Colorado.gov recently ran a video contest in which entrants were instructed to answer 'why they love Colorado' in a three-minute video. After nearly a month of reviewing entries, a panel of judges would award the top video $1,500. Decent incentive, no?
On July 22, the winning video was revealed ... to much disappointment. We can't comment on the production quality -- most people can't afford fancy video equipment and editing software. And we admire the video's creativity. But we can certainly make a stink about everything else because it should not have taken home the grand prize.
In addition to several factual errors (Colorado wasn't the first state to grant women the right to vote -- that was Wyoming; it's a stretch so say Colorado invented the cheeseburger), about 90 seconds in, the video includes a shot of Delicate Arch. In Utah. A point the Salt Lake Tribune loved to drive home.
Reached for comment by the Denver Post, Donald Zuckerman, director of Colorado's Office of Film, Television & Media, said "we don't have the manpower to check every fact and every new thing. What struck me about the video is that it was funny and fun and cute and that it may appeal to the general public."
Are these errors unforgivable? No. But in contrast to the second-place video, you'll be left scratching your head.
WATCH the top two videos and tell us who you think deserves the $1,500 (and why) in the comments:
The top five entries for the contest are still live on the site.
flickr photo via Kamal H.