Discovery Channel’s Shark Week Video Challenge (6 Comments)

happysharkweekDiscovery Channel is asking for your help promoting the 23rd annual SHARK WEEK – a full week celebrating the ocean’s apex predator, kicking off Sunday, August 1.
We are asking for video submissions from SHARK WEEK fans to give them the chance to become a part of this year’s celebration.

See our call for entries here.
We thought readers of Abandon Fear would be interested in participating in the fun!  With its focus on shark education, this site it the perfect outlet to generate hype about Shark Week 2010’s online, promotional campaign.

A little about the submissions, also part of the video above:

–  entries must include the words “Happy Shark Week”
–  entries must be an acapella version of the song “Boom De Ya Da” (see Discovery Channel’s popular promo here.
Beyond that, we hope submitters will get creative!

We will be combining the best video submissions into one single video to be posted on Discovery’s SHARK WEEK website as a representation of the vast spectrum of fanatics.

6 Responses to “Discovery Channel’s Shark Week Video Challenge”

    1. J August 3rd, 2010 at 10:17 am

      I am quite surprised sharkwater would be promoting Discovery Channel’s Shark Week. It’s rather hypocritical, wouldnt you say? Shark Week puts all of your efforts of trying to to cast sharks in a better light to shame.

      I encourage you to read this blog post from Lesley Rochat:

      Sharks are being given a bad wrap again when Discovery Channel ‘Sinks Teeth Into Shark Week 2010’ with a lineup of programs, many of which depict sharks as bloodthirsty man-eaters. We desperately need improved public perception to win the battle against plummeting shark populations, and irresponsible TV and media portrayal of sharks’, which perpetuates poor perceptions of them, only adds to their threat. The media have immense power to help us save our planet’s resources through responsible reporting, or not. They can choose to continue accelerating the demise of these much maligned animals, which will ultimately result in our own downfall as everything in nature is connected; or they can support us and help us save them so we might save ourselves. It is a shame on Discovery Channel to see them continuing to work against the good efforts we as shark conservationists around the globe fight so hard to achieve, changing fear and loathing of sharks to much needed understanding and admiration.

      But instead of me continuing to express my utmost disdain and irritation at the shortsighted, ignorant, high ratings, big dollar driven commissioning editors, and the like, at Discovery Channel, I will leave it up to fellow conservationist and multi-award winning filmmaker and author, Chris Palmer. Chris has spent 25 years producing more than 300 hours for prime time television and the giant screen (IMAX) film industry, and if anyone’s opinion should be respected it is his: “Teeth of death,” “Shark feeding frenzy,” “The Worst Shark Attack Ever.” It is that time of year again, when the Discovery Channel brings out shows like these as part of its annual “Shark Week” programming. This week of bloody feeding frenzies and vicious shark attacks is part of a larger trend in nature programming. Instead of seeking to educate or to promote environmental conservation, these shows focus only on presenting graphic, sensationalized animal violence. Programs like those in Shark Week – while they might garner high ratings and attract advertiser dollars – all too often mislead the audience, exploit animals, and fail to promote conservation. It is easy to understand why Shark Week or other shows like “Untamed and Uncut”, “Man vs. Wild”, or “When Animals Attack” would attract viewers…”

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    1. bigcat October 3rd, 2010 at 8:06 am

      Thanks, I found this really interesting 😉 x

    1. Jess January 15th, 2011 at 1:04 am

      I agree.. I do not watch shows and programs like that for that very reason. We should be conserving animals and encouraging others to do so, not showing people in the world that these animals are vicious man-eaters.

    1. Faye R. Reyes November 30th, 2011 at 10:14 am

      Discovery Channel has so much shit on it that I am very selective what I watch. It goes for public appeal and sacrifices true science for fiction and sensationalism, which I might add is their prerogative. Is there any chance that the last episode can be viewed elsewhere? That would really burn their butt. However, if they were partial financiers of the project, maybe they have the right to keep the last episode off the air. Anyone know?

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