Cozumel Island Museum’s Video Contest


The Museo de la Isla (the Cozumel Island Museum) will be completely renovated in 2018.   This renovation is the first in 30 years.   The museum will be closed for as much as a year while the interior is gutted, rebuilt, and new galleries and exhibits installed.

One of the new galleries will be full of video screens showing video clips of Cozumel’s marine creatures.   Each of these large, 1080p HD video screens will show a rotating collection of a dozen or more unedited video clips, each clip from 15 seconds to 30 seconds long, with the sea creature’s description and the photographer’s attribution added as subtitled text.

If you have one or more video clips taken in Cozumel of any of the marine life listed below (or ones that we forgot to list!) that you would like to submit to the museum to be considered for inclusion in the new permanent exhibit of the museum, you can send the clips as MP4 files to .   Files containing videos longer than 30 seconds will not be opened nor will they be eligible to enter the contest.   However, you can send as many 15- to 30-second entries as you like, as long as they are on separate MP4 files.  No zipped or compressed files, or groups of files will be opened.



If your clips are accepted for inclusion in the new museum exhibit, you will be notified by email.   In return for your permission to exhibit your winning video clips, the Foundation of Cozumel Parks and Museums (FPMC) will award a free pass to your choice of either Punta Sur Eco Park or Chankanaab Park.



In addition to the award, each video accepted to be used in the museum will be eligible to win one of our Grand Prizes:

  • The First Place Winner will receive a 3-day/2-night trip to Cozumel, including air, hotel, and dive trips
  • The Second Place Winner will receive a BCD, regulator, octopus and air pressure gauge
  • The Third Place Winner will receive a 2019 model GOPRO video camera with underwater housing
  • The Fourth Place Winner will receive a three day, two night stay at oceanfront condo
  • The Ten Fifth Place Winners will receive a dive trip, including boat, tank, and park fees
  • The Ten Sixth Place Winners will receive a dinner at one of Cozumel’s finest restaurants

These 24 prize-winning film clips will be selected based on their technical quality, content, and impact by our four-person judging panel, whose decision is final.   Grand Prizes will be awarded one month after contest ends on December 31, 2018 and the winners will be notified at that time.   All non-winning digital files will be deleted on January 1, 2019.



You must be 21 or older to enter the contest.   You must be the author of the video clip you submit.   You must certify that the video was taken in Cozumel and provide the date and location of the filming.   You must sign the non-exclusive release of the video.



1. The video should be in focus, steady, with good color
2. The video camera is very steadily focused on the creature for the entire clip, with no panning or zooming
3. The video should be in a 16:9 aspect ratio
4. The video should be at least 720p
5. The video should be 2D
6. The video should have no text, logo, or time/date stamp (we will add attribution and nomenclature later).
7. The video should be no more than 30 seconds long  (you can submit any number of clips you want, without limit, but none should be longer than 30 seconds; 15 seconds is ideal)



Rays, Eels, Sharks, Turtles, Lobsters, Octopi, Nudibranchs, Worms, Squid, Anemones, Crabs, Seahorses, Pipefish, Conchs, Shrimp, Jelly fish, Echinoderms, Fish (all kinds), Night dive close-ups of coral, or any other video clip of marine sea life you think the public would like to see to have a better understanding of what Cozumel has to offer.

Special interest clips also include: Lobster “migrations,” mating episodes, predation and eating episodes, bait-balls, etc.



Q. What if the email system I have will not let me attach the video file because it is too large?

A. Send it via, a free file transfer service that is very easy to use.

Q. What is the deadline for entries?

A. The contest ends on midnight, December 31, 2018. Entries received up until that time will be eligible.

Q. Where do I get the “non-exclusive release form”.

A. The release form will be sent later to all the contestants whose entries qualify for use in the museum.   It is a non-exclusive agreement, allowing the museum to exhibit the video.   The copyright remain with the author. You don’t need the release to enter the contest; you will be sent one if your entry qualifies.

Q. I did not see any form for submission of the video.

A. There is no submission form.   Just send in the MP4 file(s).   That is all that is needed to enter the contest.   If the clip qualifies for an award or a grand prize, the museum will send a notification to the email address that the clip was sent from.

Q. It says the video clip has to be 15 to 30 seconds long.   So if I have a 40 second video, can it be shortened to a 15 or 30 second video and be eligible for the contest?

A. Yes, you can send in a shortened clip. The clips must be between 15 and 30 seconds long, with no splicing in those 15 to 30 seconds.

Q. Must the video have been taken in the last year or so?

A. There are no time limitations on when it was shot; just that it was shot in Cozumel.   If it qualifies, however, you must be prepared to say where and when it was shot on your release form.


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