Vlogstar Challenge 2017
The Grand Final at BAFTA

Over 1,500 young people in London and Essex were trained on how to vlog and create an impact. The participants were narrowed down to 15 finalists that competed to be crowned the Vlogstar Challenge champion 2017 at BAFTA on the 14 July 2017.

This years winner Isaac Harvey from Essex representing the Redbridge Youth Council, created a vlog on the importance of hard work in achieving your goals. He won mentoring from YouTube to develop his channel, £500 worth of camera equipment, £2,000 for the Redbridge Youth Council and a paid opportunity to film for an upcoming campaign of a major global brand courtesy of Vidsy.


Megan Kacar from Waltham Forest representing Highams Park 6th Form, picked up the Best Technical Skills Award for her brilliant animation skills.

Justyn Hollett from Essex representing Music Relief took home the Rising Star Award for the finalist who has made the most progression throughout the competition. He produced a series of vlogs called “I AM BRAVESCAR.” that discusses the adversity that Justyn faced growing up with scars on his body and how he has braved through these challenges.

This years winner Isaac Harvey was interviewed on This Morning, ITV News and London Live.

Production Day at YouTube Space 
19 June 2017

On Monday, 19 June 2017, 15 finalists of the Vlogstar Challenge, got the unique opportunity of film at the new, state of the art YouTube Space studio in Kings Cross. They were able to bring their visions to life and get a special insight into the world of YouTube .



The finalists had a production briefing and a tour of the three studios at YouTube Space. They were given the chance to film some of their competition vlog using world-class equipment. We can't wait to see what they have created for the Vlogstar Challenge Grand Final.

YouTube Day 22 May 2017

From over 1,400 students aged 16-25 from London and Essex who have been trained, 150 were selected to attend a workshop at YouTube in King's Cross. Students attended represented 59 different youth organisations and charities.

The day included a panel of YouTube Creators that offered an insight into how they got started on YouTube and advice about vlogging. Panelists included Edee Beau, Tom Scott, Sammy Paul and Roly.

Big thanks to YouTube for putting on such a fun and interactive day. Good luck to all our Vlogstar Challenge semi-finalists.

  Vlogstar Challenge 2016
The Grand Final at BAFTA

This years grand final of the Vlogstar Challenge 2016, powered by the Jack Petchey Foundation and Media Trust in partnership with YouTube and the Evening Standard, found talented vloggers aged 16-25 from London and Essex. 

Our 15 finalists, having been chosen from over 1,000 young people who took part in the competition, attened the event which was hosted at BAFTA on July 1st. Each of the 15 finalists made a vlog which was screened and judged at the finals.

They participated in several workshops where they were supplied with the necessary technical and creative skills needed to become this years Vlogstar.

Judges were given a scorecard and made a final decision after the vlogs were shown. The judging panel included representatives from The Jack Petchey Foundation, Evening Standard, Media Trust and YouTube.

Two guest YouTube personalities, Oli Spain and Roland West, spoke at the event about their experiences with YouTube, and their journey towards becoming a well recognised vlogger.

Our winner, Abigail Holsborough, made her vlog based around her university experience and the obstacles she tackled. She won amazing prizes including: 1-1 mentoring with YouTube, £2000 for her youth organisation, The Prince's Trust, and £500 worth of camera equipment for her future vlogs.

Our two runners up, Jessica Valentine-Howard and Nathaniel Hawley, will recieve an experience day at The Evening Standard.

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