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Due to Covid-19, the Lights, Camera, Save! contest will run early 2021. Contact Jeni Pastier with any questions.

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2019-2020 Lights, Camera, Save! National Winners!

Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Lights, Camera, Save! national winners! Each national student winner receives a cash prize toward their savings goal and an educator from their school will be awarded a scholarship to Jump$tart’s National Educator Conference. This year's contest was sponsored by Banzai!

Contest Overview

Lights, Camera, Save! is a video contest that engages teens in educating themselves and their peers about the value of saving and using money wisely.

Free Registration

Bankers with free registered participation receive access to our Lights, Camera, Save! resource page. The resource page contains everything needed to conduct a contest including marketing tools, submission forms and judging materials for your local contest.

Free Webinars

National Winners

The winners receive up to $5,000 towards their savings goal, plus a scholarship for a teacher at their school to attend the annual Jump$tart National Educator Conference. Visit LightsCameraSave.com to learn more about the winners.

Thank you to all participating banks and their students who entered!

How does my bank participate?

Registered banks promote the contest in their communities using customizable marketing and public relations collateral provided by the ABA Foundation or their own materials. Banks host the local or preliminary round of the contest, which will involve accepting entries and selecting a winner to compete in the national competition.

What's in it for my bank?

  • A free opportunity to demonstrate your bank's commitment to the communities you serve. Read Extraco Banks' story of how contest participation was one of their best experiences of the year.
  • Free online Banker Tools with marketing materials, judging materials and support from ABA staff expert.
  • National recognition through the Lights, Camera, Save! List of Participating Banks online and in ABA publications.
  • Publicity in news outlets and on social media for your bank as a leader in increasing financial education in your community. Your local winner and their school will also gain publicity and possibly more recognition if your local video wins at the national level. For example, the 2013 winners and their bank were featured in this New York Times article.

What's the role of the ABA?

ABA, through its Foundation, serves as the national sponsor of the program and selects the Grand-Prize, 2nd place and 3rd Place winners from the videos that win at the local (bank) level. As the contest sponsor, ABA Foundation maintains the official rules, selects the national judging panel and provides a framework and materials to make bank participation easy and turnkey. Prizes for national winners are provided by the ABA Foundation. Visit LightsCameraSave.com to learn about previous contest winners.


  • Banks may submit one (1) video.
  • Participating financial institutions that have more than one (1) location or branch in a state may submit only one winning video per state.
  • Banks that have more than one location/branch in a state are responsible for coordinating, judging, and selecting (based on the criteria in the “Judging Criteria”) one winning video from among all videos submitted to that bank in a state.
  • Participating financial institutions operating in multiple states may submit one (1) winning video from each state.
  • Contestants must be between 13-18 years of age. Contestants may mail or e-mail their video and contestant submission form to your bank. Participating banks may accept video entries via YouTube or another video sharing website. However, ABA is unable to provide technical support with online submissions.


Are you a teen, parent or educator looking for additional contest information? Please visit the consumer contest site www.lightscamerasave.com to learn more.