This Is My Family: Enter the Contest

If you are over the age of 14, we invite you to share your family's story with the world by submitting a video - no longer than 5 minutes - via YouTube Direct.

POV's 'This is My Family' Project is Seeking Video Submissions!

For most of us, the classic family photo with matching sweaters and look-alike smiles doesn't quite capture our family.

POV wants to hear real stories about your family from you.

Send us your videos, and you might receive an iPad or an iTouch!

Who is your "family"? Maybe your family is your group of friends, or your extended family. You could be an adoptee, an adoptive parent, part of a single-parent family, be an LGBTQ parent or child or a member of a foster family.

Help us expand the definition of "family" by submitting a video - no longer than 5 minutes - to 'This Is My Family.' Check out user-generated videos for ideas, or create something completely new!

Registration is now closed.

Watch the five finalist videos and vote for your choice for the People's Choice Award. The People's Choice winner will get an iPod Touch!

FlickrDon't have time to make a video? Join the This Is My Family group on Flickr and upload a photo of your family!

Are you having trouble uploading your video or photo? Email us at feedback [at] and let us know.

Judging Process

Our Jury will be comprised of a diverse panel of parents, youth, filmmakers and celebrities familiar with the issues of adoption and "family". The winning video(s) will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Honest storytelling
  • Execution of the video in a concise, visually appealing way
  • Overall originality and creativity of video

Prizes and Awards

JUDGES FAVORITE: will receive an Apple iPad
PEOPLE'S CHOICE: will receive an iPod Touch


The Legal Stuff

You must obtain permission, in writing, to use any copyrighted material, including but not limited to: music, photographs, video and artwork.

All content should be appropriate for a general audience.

By submitting any video content and/or textual content, you affirm that you are bound by PBS's Terms of Use, including, without limitation, the Content of Information section that grants licenses to PBS to use submitted video content and/or textual content. In the case of this feature, those who choose to upload video, images and/or textual content via YouTube grant the same license to Google. Please refer to the PBS and YouTube Terms of Use for the scope and nature of such licenses and use. You further represent that the submitted video and/or textual content does not violate PBS's Terms of Use.

By clicking "Upload Video," you are representing that this video does not violate YouTube's Terms of Service and that you own all copyrights in this video or have authorization to upload it."


Contest begins at 12:00:01 am ET on 9/16/10 and ends at 11:59:59 pm ET on 11/15/10. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are 14 years of age and older. Void where prohibited. For complete Official Rules click here. Apple is a registered trademark and iPad and iTouch are trademarks of Apple, Inc.  Apple, Inc. is no way affiliated with this Contest.

Music licensed by Creative Commons: "Organic" (by Transient)

Nicole, Moshe and Nate are part of the COLAGE network - a national movement of children, youth, and adults with one or more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) parent/s.