were also awarded in four other categories.

The contest invites young people, ages 5 to 18, to create and submit a short video capturing what conservation and their relationship to nature and the world around them means to them. Contest categories are awarded by age group, group project and grand prize. The winner of each category is awarded a $100 prize, and the grand prize winner is awarded $250 and an i-Pad mini. The primary criteria by which the videos are judged is the strength of the conservation message and how the video conveys the relationship between young people and their environment.

The winners of the spring NextGen Capture Conservation Video Contest in each category are as follows:

Grand Prize and Group Winner:  Bryce Coppenger (13), Emmett Delly (9), Lauren Zeigler (11), and Paige Coppenger (11) for Creek Animals and How to Save Them.  The film was created while attending Locust Grove Nature Camp.

Ages 10 & Under: Amelia Humphreys (10) for Waste-Ed.

Ages 11 to 14:  Ksusha Lowry-Neufeld (14) for Reuse, Recyle, Reinvent.

Ages 15 to 18: Emily Kaltenbaugh (16) for Teens Think.

All of the video submissions can be viewed on the ACFF Next Gen Vimeo page here:

The American Conservation Film Festival’s Next Gen Capture Conservation Contest was launched in the spring of 2017 when nearly 30 generous donors at ACFF’s annual spring fundraising party stepped up to support this new project designed to engage students 18 and under in conservation issues and storytelling.  Depending on continued support, this will be an ongoing program with two deadlines each year and cash prizes awarded to winners in four categories. 

“We are thrilled to provide this contest to students, especially during a time when young people are taking a stand on issues that are directly affecting them, and the environment is top among those issues. We are proud to provide a platform for them to be heard,” said Jennifer Lee, executive director of the American Conservation Film Festival.

Select films will be featured at special festival screenings or other events throughout the year, and all entries will be added to the American Conservation Film Festival’s dedicated youth film archive to gather the perspective of young people’s relationship to their environment and conservation. The grand prize winning film will be screened at the upcoming ACFF Ready to Roar spring fundraising party, April 28.

The next deadline for the NextGen Capture Conservation Video Contest is September 1, 2018.  For submission details and information, visit

The American Conservation Film Festival is in its 16th year of presenting the best conservation films on a diverse range of topics from the region and around the world, hosting a filmmakers’ workshop, and offering special screening events in the tri-state area throughout the year. This year’s festival runs October 12-14 in Shepherdstown, with an encore weekend of award-winning films on October 19-21. ACFF has received over 240 film submissions from 30 countries this year and is now in the process of film and programming selection.