Win an iPad or lunch with Mark Olive in 45 seconds

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Aspiring video producers are invited to enter the inaugural online reconciliation video competition Lights, Camera, ReconciliACTION! launched today by Reconciliation Australia to promote National Reconciliation Week 2012.

Aimed at spreading the word of reconciliation through social media, the competition asks competitors to shoot a 45 second video on a hand held device about one of the key actions for reconciliation listed at

The actions entrants can choose from for their video are: Praise people; Change the future; Hug a grandma; Look and listen; Start RAPping; Eat some tucker; Look through different eyes; Give your brain a workout; Learn about the land.

“We want people to tell the story of reconciliation through fun, engaging, low-tech and low budget film-making with a message,” says Reconciliation Australia CEO Leah Armstrong.

“We want to open the competition up to everyone who is interested in reconciliation stories—not just professional or experienced film-makers.”

A prize will be given to the best entry from a workplace and best entry from a school. There will be a people’s choice award determined by the most ’likes’ on the videos selected for posting on Reconciliation Australia Facebook page. Prizes include iPads, lunch with Aboriginal chef and reconciliation ambassador, Mark Olive and a cooking or reconciliation pack.

Judges will be looking for videos that demonstrate the key actions for reconciliation in an original and engaging way. Entrants should visit the website and choose a key reconciliation action for their film.

Films can be any genre including drama, comedy or documentary and must be filmed on a hand held device, such as a mobile phone and be no longer than 45 seconds.

National Reconciliation Week runs from May 27 to June 3 and is an ideal time for everyone to join the reconciliation conversation and reflect on our shared histories, contributions and achievements. Reconciliation Australia is the peak body promoting reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

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