We now live in a world of over 7 billion people and demographers expect us to reach 9 billion by mid-century.

Human population growth exacerbates many of the innumerable challenges facing our global society.

Taking on these complex challenges and finding solutions will require understanding, cooperation and creativity.

Create a short video – up to 60 seconds – about human population growth that highlights one of the following global challenges: Preserving Biodiversity, Sustainable Resource Use, Protecting Human Rights. All videos must include:

a) how population growth impacts the issue

b) at least one idea for a sustainable solution.

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

  • Preserving Biodiversity – Habitat destruction/fragmentation, ecosystem diversity, coral reefs, deforestation, pollinators, extinction, invasive species
  • Sustainable Resource Use – Energy, fossil fuel use, single-use products, diet, overfishing, global inequities in consumption
  • Protecting Human Rights – Poverty, barriers to education, women and girls, forced migration, environmental/social justice, economic security

Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019.

Rules and Guidelines

    1. All entries must be a digital video.
    2. Each entry must focus on ONE of following global challenges as it relates to population growth:
      • Preserving Biodiversity
      • Sustainable Resource Use
      • Protecting Human Rights
    3. Students may work together in groups or submit entries as individuals.
    4. The length of the video should not exceed 60 seconds (one minute), not including the 10 second title screen (see #5).
    5. All entries should begin with a 10 second full-screen “title screen” that includes the following information:
      • Lead Producer’s name
      • School name
      • School city, state
      • Title of video
      • Total running time (not including the 10 second title screen)
    6. All information presented in the video must be cited, giving credit to the original source. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST, you must submit a list of your sources, properly cited.
    7. 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.
    8. There is no entry fee.
    9. Entries may be submitted through the website starting on September 1, 2018. The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm (eastern time, US) on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Winners will be announced no later than Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
    10. All entries must be submitted in digital format.
    11. 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 materials.
    12. 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.
    13. All portions of the online entry form must be completed when you upload your video for it to be eligible.
    14. IF CHOSEN AS A FINALIST you must submit a signed/completed Parent Permission Form and a signed/completed Actor Release Form for each person appearing in your video. Forms can be scanned/emailed to: Worldof7Billion@populationconnection.org; faxed to 202-332-2302; or mailed to: World of 7 Billion contest, 2120 L Street NW #500, Washington, DC 20037.
    15. Content must comply with all local and national laws of the country of origin and the United States. Content must not 1) promote illegal behavior; 2) support racial, religious, sexual or other invidious prejudice; 3) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; 4) violate rights established by law or agreement; 5) invade the privacy of any person; or 6) be otherwise inappropriate as determined by Population Connection in its sole and conclusive determination.
    16. The judges’ decision is final. Entries will be judged by topic, with winners in each of the three global challenge areas: Preserving Biodiversity, Sustainable Resource Use, and Protecting Human Rights. Decisions will be made based on the World of 7 Billion Judging Rubric.
    17. The only compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded a prize if the entry wins. Population Connection will pay filmmakers no additional compensation nor be liable to the filmmaker under any circumstances.
    18. All entries must be submitted in English, if entries are not in English they must include English subtitles.
    19. Awards will be presented as follows:
      Challenge: “Preserving Biodiversity”
      High School

      • One (1) First Place: $1,000
      • One (1) Second Place: $500
      • Two (2) Honorable Mentions: $250

      Middle School

      • One (1) First Place: $500
      • One (1) Runner Up: $250
      Challenge: “Sustainable Resource Use”
      High School

      • One (1) First Place: $1,000
      • One (1) Second Place: $500
      • Two (2) Honorable Mentions: $250

      Middle School

      • One (1) First Place: $500
      • One (1) Runner Up: $250
      Challenge: “Protecting Human Rights”
      High School

      • One (1) First Place: $1,000
      • One (1) Second Place: $500
      • Two (2) Honorable Mentions: $250

      Middle School

      • One (1) First Place: $500
      • One (1) Runner Up: $250

      Best in State

      • 50 cash prizes will be awarded to the best video in each state.

      Best International by Region

      • Six cash prizes will be awarded to the best international video by world region (Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North America, South America).
    20. 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.
    21. Ownership of the underlying intellectual property of the project remains with the entrant, with the following exceptions.
    22. Entrants grant Population Connection the right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation.
    23. Entrants also grant Population Connection the right to use, reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, and/or display the entrant’s project video without further compensation or notification to the entrant.
    24. Population Connection maintains the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, display, or exhibit the project for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes on their website, at conferences, or at any other venues.
    25. By accepting the prizes, winners agree to hold Population Connection and all Population Connection employees harmless against any and all claims and liability arising out of use of such prizes. Winner assumes all liability for any injury or damage caused from participation in the contest or use/redemption of any prize.
    26. Entrants agree to be bound by the official contest rules and decisions of the judges.


More: worldof7billion.org


Total Prize: $7,500