Ages 14 to 24
In April 1917, Canada delivered an unprecedented victory at Vimy Ridge, with all four divisions of the Canadian Corps fighting together for the first time in the Great War. The Battle of Vimy Ridge was a defining moment for Canada and is often considered to be a significant event in the birth of Canada as an independent nation. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Entries could take the form of visual artwork, video essays, creative writing, music composition or choreography, but whatever the format, the entry needed to reflect some or all of the characteristics displayed by Canadian soldiers at Vimy. Submissions were to be no longer than 5 minutes and must be able to be uploaded to the Spirit of Vimy YouTube Channel. Content could include: a video; a song or composition; poetry; a short play or story; a choreographed dance number; visual art such as a painting or sculpture.
" We must always remember this remarkable moment in our history, not to glorify war but to honour the heroes who fought at Vimy Ridge. "
Along with the contest submissions we offered a section on the site that could provide visitors with information about the Battle of Vimy Ridge and how Albertan soldiers played a key part in the victory. Visitors could also learn more about the battle through history resources, first-hand accounts, and by exploring their community's museums and cenotaphs for local connections to Vimy Ridge.