ATU Digital Storytelling Competition

Welcome to the ATU Digital Storytelling Competition

The Department of Heritage and Tourism (ATU Galway City) are hosting a Digital Storytelling Competition for all ATU staff and students to enter. The aim of the competition is to learn more about the people who make up this unique ATU community.

The competition has been developed and is being coordinated by Fulbright Scholar Dr. Debra (Deb) Lattanzi Shutika. 

What is Digital Storytelling?

Digital storytelling is a short form of digital media production that allows everyday people to create and share their stories online.

Much of any community’s history is passed down orally through personal communication. ATU’s first year is an especially important opportunity to explore the diverse campuses that make up our university community. This competition is designed to uplift ATU student and staff voices and use our stories, whether from the present or historical, to build connections with one another across campuses. 

Using the medium of digital storytelling, participants are encouraged to share stories from their local communities with the theme of How does the Past influence your Present? Students and staff can draw on a variety of sources that can include, but are not limited to, heritage from your home county, local folklore, family stories, or personal experience.

The Competition

Students and staff are encouraged to be creative in their approach to the theme. How has the past–be it your personal, familial, national, or other histories–shaped your current experience? How has it formed your identity or perception of self? How will it continue to shape your future? 

You may interpret the prompt as freely as you would like. In reviewing submissions, entries will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
    • Does submission exhibit an imaginative or innovative way of thinking?
  • Adherence to the Theme
    • Does submission bridge elements of the past with the present in a clear and coherent manner?
  • Clarity of Story
    • Is the storyline of the submission clear and easy to understand?
  • Quality of Submission
    • Does the artist effectively use their resources to produce their story?

All students and staff are encouraged to attend the Digital Storytelling Masterclass taught by ATU’s Fulbright scholar, Dr. Debra (Deb) Lattanzi Shutika on (Dates to be Confirmed). The Masterclass will provide you with all you need to know to create an impressive digital story. Deb will be available to assist students as they create their stories and will also create a Digital Storytelling resource page with instructional videos, sample digital stories, and best practices for creating a well-crafted project.

How to Enter

The competition submission form can be found here and will open January 26th running until March 24th, 2023.  The competition is open to all ATU students and staff, no prior experience necessary. 

If you have any questions, please contact Deb at


There are two categories for the competition, that being staff and student entries.  The entries will be viewed and adjudicated by a team of Heritage Lecturers from the Department of Heritage and Tourism (ATU Galway City).  The top 3 entries in each category will receive prizes including a variety of free passes to local, regional and national heritage sites and museums.  More information on prizes to follow.

We look forward to your submissions!

ATU Digital Storytelling Competition Privacy Notice

See examples of Digital Stories below:


Fourth and Water by Amy Troxel