4/2/20- Due to the National Emergency from the Covid_19 Outbreak, this contest is temporarily postponed. You may still register, and materials will be mailed out to you when the contest resumes.

Ready, set, action!

The 811 Video Contest is an exciting contest that provides teaching and learning opportunities for you and your students on the critical topic of safety awareness. Students who understand the importance of being safe near underground pipelines and where energy sources are present are better prepared to make critical decisions that will ensure a safe environment.

It is designed to combine a student’s originality and artistic talent with the ability to share the important message of Know What’s Below, Call 811 Before You Dig.

This contest is open to all students in the U.S. and U.S. territories in grades 9-12.

Steps for teachers to enter the 811 Video Contest:

Step 1:

Register for the contest here

Step 2:

Share contest information with your students.

Step 3:

Remind students of deadline to enter, May 10, 2020.

Steps for students to enter the 811 Video Contest:

Want to view previous winning videos? Click on the pictures below!


Step 1:

Understand why it is important to call 811 before you dig, and why respecting the markers placed AFTER calling 811 is as equally important.

Step 2:

Create a video 1 minute or less in length that tells your community:

-Why you call 811 before you dig

-Steps you should take after calling 811

-Why respecting the markers placed by utilities is important

Step 3:

Complete the digital entry form, including the electronic signature from your parent/guardian, and include your video link.

Notify your local one call center by calling 811 or making an online request 2-3 days before work begins.

Wait the required amount of time for affected utility operators to respond to your request.

Confirm that all affected utility operators have responded to your request and marked underground utilities.

Respect the marks.

Dig Carefully around the marks.

Rules and Regulations:

1. Open to all students in grades 9-12 that reside in the U.S. or U.S. territories.

2. Entry form with electronic signature must be completed for each qualified entry.

3. Videos must be 1 minute or less in length.

4. All videos must be made public and kept active through August 2020.

5. Entries must include importance of respecting markers placed by utilities after calling 811.

6. Winners from past years are permitted to enter, but not eligible to win.

7. Prizes are not transferrable, substitutable or exchangeable for cash. The contest sponsors, at their discretion, may substitute a prize of equal or greater value.

8. One grand prize and two honorable mention winners are selected. Teams may not consist of more than 2 individuals.