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Contest Description

The primary goal of Project Reason is to spread scientific thinking and secular values. We invited you to help us further our work by submitting a short video that conveys the message of the foundation.

The prize for the Winning Video of 2012 was $10,000.

The prize for Second Place was $4,000.

The prize for Third Place was $1,000.

Voting on the finalists began on July 16, 2012 and ended on July 23, 2012.

You can also check out the 2011 and 2010 winners.

Artist: Michael Christian | Photo: Michael Holden

Contest Dates (all in North American Pacific Time)
Submit beginning:6.1.2012 11:49 am
Submit until:6.30.2012 11:49 am
Vote begins:7.16.2012 11:49 am
Vote until:7.23.2012 11:49 am

Rules and Restrictions

  • Make a short video that in some way communicates the importance of critical thinking. Post it on YouTube (or some other video-sharing site) and submit the code for the embedded video on the contest submission form.
  • Please DO NOT incorporate the Project Reason logo or name into your video or otherwise associate your work with the work of the foundation.
  • To be eligible, your video can be no more than 1 minute and 30 seconds in length.
  • Videos can be live-action or animated, serious or funny.
  • The contest is open to residents of the US, UK, and Canada. (Why not everyone?)
  • All entries must be submitted by June 30, 2012.
  • Voting on the finalists will begin on July 16, 2012 and will end on July 23, 2012.
  • Read the full contest rules.

You need to be a logged-in member of Project Reason to enter this contest. Become a member of Project Reason.



This contest has ended.

Check out our winners!

Big One

Grand Prize Winner!


Created By Risenape.
Submitted on 06.29.2012

Without determined principals we are destined to stagnate as a civilization. This piece soberly presents the two sides to many issues facing modern society for what they are in their simplest terms.

Big Two

Second Place Winner!

Genesis Creation Visualized - Scientifically

Created By TheSkepticalMagician.
Submitted on 06.26.2012

Our powerful telescopes are literal time machines that allow us to look back through millions of years to watch the evolution of the Universe unfold.  How might the first chapter of the Bible look if the Genesis creation narrative were an accurate and literal account of the creation of the Cosmos?  Enjoy this visual re-write of Genesis to see a more scientifically accurate, and poetic account of “Biblical Creation.”

[Note: this video was removed from Vimeo some time after the contest ended.]

Big Three

Third Place Winner!

Dogmatism Is Not Patriotic

Created By spetz4.
Submitted on 06.30.2012

Contrary to a growing belief, America was not founded on Religious principles.