What's In Your Backyard?


2-3 Minute Video

We believe there’s creative talent and something beautiful in every corner of the world. In an effort to feature more of our community across our channels we’d love to see you make a 2-3 minute video in the same style as our “What’s In Your Backyard”. Show us what you’ve got! 

Phone & Drone

To give everybody a fair chance we’re limiting gear to a phone and a drone. If you don’t have a drone then a phone based video is fine. No expensive or professional camera required. Let’s see what you can create with just the device in your pocket plus an aerial sidekick. 

Local Exploration

People often think they need to fly far away for a real travel experience, yet overlook the beauty in their own backyard. Challenge yourself to stay within 2 hours of home, we believe you can find something beautiful.

Stay safe, wear a mask and be responsible

Submit Your Content Here

Thank you to everyone who has participated. The selected video was posted on the Beautiful Destinations YouTube Channel.

Video Style Guide

What’s In Your Backyard is a celebration of the beautiful local spots that are within driving distance of your home. For many of us, Travel is associated with hopping on a flight and going somewhere completely foreign. However, there is local beauty in every corner of the world that currently can be captured safely and responsibly. Given 2020 has been a year of change for Travel, Beautiful Destinations wants to put a local spotlight on our community, their homes and show that Travel is as much about exploring the hidden gems around you as it is venturing somewhere foreign.

This is a 2-3 minute video format shot solely using a phone and a drone. The goal here is for anyone to be able to make it with the device that’s in their pocket. If you don’t have a drone then a fully mobile video is absolutely fine. This mobile focus will give the video a POV (point of view) style. We’d recommend you mix in multiple perspectives and angles of each location and experience, focusing on quicker cut editing.

The mobile style and voiceover is meant to make the piece more relatable and achievable for the everyday traveler. Drone content adds further wow factor and helps establish the destination but again, this is not essential.

Your video should be brought to life through a voice over narration. Think of it as a reflective “storytime” piece of content that focuses on a wow factor local destination or experience that is close to your home. One way of looking at this is to imagine you were explaining that “must do or must visit” location or experience to a friend, that’s never heard of or been there. How would you get them excited about visiting and experiencing that place? Think about keeping the content engaging, fun and adding value or insight.

Let’s see what you’ve got!


What are the rules?

There are just a few simple steps that you'll need to follow in order to be entered into this giveaway.

  1. Subscribe to the Beautiful Destinations YouTube Channel.
  2. Comment on our new video titled "What's In Your Backyard?"
  3. Submit your video (filmed only using a phone & drone) via the form above.

What does the winner get?

The winner of this giveaway gets a free 2 night stay at a hotel for you and one friend worth up to $1,000. The hotel will be sourced by Beautiful Destinations & if possible, located within 2 hours of your home by car. Beautiful Destinations will have the final decision as to the hotel booked for the winner, and will cover accommodation only.

How will the winner be selected?

The winner will be selected by the Beautiful Destinations team by October 4th, 2020. Although there will only be one winner of the free hotel stay, multiple videos may be posted across Beautiful Destinations social media channels.

When is the deadline to submit my video?

All videos must be submitted by September 30th at 11:59pm EST. The winning video will be posted on October 4th as part of the Sunday Movie Nights series.

Is my content definitely going to be posted?

No, we cannot guarantee that every submitted video gets posted. That being said, we plan to publish multiple videos throughout the month of October which means you still have a chance even if you're not selected as the 1st place winner.

If my content is shared, will I be credited?

Yes, we always credit the creators that we choose to feature. If your video is selected, we will contact you prior to publishing to ask how you'd like to be credited.