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The Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards

The Canadian War Museum is dedicated to the study of Canadian military history and the effects of war upon Canada and its people. Each year, the Museum sponsors a national history award competition for senior high school students, based on a historically significant event or theme.

The Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards are financially supported by the Friends of the Canadian War Museum.

Value of the Awards

Up to five prizes of $1,000 each are awarded to individual winners. In addition, winning entries will be posted on the Canadian War Museum website.

Eligibility

Open to all senior students graduating from secondary school in the spring of 2017. Each student must submit an original work that satisfies the requirements listed below (text, visual art, audio or video production), and a completed application form.

Important Dates

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Successful applicants will be notified in June 2017.

Theme

Every year, the Canadian War Museum selects a theme on which students must base their work. For 2017, students are to produce a work on the following theme:

How has War Shaped Canada?
The Canadian War Museum studies how war, conflict, and the search for peace has shaped Canada’s development as a nation. Choose the military event that you think has had the most profound impact on the history of the country and explore how it has shaped your life, or that of your community, in Canada today.

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation and presents an opportunity to reflect upon the historical events and forces that have shaped the Canada we know today. Select a military event , one related to war, conflict, or the search for peace, and explore its impact on the development of the country. Its impact can be geographical, political, social or cultural. It can relate to how and where you live today, what you think it means to be Canadian, and even Canada’s place in the modern world.

Media

Students may submit ONE entry in any of the following media:

1. Text

  • May include essays, short stories, or works of non-fiction;
  • Written in English or French, maximum 1,000 words (include word count), size 12 font, 1.5 line spacing, with a cover page.

2. Visual Art

  • May employ any two- or three-dimensional media for artwork: may include photographs, paintings, or sculptures;
  • Every artwork must be accompanied by a written statement of intent in English or French, minimum 250 words, maximum 800 words (include word count), size 12 font, 1.5 line spacing, with a cover page.

3. Audio or Video Production

  • May include songs, short films, or documentaries;
  • Production must be in English or French (use subtitles where necessary), and must not exceed 10 minutes in duration.
  • Every production must be accompanied by a written transcript or lyrics sheet in English or French, size 12 font, 1.5 line spacing, with a cover page.
  • Every production must be accompanied by a written statement of intent in English or French, minimum 250 words, maximum 800 words (include word count), size 12 font, 1.5 line spacing, with a cover page.

Review Criteria

Submissions will be assessed based on:

  • Creativity: Have you demonstrated creative thinking in the choice of topic and/or your approach to the topic? Is this project noteworthy in its unique take on the topic?
  • Scholarship: Have you demonstrated good research skills? Did you choose appropriate and reliable secondary sources? Did you use primary source evidence effectively? Do you avoid factual errors?
  • Critical Thinking: Have you engaged with the topic in a thoughtful and appropriate way? Does your evidence support your conclusions?
  • Relevance: Does your original work clearly respond to the theme?
  • Ability to Communicate a Clear Message: Are you conveying an idea or message through your original submission? Are others able to decipher the idea or message? Do you demonstrate skill in conveying this idea or message in your chosen media?

Submissions

1. Text

2. Visual Art

  • 1 copy of original artwork with student’s name clearly visible on front or back, unfolded;
  • 3 stapled copies of written statement of intent, unfolded;
  • Completed application form.

3. Audio or Video Production

  • 3 copies of the production on CD or DVD, labeled with title and applicant’s name, with each disc in an individual sleeve;
  • 3 copies of the lyrics or transcript, unfolded;
  • 3 copies of written statement of intent, unfolded;
  • Completed application form.

Send complete submission to:

The Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards
Canadian War Museum
1 Vimy Place
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0M8

Applications sent by fax, e-mail, electronic transfer websites or on a USB will not be considered.

Submissions, whether successful or not, will not be returned. Winning submissions become the exclusive property of the Canadian War Museum.

Recipients of the 2016 Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards

In 2016, applicants of the Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards were asked to submit an original work considering “Ordinary Canadians in Extraordinary Times”.

Of the entries submitted by students from across Canada, five were retained as winners:

Connor Hawes
Grand Forks Secondary School
Grand Forks, British Columbia
Category: Text
Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times

Alexa Ishikawa
Centennial Secondary School
Coquitlam, British Columbia
Category: Audio or Video Production
Paper Cranes (video)
Transcription

 

Chantelle Masterson
Fredericton High School
Fredericton, New Brunswick
Category: Visual Art
Great Uncle Merle
Artist’s Statement

Eric Sheppard
Etobicoke School of the Arts
Oakville, Ontario
Category: Text
Every Soldier has a Story

Gaurav Varshneya
Magee Secondary School
Vancouver, British Columbia
Category: Audio or Video Production
Operation: White Dove (video)
Transcription

 

Inquiries

For any inquiries about the Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards, students can either email us at: education@warmuseum.ca or call us at 819-776-8617 and leave their name, a brief message and phone number.

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