We are pleased to announce the winners of the
Heads Up Phones Down video contest!

Thanks to all who participated for making the contest a success. 
Contest Re-opens 2023

  2022 Contest Winners & Interviews

Duwan interviews the individaul and group winners of the Heads Up, Phones Down contest

Peoples Choice Winner

Winner: Anvika D. Group Members: Sailaja K., Akshya M., Riona S. School: Richard Montgomery High School Title: Heads Up, Phones Down Video PSA

Individual Winners

Group Winners

  • Grand Prize Winner: Mohit B. Group Members: Ryan N., Agustin S., Aniket B. School: Clarksburg High School Title: Love Can Wait
  • First Runner Up Winner: Alexander R. Group Members: Nicholas B., Julian E. School: Montgomery Blair High School Title: Don’t be like Josh
  • Second Runner Up Winner: Anvika D. Group Members: Sailaja K., Akshya M., Riona S. School: Richard Montgomery High School Title: Heads Up, Phones Down Video PSA

The Prizes

Individual Prizes

Grand Prize - PS5
1st Runner Up - Apple Watch
2nd Runner Up - Tripod for Mobile Phone
People's Choice - $100 Nike Gift Card

Group Prizes (shared by up to 4 team members)

$800 in Amazon Gift Cards
$400 in Amazon Gift Cards
$200 in Amazon Gift Cards
$100 Nike Gift Card (per team member)

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Tips, Rules and Details


  • Speak slowly and clearly so that all your words are understood by the audience and the judges.
  • Make sure background music or sounds do not interfere with any spoken dialogue.
  • Screen text, size and display need to be readable.
  • The message must be 30 seconds; slates and credits cannot be overlaid onto the video or included in the 30 second message allotment. Entries over 30 seconds will be disqualified.
  • Include credits that list:
       Name of the student individual contestant (first name only)
       Names of the student team contestants (first names only)

Contest Rules

  • Your video must address pedestrian safety awareness and best practices
  • Entries must have a title
  • Entries can be no more than 30 seconds in length
  • Entries can be individual or a team (up to 4 members)
  • Each student participating in the contest must be listed on the entry form
  • One entry per team or individual. Students may enter as an Individual or as a Team of up to 4 students from the same school. If a student in any way participates in more than one video, all of those entries will be disqualified.
  • No professional assistance
  • No use of copyrighted material is allowed, including background music
  • Entries must not contain inappropriate or explicit images nor the use of profanity
  • COVID-19 Safety: Must abide by any local mandates regarding social distancing, masks, etc.
  • Five SSL hours awarded to each contestant for qualified videos successfully submitted by February 22, 2022. SSL hours will be awarded by the end of March.
  • Video submissions will be accepted in both English and Spanish languages
  • All submissions must be uploaded to Google Drive, Drop Box, YouTube, or similar program and a link must be provided on the entry form

Additional Details

  • High School students enrolled in MCPS or private schools in Montgomery County, MD are eligible to enter.
  • Contest is open from February 1-22, 2022.
  • Winning videos will be posted on the MCDOT Ped Safety website and social media channels.
  • All entries become the property of MCDOT
  • Winning videos may be submitted to multiple media outlets. Decisions regarding use of video rest with the media outlets’ director.
  • MCDOT has the right to edit and to use all entries for public information purposes.
  • If you have questions about the contest, please contact Pedestrian.Safety@montgomerycountymd.gov