Amtrak Launches TRAINsportation Video Contest

Amtrak East TRAINsportation contest is limited to student directors in Illinois. Are YOU the next great travel director? Enter and see!

Could the next great travel filmmaker be aboard the Amtrak California Zephyr between Chicago and Omaha? According to Amtrak, they just might be. Amtrak is looking for a winning video travelogue as it launches the Amtrak TRAINsportation Video Contest.

The contest is open to all college students in Illinois, who will have a chance to win over more than $3,000 worth of prizes — including an iPad and free travel on Amtrak. Students can enter the contest by submitting a travel-themed video audition by March 11 through the contest website, where they will be judged by industry experts including Lori Rackl, travel editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Stephen Harris, director of nonfiction and alternative programming for A&E Television Network.

Finalists will receive a complimentary round-trip travel aboard the California Zephyr between Chicago and Omaha, Neb., to record their visions of Amtrak. Upon return, the resulting videos would then go back onto the contest Web site for public nationwide judging.

“At Amtrak it’s about enjoying the journey and we have an idea that the same sentiment rings true for today’s college students,” said Tracy Robinson, Director of Marketing for Amtrak. “We want to engage college students in a fun and exciting way and introduce them to the best option for travel to more than 500 destinations in 46 states. And, we’re using one of our most photogenic trains, the historic California Zephyr, as great example of Amtrak service.”

For more information, contest rules, prize details and to enter the Amtrak TRAINsportation Video Contest visit the website at


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