The Pinnacle, The Best, The Top Video Is…!

May 1, 2013

in Video Contest

By Jeffrey A. Myers

Finally, after three weeks and four separate announcements, we are ready to reveal the winner of the coveted title of “Best Overall Video” in the Statistics2013 Video Contest sponsored by Wiley.

Before we do, if you haven’t done so already, here’s your opportunity to view the first-place through honorable-mention winners we awarded previously in each of the three contest categories. The three award categories for the contest are:

  • Best Overall Video
  • Best Video by a Person or Persons 18 Years of Age or Less
  • Best Non-English Language Video

You can view the videos of the previously announced winners in each of the three categories at these links:

In all, 59 excellent videos from numerous countries around the world were entered in the Statistics2013 Video Contest. Judging of the competition was tough and the international panel of judges found it difficult to select the top videos in each category.

“The quality and diversity of the 59 entries made choosing the best videos a challenging task. In the end, I feel strongly that the decisions of the judges captured the spirit of the contest, which encompasses the impact of statistics, the importance of statistics, and careers in statistics,” said Thomas Short, chairman of the video contest’s review committee and statistics professor at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio, United States. “On behalf of the international panel of judges, I say thank you to all who entered the contest and pass on our collective congratulations to the winners!”

The statisticians who served as the contest judges were Hans Hockey, New Zealand; Donna LaLonde, United States; Olga Obraztsova, Russia; Christopher Olsen, United States; Danvers Omolo, Kenya; Ernesto Sánchez, México; Theresa Utlaut, United States; Geert Verbeke, Belgium; and Christopher Wild, New Zealand. A special thanks goes out to each of the judges for their outstanding work.

Ronald L. Wasserstein, a member of the Statistics2013 Steering Committee, passed on the organizing group’s appreciation as well.

“My colleagues on the Statistics2013 Steering Committee and I offer a hearty congratulations to all the contest winners for their excellent videos and thank everyone who participated in the contest,” said Wasserstein. “We greatly appreciate everyone for supporting the International Year of Statistics. All the videos entered into the Statistics2013 Video Contest will help foster better understanding of the myriad contributions that statistical science and statisticians make to improve our world.”

Now, without further delay, it is time to announce the Best Overall Video. May I have the envelope and cue the drumroll please?

The winner of the Best Overall Video is…

The Importance of Statistics by Jason Girouard

If the video looks familiar to you, it’s because Mr. Girouard’s video also won first place in the Best Video by a Person or Persons 18 Years of Age or Less category.

The judges felt that Mr. Girouard’s production best communicated the most important messages about statistics: its impact and importance as well as the career opportunities in this increasingly important scientific field.

For his outstanding production, Mr. Girouard will be awarded a total of $1,500 (US) in prize money—$500 for winning the Best Video by a Person or Persons 18 Years of Age or Less category and $1,000 for taking home the title of Best Overall Video.

In the next week, we will be posting here on the Statistics2013 website all entries submitted for the video contest.

And with that announcement behind us, we wrap up the highly successful Statistics2013 Video Contest sponsored by Wiley. We hope that you have enjoyed watching the videos as much as we have.

There’s still eight months left in the International Year of Statistics. So, get out there and tell the world about statistics!