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Competition Categories
Find out about the categories and judging criteria ...




For each competitive Rock Challenge® event, performances are judged by a panel of three judges o­n the following areas:For each competitive Rock Challenge® event, performances are judged by a panel of three judges on the following areas:

  • Choreography

  • Performance Skill

  • Stage Use

  • Concept

  • Drama

  • Soundtrack

  • Costuming Character

  • Set Design and Function

  • Visual Enhancement

  • Overall Impact
Open School Competition
For secondary schools and colleges catering for full-time education for students aged 11-18 years old.

The majority of schools, including all new schools, compete in the Open Division. If you are part of an Open team, you'll travel to a local event and compete against other Open teams for a place in the Regional Open Final and the chance to win Awards of Excellence such as the Award of Excellence for Choreography and the Award of Excellence for Soundtrack. The top placing Open schools at the Open Finals compete in the Premier Division the following year.

Premier School Competition
For secondary schools and colleges catering for full-time education for students aged 11-18 years old.

12 schools in the Northern Region and 12 in the Southern Region are part of the Premier Division as part of their success in previous years. Premier teams must travel to a local event to showcase and win 'Awards of Excellence' and Overall Impact marks, but have already automatically qualified through to their Northern or Southern Regional Premier Final.

J Rock™ Competition
For primary and junior schools catering for full-time education for students aged 7-11 years old.

The J Rock™ event sees the teams travel to a local event and compete against other J Rock™ teams for a place in the Regional Junior Final and the chance to win Awards of Excellence such as the Award of Excellence for Choreography and the Award of Excellence for Soundtrack.
Photography Competition
Each year we run a Rock Challenge® Photograph Competition and we're looking for the best photo from the event day.

Entries into the Rock Challenge® Photograph Competition are usually due in by the last Friday in June to coincide with the announcement of the winners of the National Awards.

Here are the rules:
  • Both students and teachers can enter

  • Photos must be sent via email or post, but please bear in mind that we won't be able to send back any entries, so make sure you make a copy of your entered photo before sending it

  • Each individual may submit a maximum of three photographs

  • Make sure with your entry you give your name, your school name, the date that the photograph was taken on, a short title and, if you want, a description of the photo

  • No pictures can be taken of the evening performance onstage

  • If your photo involves 10 people or less, you must have the permission of those individuals involved before submitting your photograph for entry, i.e. if it's a picture of you and your friends or a couple of friends you make on your event day make sure they are okay for you to send the photo in! If your photograph is of many people from many schools, e.g. a big group shot of the mosh, we will send the photograph out to all of the schools on your event day to see if any schools have any issues with it being considered for entry (remember that some schools have individual child protection rules).

  • If your photograph involves Rock Challenge® crew members, do not worry about seeking permission from them - we will do this for you.

  • The taking of photographs must not interfere with the running of the event day. You may not stop or disrupt the proceedings and please ensure that you do not interrupt Rock Challenge® crew members from doing their jobs !

  • Entrants are free to use editing software as they see fit.
  • The results of the competition are announced online annually. The top schools will receive framed certificates for their success. Photographs may also be used in future publicity material, artwork, press releases, etc.
Short Film Competition
Schools submit a short film about their involvement with the Rock Challenge® or J Rock™. Each short film must last between 3 and 4 minutes, but can concentrate on whatever aspects you like, for example:
  • The story of your Rock Challenge®/J Rock™ from initial concept to finished product
  • The impact that Rock Challenge®/J Rock™ has had on the school and/or local community
  • The personal story of one of your team members and their experience of Rock Challenge®/J Rock™
  • The trials and tribulations of student leaders
  • The journey of your Rock Challenge®/J Rock™ Stage Crew
  • The story of your 2014 Rock Challenge®/J Rock™ event day from that early start to the finish
Entries are due in after the regional heats take place, so you can chart your school all the way through the heats experience

Entries will be judged and the top entries will be given the chance to see their film shown on the big screens at one of the regional finals. The best short films may also be used for promotional purposes.