‘Tis the season for environmentally themed video contests here in Minnesota.

Environment Minnesota has announced a new contest called “Putting the Sun to Work,” in which aspiring videographers can compete for prizes of up to $1,500. Judges include none other than actor/comedian Rich Kronfeld, aka Wally Hotvedt of “Let’s Bowl” fame:

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The contest has specific length and content guidelines, and Environment Minnesota has provided this puzzling (and slightly unsettling) example for inspiration:

YouTube video

Deadline is July 18, and finalists will be posted in early August. We’ll post them here, too, if they’re available.

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.