Vlogstar Challenge Seasons

Here's a recap of our previous Vlogstar Challenge seasons since the competition began in 2015. Read about previous Vlogstar Challenge winners and view the highlights and vlogs from each competition.

Season 5, 2019-2020

Grand Final Recap
Twenty-two-year-old Charly Humphreys from Wandsworth, South London, was the winner of the fifth annual Vlogstar Challenge competition at Media Trust’s online Grand Final event in partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation.

The Grand Final, which was live streamed on YouTube, saw fifteen finalists’ videos premiered at a showcase hosted by Ria Hebden from the BBC’s Sunday Morning Live. A panel of judges which included Top boy actor Ashley Walters, comedian Munya Chawawa, LGBTQ+ Advocate and YouTuber Rowan Ellis, Media Trust CEO Su-Mei Thompson, Jack Petchey’s Matt Rantell, previous Vlogstar Challenge winner Bella Roberts and previous finalist Jonas Mondua, crowned Charly as 2020 champion for her video Burnouts, monetising creative outlets and societal pressure. The video shows Charly candidly explore the challenges of finding a healthy balance and a clear state of mind in 2020.

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Watch the Grand Final YouTube Playlist
Watch the Winner’s Video

Season 4, 2018-2019

Grand Final Recap
Seventeen-year-old aspiring filmmaker, Bella Roberts from South London was announced as the winner of the fourth annual Vlogstar Challenge competition at Media Trust’s Grand Final event in partnership with Jack Petchey Foundation. The Grand Final event saw fifteen finalists’ videos premiered to a packed audience of family and friends at a showcase at YouTube London, hosted by Ria Hebden from the BBC’s Sunday Morning Live.

An all-star cast of judges, including YouTuber and body-positivity campaigner Grace F Victory, actor and Top Boy star Ashley Walters, Media Trust’s CEO Su-Mei Thompson, two of last year’s finalists, as well as Matt Rantell from the Jack Petchey Foundation, marked the videos on a criteria including originality, positivity and technical skills. Bella’s video 10,000 hours, was created to inspire others to follow their passions.

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Watch the Grand Final YouTube Playlist
Watch the Winner’s Video

As well as teaching technical skills the workshop encourages students to discover and articulate what is important to them in an engaging and positive way. We have seen students shine and become fully engaged with the programme. They like having the creative output.

Jonathan Jacob, Global Academy

Season 3, 2017-2018

Grand Final Recap
Twenty-four-year old Munna Sherif from Woolwich, south-east London was voted 2018 Vlogstar Challenge champion by a panel of judges from across the world of film, television, media and YouTube. With over 1,500 entries, Munna and 14 other finalists showed exceptional talent to make it to the Grand Final held on 31 July 2018 at BAFTA, London.

Scoring the vlogs was a live judging panel made up of key players from the world of film, TV, media and YouTube including actor and screenwriter Noel Clarke and model and activist Mariah Idrissi. The judges chose twenty-three-year old Munna Sherif from Woolwich as this year’s winner. Her vlog Anxiety, I Own You documented her personal experience of anxiety.

Highlights Video
Grand Final YouTube Playlist
Winner’s Video

Season 2, 2016-2017

Grand Final Recap
On 14 July 2017, 22-year-old Isaac Harvey was crowned the Vlogstar Challenge Champion at the Grand Final hosted at BAFTA, London. Isaac was born with limb hypoplasia, which prevented his limbs from growing. However, Isaac hasn’t let that stop him from doing the things he wants to do. With a positive mindset and his mantra of ‘Hard Work’, Isaac taught himself to edit and produce films about his adventurous life using his feet.

This skill and determination led to Isaac beating over 1,500 young people from across London and Essex in the 2017 competition. Isaac’s winning video, entitled Hard Work (It Pays Off), documents Isaac’s sporting activities and achievement. However, as he explains, his film serves a greater purpose: “I like to enjoy life and I want to inspire others to enjoy life too. Disabled or not, if you have a positive mindset and are prepared to work hard, you can achieve your dreams, whatever they might be.”

Highlights Video
Grand Final YouTube Playlist
Winner’s Video

Season 1, 2015-2016

Season Recap

After months of workshops and presentations, 1,000 young people were whittled down to 15 finalists in the Vlogstar Challenge. Since the launch in October 2015, 15 Finalists were selected as the best of the best and were judged at the Grand Final which was held at BAFTA on 1 July 2016.

The 15 finalists represent a broad range of backgrounds and cover a wide array of topics and themes in their vlogs.

Grand Final YouTube Playlist
Winner’s Video

My experience on the Vlogstar Challenge has been mind-shifting, knowledgeable and welcoming. Thank you for giving us all great advice. I was able to understand how to effectively use my equipment that I already have at home and how to secure the best lighting within my videos.

Emmanuella, Season 5 participant

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