2023 Student Video Contest: Our Urban Forest

The District challenged students to submit videos about the benefits our urban forest provides to the community and the importance of protecting our urban forest from the impacts of climate change and property development.

Over 130 students registered to participate, and 60 videos were entered in the contest. 

The entries were judged by members of District council and staff and a team from the School District, with the top-10 videos receiving prizes. 

The judging criteria included creativity, a clear message, technical quality, and whether the students displayed an understanding of the theme and key messages.

 Thank you to everyone who participated and sent in videos. The videos were imaginative and inspiring! 

Top 10 video entries

1st place ($250): 
Natalia Kurzecki of École Pauline Johnson Elementary School (Grade 6)
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2nd place ($200):
Alston Li and Alaina Li of École Pauline Johnson Elementary School (Grade 4 and 1)
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3rd place ($150):
Athena Bennett of West Vancouver Secondary School (Grade 12)
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4th place ($100):
Skyler Ellis and Hayden Fung of Hollyburn Elementary School (Grade 7)
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5th place ($50):
Sufi Oveisi of West Vancouver Secondary School (Grade 10)
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6th place ($50):
Ava Hiah of Irwin Park Elementary (Grade 4)
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7th place ($50):
Gloria Collins of Ridgeview Elementary School (Grade 7)
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8th place ($50):
Grazia Zhang of Ridgeview Elementary School (Grade 7)
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9th place ($50):
Elise Wong of Ridgeview Elementary School (Grade 7)
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10th place ($50):
Tiam Mirabedin, Eric Gia, Diako Maleki of Chartwell Elementary (Grade 5 and 6)
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View YouTube playlist of top 10 entries


When putting your video together remember to focus on this year’s theme—Our Urban Forest. Be sure to spend some time thinking about the story you want to tell and how you are going to tell it. If you’re looking for some more information and inspiration to help get you started, check out the winning videos from past contests and the links below.

Fun facts

  • West Vancouver’s urban forest includes all trees, vegetation, and soil found within parks, along streets, in surrounding forests, and on private property in the District. 
  • Our urban forest has changed significantly over the last few centuries. What we now call the urban forest was once made up of towering old-growth forests and dense riparian ecosystems that have been stewarded by the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh Nation), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam Nation) since time immemorial.
  • In 2021, tree canopy cover was 51% of the total developed land area in the District
  • Our urban forest is an asset that provides important benefits to our community, including clean water supply, stormwater management, clean air, carbon sequestration, habitat, and recreation.
  • Our urban forest also provides many intangible benefits such as providing aesthetic value to the community, strengthening social connections, and establishing a spiritual connection with the land.
  • Our urban forest is being impacted by climate change (heat, drought, storms, diseases, pests) and development activities (new construction).
  • The District is developing an Urban Forest Management Plan to protect, enhance, and maintain the health of West Vancouver's urban forest over the next 15 years and beyond. 
  • Protecting and growing a healthy urban forest will help offset the impacts of climate change because our urban forest provides climate regulating services like cooling and shade during hot summer days, stormwater mitigation, and capturing pollutants.

Contest rules & regulations