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Seal Hunt Video Uproar Contest

A Worldwide Creative Protest Against Canada's Seal Hunt

The contest is now over. Thank you to everyone who entered.


View the winners and all entries here.


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The Basics


Start date:

March 19, 2014

Entries must be received by:

May 24, 2014, 11:59:00 pm PDT (UTC-7)

Types of Entries:

  • Videos
  • Music Videos
  • Animations
  • Original songs
  • Digital art
  • Traditional art (paintings, murals, sculptures)

See official rules for details.


How to submit your entry:

Submit videos and music videos here.

This process takes several steps, and some are not obvious. So we've written detailed instructions.



Submit songs, animations, and digital art with the widget below:

Please include your phone number and address in the message.



Or submit songs, animations, and digital art on CD or DVD by snail mail.

Submit traditional art (paintings, murals, sculptures, etc.) by snail mail.



First Prize

$300 in cash, plus goodie bag, including 2 t-shirts, special custom original Seal Rock, seal plush doll, coupons for free boxes of Sophie's Kitchen vegan seafood, and more!

Second Prize

$150 in cash, plus goodie bag, including t-shirt, special custom original Seal Rock, seal plush doll, coupons for free boxes of Sophie's Kitchen vegan seafood, and more!

Third Prize

$75 in cash, plus goodie bag, including t-shirt, special custom original Seal Rock, seal plush doll, coupons for free boxes of Sophie's Kitchen vegan seafood, and more!


Resources that you can use in your work

We have some photos of seals and sealing. If you want to use any of them, include the copyright information, and get permission from the creator.

We recommend contacting HSUS or IFAW if you wish to obtain other photos or video clips.

Otherwise, if you do not receive permission to use these photos from their creators, consider the issues pertaining to 'fair use' as summarized below.

If you send us an entry that uses media without permissions, and we do not believe that it would pass the Fair Use tests, we may seek to obtain permissions ourselves, or we may exclude your entry from the contest.

Here is some information from Wikipedia on the Fair Use doctrine.

The key issues in determining whether any use of copyrighted material is considered fair use are

  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for non-profit educational purposes
  • the nature of the copyrighted work
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

Here is further information on another angle of fair use, 'transformative use', that resulted from a Supreme Court case.


How your entry will be judged

Judging will be based on the following criteria:

  • Power to inspire action for seals
  • Usefulness for the campaign
  • Creativity
  • Accuracy


Official Rules


This contest is open to anyone in the world of any age; however, minors must have the consent of their parent(s) or guardian(s) to enter the contest. You may enter as many times with as many different types of entry as you wish.


Acceptable formats for videos and music videos are avi, flv, wmv, mov, and mp4.

Acceptable formats for songs (audio only) are mp3, wma, aiff, or wav.

Acceptable formats for animations are fla,swf, and apng, or save it in a video format (see above).

Acceptable formats for digital art are jpg, gif, png, psd, bmp, tiff, and svg.

Time Limits on Content

Videos, music videos, and songs must be between 30 second and 5 minutes in length.


The work must be original, and you must have the full rights to share it.

The work must not violate copyrights or trademarks.

The work must not contain defamatory language or slander.

The work must not contain threats.

The work must not contain any pornography.

The work must not violate any laws, including privacy laws.


The judging panel will consist of Harpseals.org board members, officers, and core volunteers.

See above for the criteria on which your entry will be judged.

Prize Issuance and Notification

Prize winners will be notified by email, phone, or snail mail. Please provide your phone number and mailing address when you submit your entry.

Winners will be required to fill out and return an affidavit, in which they warrant that their submission conforms to our requirements, allow us to use their work for our campaign, release us of any liability, and grant us permission to use their names and home towns in displays, promotion of the contest, and our campaigns.

If a winner fails to return the signed affidavit (signed by a parent or guardian, if the winner is a minor), within 2 weeks of our sending the affidavit, Harpseals.org may award the prize to an alternative winner.

Originally, prizes were to be mailed to the winners by May 30, 2014. Due to the extension of the contest, prizes winners will be notified by June 3rd. After we receive required affidavits, we will send out the prizes to our winners.


By participating in this contest, to the extent permitted by law, entrants agree to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Harpseals.org, contest sponsors, and related entities.

By participating in this contest, entrants agree to indemnify Harpseals.org and its sponsors against third party claims for damages arising from or related to contest activities.

By participating in this contest, entrants agree to abide by all restrictions.


Entrants waive any right to royalties for the use of their work.


Entrants' names and home towns will be displayed, if their work is displayed on our website or one of the websites that Harpseals.org is utilizing for this contest.

Harpseals.org will not share address, phone, or email information with others; however, when submitting information on one of the websites that we are utilizing for this contest (vimeo, filemail), their privacy policies apply.


Taxes are the sole responsibility of the winners.

Right to Terminate, Modify, or Cancel

Harpseals.org reserves the right to terminate, modify, or cancel this contest if entries received do not meet our requirements or expected level of effort.

Winners List

A list of winners will be posted on Harpseals.org. You may also send us an email to receive the list.



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