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Follow and Enter the Safer Lens Video Contest

The CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (Injury Center) wants to know about injury and violence prevention where you live, work, study, and play in the Seeing My World through a Safer Lens video contest.

More than 180,000 people die from injuries and violence each year. For Americans, 1 to 44 years of age, injuries are the number-one killer. In fact, people in this age group are more likely to die from an injury—such as a motor vehicle crash, fall, or homicide—than from any other cause, including cancer, HIV, or the flu.1 Injuries are so common that they are often accepted as fate or "part of life." But injuries are not accidents. Injuries can be prevented, and their consequences can be reduced.

Photo: Seeing My World through a Safer LensThis year the CDC Injury Center is marking 20 years of service and dedication to saving lives and protecting people from injuries and violence. In recognition of this Anniversary, the Injury Center is hosting a nationwide video contest to help raise awareness of injury and violence prevention. Injury and violence professionals, students, and the public are invited to participate in the video contest by submitting a short, creative video that answers the question "What does Injury and Violence Prevention Look Like in My Community?" The video should highlight real-life stories and examples of how injuries and violence are being prevented in your community.

Winners will be selected in the following three categories: General Public View, Injury and Violence Professional View, or Student View. The winning video in each category will receive a $500 cash prize and will be featured on the CDC's Injury Center web site. The videos will also be promoted via the Injury Center's web site, social media channels, and anniversary related events throughout the year.

The Contest runs now through July 31, 2012. Contest guidelines, rules and submission information can be found at All judging will take place between August 1-31, 2012. Winners will be announced September 10, 2012.

Entering the contest takes just a few simple steps, so start making your video today!

More Information


  1. CDC. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2009.
  • Page last reviewed: June 4, 2012
  • Page last updated: June 4, 2012
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    • Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs
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