The story of your stuff

Your entry

Need inspiration for getting started on your entry? You’re in the right place! Here you’ll find the 2017 winning video as well as some tips from our campaign ambassador Easkey Britton on what makes a great entry. Don’t forget to keep your video short and sweet – less than 90 seconds!




Easkey's Tips

Find your passion!

As a surfer, I’m passionate about the ocean and have based my career as a Marine Scientist around appreciating the ocean and our environment. I do this to inspire everyone to treat our ocean with respect and not take it for granted. The best way to ensure you give this project your all is to make it personal to you and your passion! So when you’re thinking of which object to choose, consider what you’re most passionate about? Writing? Then why not tell the story of pen! Music? Tell us the story of a drum stick! Sports? Why not discover the story behind your wetsuit or football?

Get researching!

Picked an object? Now do some research, investigate its lifecycle and think about ways to tell it through video. Google it, use the links on this website and talk to your teacher!

Be a story teller!

Brainstorm with your team about the kind of video you want to create and how you can tell the object's story in an engaging way. Make sure you’ve got a creative story that conveys the message you want to get across. It doesn’t matter how well shot a movie is or how great the actors are, if the story is boring the viewer may switch off. Remember, we want your video to inspire environmental change!

Go full circle!

When telling your object’s story, think about its full lifecycle not just how it originated. Where does your object go after its initial use? For example, fishing nets can become ghost nets or can be recycled and turned into swimwear! Think of it from a 'cradle-to-cradle' perspective!

You have a camera in your pocket!

Don’t worry about not having an expensive camera, almost everyone has a HD camera in their pockets these days thanks to their mobile phone. Even huge news media outlets broadcast live segments on their phones! If it’s good enough for the 9 o’clock news, it’s good enough for you!

On the flip side!

Shoot in landscape and not in portrait, it’ll make your video look more professional.

Editing made easy!

Struggling with editing? Why not record your video as a snapchat story, that way you can download the whole thing. Then you can easily add text and filters to the video. If you want to do more advanced editing you can download editing apps such as iMovie app from the app store which will allow you do more precise editing and add lots of text.

Consider your audio!

Always consider your audio, if there are people speaking in your video make sure you record in an environment where there isn’t too much background noise and it’s not too windy or you might not be able to hear them properly.

Short and sweet

Make sure to keep your videos short, entries should be no more than 90 seconds!

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“Surfing the waves is my passion and the ocean is my second home. I can’t imagine my life without the sea. I feel a responsibility to protect it and it breaks my heart to see how our actions and behaviours damage and pollute our seas, shores and waterways. Every plastic bottle, every coffee cup and plastic bag that enters the ocean causes damage to the life that lives and breathes within the ocean. Ultimately we all lose out by this harm to our environment. We can all do our part to protect our environment in some small way and collectively make a difference. The Story of Your Stuff inspires us to think about how we might do that, by taking the items that we use everyday and considering where they come from, how we use them and how we treat them when we no longer have use for them. Based on last years entries I can’t wait to hear your stories and see them come to life through video. Ádh mór, best of luck!”

Easkey Britton

Dr. Easkey Britton is an internationally renowned professional surfer, artist, scientist and explorer from Donegal. Her parents taught her to surf when she was four years old and her life has revolved around the ocean ever since. She pioneered women’s big-wave surfing in Ireland as the first woman to surf Aileens at the Cliffs of Moher and Mullaghmore, where her performances have earned her international recognition including a prestigious Global WSL Big Wave nomination (the Oscars of big wave surfing!). Easkey is a five-time Irish national surf champion, and holds a Ph.D. in Marine Environment and Society, but her real work lies in promoting a healthy relationship between people and the sea by using her passion for the ocean to jump-start social change.

Her ground-breaking journey to Iran in 2013 introduced the sport of surfing to women and local communities and is featured in the award-winning documentary film, "Into the Sea”. Easkey has co-organised and facilitated international gatherings around the world promoting social change and leadership including the world's first global Surf + Social Good Summit in Indonesia, 2015. Named an ‘Agent of Change’ by Surfer magazine in their special Ocean Edition, surfing is Easkey’s active metaphor for life. An inspirational public speaker, her work and unique connection to the ocean led her to being asked to talk at TEDx Dublin.

Currently a post-doctoral research fellow at NUI Galway, Britton co-leads the interdisciplinary NEAR-Health work package on nature-based solutions: a framework to use coastal blue space to restore health and wellbeing. Last year, she founded Like Water, a platform to explore innovative ways to reconnect with who we are, our environment and each other, through water.