European Space Agency Ode To Hubble Creative Competition

Deadline: 12 March 2015
Open to: anyone inspired by Hubble older then 13-year old
Prizes: section of Hubble’s solar array mounted in perspex and other


The ESA/Hubble Ode to Hubble competition lets anyone inspired by Hubble express their feelings or share their ideas in a creative and innovative way and is your chance to join the team in celebrating the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary!

As long as it can be uploaded as a YouTube, Vine and Instagram video less than three minutes long, you can submit anything. Pan over a drawing, scroll over a poem or text, film your own Hubblecast, film yourself performing or talking about a Hubble topic, create an animation or compose a piece of music and upload it as a video piece. Just make it innovative, creative and, most of all, inspired by Hubble, or one of its great discoveries or images.

Who can apply?

There are two categories for the competition:

  1. One for those who are 25 and under — born in Hubble’s lifetime, but not younger than 13-year old;
  2. And other for over 25s, with each having five runners up and one winner.

If you don’t create a piece of your own, you can still get involved by crowd-judging the entries to whittle the selection down to a shortlist.

Don’t miss your chance to get involved!


The two winners will receive the once-in-a-lifetime prize of a section of Hubble’s solar array mounted in perspex. These little pieces of Hubble are part of the huge solar arrays that spent 3 years orbiting the Earth, giving Hubble its power, until they were replaced in 1993. The winners will also receive a metal-backed copy of the 25th anniversary image signed by astronomers and astronauts who have worked on Hubble. The two winning videos will be featured in our special “Ode to Hubble” Hubblecast.

The producers of the five shortlisted videos for each category will recieve a book “The Universe through the Eyes of Hubble” and their videos will be hosted on the website.

How to apply?

You must first upload your video to YouTube, Vine or Instagram. Then submit the video link using one of their competition entry forms according to the categories: Entry form for over 25s, Entry form for those who are 25 and under. Note that the deadline for submissions is 12 March 2015.

The judging is based on the following criteria: the accuracy of the science, how well the entry engages the viewers, how innovative the approach is, the artistic quality of the content, the quality of presentation/delivery (if applicable), how unique the view or perspective of the entry is and the technical quality of the video.

For more information, for example about prizes and rules, check the official web-site

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