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Student Video Contest

Awards to USA, Canada, and International Students
for Compelling Videos on the Effects of Population Growth

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Foundation / Corporation

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Population Connection - Population Education - World of 7 Billion

Deadline Date:

02/22/18 5:00 PM ET


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Awards ranging from $250 to $1,000 to USA, Canada, and International students in grades 6 - 12 for short videos that demonstrate environmental or human welfare issues caused by population growth. Videos must focus on one of the following three global issues: advancing women and girls, feeding 10 billion, or preventing pollution. All entries must be a digital video. Students may work together in groups or submit entries as individuals.

Consider narrowing your focus by concentrating on a subtheme within your topic. Possible subthemes include:

Advancing Women and Girls - access to education, gender equality, women in government, women’s health, child marriage

Feeding 10 Billion - hunger, food waste, resource and energy use, deforestation, pollution

Preventing Pollution - impacts on air, water, and land, climate change, human and wildlife health, ecosystem destruction

Each video must have one Lead Producer to serve as the main point of contact. Recognition and prizes will be given to the lead producer and all those listed as co-producers on the entry form.

Videos must include:
a) How population growth impacts the issue
b) At least one idea for a sustainable solution.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177778

Number of Grants:

There will be twelve high school winners and six middle school winners. For high school, each of the three global challenges will have one first place winner, one second place winner, and two honorable mention winners. For middle school, each of the three global challenges will have one first place winner and one runner-up winner.

Estimated Size of Grant:

High School Winners:
- First place: $1,000
- Second place: $500
- Honorable mentions: $250

Middle School:
- First place: $500
- Runner up: $250

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any middle or high school student (grade 6-12, or the international equivalent) is free to enter. Students may be located anywhere in the world.

This is a high school and middle school student contest, and therefore, all of the research, writing, and editing should be done by students. No professional assistance is allowed. Adults may assist with production but are limited to verbal guidance only. Adults are allowed to be actors or cameramen but not content contributors.

There is no limit to the number of students who can work on a video. However, the video must be entered under one name ONLY (the Lead Producer). Recognition and prizes will be given to the lead producer and all those listed as co-producers on the entry form.

All videos should be entered in digital format. The Foundation will not accept audio-only recordings or videos recorded on VHS tapes.

No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material for this contest. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted material

The length of the video should not exceed 60 seconds (one minute), not including the 10 second title screen

All entries must be submitted in English, if entries are not in English they must include English subtitles.

Pre-Application Information:

All entries must be uploaded by 5:00 PM (eastern time, US) on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Winners will be announced no later than Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Applicants may submit as many entries as desired. Each entry will be judged individually.

Due to the number of entries, only the winning videos will receive feedback on the content of their entry.

Finalists from each global challenge area will be notified by Friday, April 6, 2018. Reminder: a finalist is not a winner. Being chosen as a finalist means that your video was voted into the Top Ten and will go on to be judged by a panel of experts. There will not be a general announcement of finalists.

All winners will be notified directly no later than Tuesday, May 8, 2018. A complete list of winners, along with the winning videos, will be posted at

Students should keep at least one copy of their video. Population Connection is not responsible for any films that are lost, damaged, or that do not upload properly.

All information presented in the video must be properly cited, giving credit to the original source. If your video is chosen as a finalist, you will be required to submit a list of all sources used.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you run into any problems with the form and/or uploading your video, please email

Main: 202-332-2200
Toll Free: 1-800-767-1956

2120 L St NW, Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20037

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.