Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why are you organising this Oral History Video Challenge?

The National Archives of Singapore turns 50 in 2018, and the challenge is one of the programmes planned in celebration of this milestone. The theme of the challenge is Social History of Singapore. We hope to engage the public in delving into Singapore’s history through our treasure trove of oral history narratives to create interesting videos.

2. Am I eligible to join this challenge?

The following groups are eligible to take part in the challenge in the respective categories:

  • Students from Secondary Schools or equivalent Institutions
  • Students from Junior Colleges or equivalent Institutions
  • Students from Institutes of Technical Education and Polytechnics
  • Students from Universities
  • Any member of the public above the age of 18

All participants must be residing in Singapore for the duration of the challenge.

All participants who are below the age of 18 must join through their school/institution and be supervised by a teacher. Otherwise, they must obtain parental consent prior to joining the challenge as a member of the public. Please refer to the entry form for more information.

Participants may challenge individually or as a group. All groups must designate one member to serve as the point of contact with the organiser.

3. What are the requirements for the video?

The video should showcase the oral history collection of NAS in a creative and original way with the following requirements:

  • The total duration of the video should be 2 to 3 minutes long, including title and credits.
  • The video must be recorded or produced in English or must be fully translated and subtitled in English. It can be presented in any form such as animation or re-enactment.
  • The video must include at least one audio clip from the list provided. You can use as many audio clips from the list as desired. You cannot use audio clips from interviews that are not on the list.
  • Your video must not infringe on any copyright. The video produced must be an original creation and all other content not created by you or your team should be used with clear attribution to and permission from the original creator.
  • The video must be formatted to a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with a video bit rate of at least 50 Mbps.

Individuals or groups can submit more than one entry. Additional entries will be treated separately and each entry must be a unique video.

4. How do I submit my video?

Video submission will be done via YouTube. Please ensure that all videos uploaded to YouTube as entries to the challenge are unlisted. Videos should also not be published or distributed publicly on any platform, until NAS has selected and announced the winning entries. Please refer to the full Terms & Conditions for more information. Entries, together with the YouTube link must be submitted via

5. How will my video be judged?

Your video will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Content (50%)
  • Creativity and originality (35%)
  • Visual impact and quality (15%)

Please ensure that the extracted clips are used with respect to the full context within the interview and not as isolated quotes.

6. What are the prizes?

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 entries in each category (as listed in Q2) as follows:

  • Grand Prize ($2,500)
  • 1st Runner-Up ($1,000)
  • 2nd Runner-Up ($500)

Winners will be informed via email with further details by 3 Apr 2019.

7. I am interested! How do I join and what are the important dates?

Submission of entries for the Oral History Video Challenge closes on 20 Jan 2019 at 2359hrs.

Finalists will be notified via email by 18 Feb 2019 and they will need to submit their full video files to NAS according to the technical specifications by 3 Mar 2019.

The results of the challenge will be announced on 3 Apr 2019.

8. Who can I contact with further queries?

For further queries or clarifications, please send an email to with the subject header ‘OH Video Challenge’.