The Angling Trust has launched an exciting new social media competition to encourage anglers to get back on the banks and inspire newcomers to take up the sport.
The Angling Trust Video Battle (ATVB) – run in conjunction with Fishinginfo.co.uk – is calling for anglers to get creative by shooting and editing their own short fishing video to compete with other battlers to win fabulous tackle prizes worth hundreds of pounds.
All that competitors have to do is shoot a video about anything related to angling. It can be funny, artistic, educational, theatrical, the nature of fishing, a prize catch, a favourite venue, a chat about fishing with a bunch of mates … anything!
Videos should be no longer than three minutes long and there will be two categories for entrants – 16 years and under, and 17 years and over.
Completed videos must be received no later than Sunday, July 31st. Entries will be showcased on the Fishinginfo YouTube channel from Tuesday, August 16th – and then the battle is on!
Each battler can then share and publicise their video on their own social media accounts and platforms and the four most-viewed videos by Sunday, September 18th will compete in the Video Battle final along with one lucky wildcard battler chosen by Angling Trust Ambassadors Carl & Alex.
The winning videos will be chosen by a judging panel in early October 2016.
Commenting on the challenges in encouraging younger participants to angling, fish artist and project manager Adam O Connor (aka Dusto) said: "The power of social media can often be a hindrance in getting kids involved in sports and angling has seen a decline in younger participants in recent years.
“With Video Battle we aim to claim back some ground and inspire newcomers to the sport by using what we have in abundance – talented and creative people with a passion for fishing.
“These traits are sure to shine through during this exciting competition. With many great prizes up for grabs in the Angling Trust Video Battle who wouldn’t want to have a go!"
Throughout the competition, Dusto and fellow host Ant Glascoe Jr will be getting out and about meeting some of the battlers and getting the low-down on their video entries.
For more details about Video Battle visit www.anglingtrust.net/videobattle