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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 2016. 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 April 8, 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Successful applicants will be notified in June 2016.

Theme

Every year, the Canadian War Museum selects a theme on which students must base their work. For 2016, students are to produce a work on the following theme:

ORDINARY PEOPLE IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES
The Canadian War Museum presents the personal dimensions of military history by exploring the actions of Canadians in times of war and conflict. Through the stories of individuals, we are able to understand historical events, to connect emotionally with them, and to understand war as a transformative and often devastating personal experience.

Original submissions for this year’s competition should explore how the experience of war has changed someone’s life. Select a Canadian who has been involved in conflict – perhaps someone with a connection to your family, community, region or province, or perhaps a person further removed – and find out more about his or her experiences in wartime. You may choose a person who lived long ago (such as during the First or Second World Wars) or someone whose experience is more recent (in Afghanistan or on a peacekeeping mission, for example). You may want to consult primary sources such as photographs, letters or diaries, either online through digital collections or in-person by exploring your local archives. Alternatively you may choose to conduct your own interview. Through your original work, show how war has had an impact on one person’s life within a local, national and/or international historical context.

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 2015 Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards

In 2015, applicants of the Colonel Douglas H. Gunter History Awards were asked to submit an original work considering “strong>War and Media“.

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

Tessa Mouzourakis
Kitsilano Secondary School
Vancouver, British Columbia
Category: Text
The Battle of Truths (fiction)

William James Burns
Harrison Trimble High School
Moncton, New Brunswick
Category: Audio or Video Production
Peter Stursberg – Canadian World War Two correspondent for the CBC News (video)
Transcription

Miriam Dumitra
Langley Christian School
Langley, British Columbia
Category: Visual Art
If You Don’t Like it, Edit It: Canadian Censorship Media in World War I
Accompanying text

Félix Lupien
École de la Magdeleine
La Prairie, Quebec
Category: Text
La plume et l’épée – Essai sur l’utilité de la propagande en temps de guerre (essay – in French)

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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