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PMC Announces “One Planet, Many People” Student Video Contest Winners

July 10, 2020 • News

Population Media Center (PMC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 “One Planet, Many People” video contest. Founded in 2015 and now in its fifth year, the annual creative competition saw its best year ever, with over 320 entries.

Students were tasked with creating a video no more than 60 seconds in length exploring the impacts of human population growth on their neighborhood, city, state, country, or on our planet. Entrants were seniors in high school or college undergraduates attending college in 2020, and 29 videos qualified as finalists and were included in the public voting.

Although the original intent was to award 4 scholarships, the great number and quality of entries prompted the judges to instead award six $1,000 scholarships, including one decided by the public voting. The judges also handed out 23 Honorable Mention Awards of $100 each.

The six scholarship winners are:

  • Deborah Artus, Arizona State University.
  • Stacy Ayraud, Samuel Merritt University.
  • Angely Herrera Castro, The Ohio State University.
  • Isabella Duccini, University of Northern Iowa.
  • Thanothii Ganesh, University of Rochester.
  • Caleb Tessema, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

All winning videos are available to watch and paired with a short interview with each student.

“The enthusiasm and creativity of this year’s student contestants was off the charts,” said Keith Kaback, a longtime PMC volunteer who helps oversee the contest. “It is wonderful to see the next generation of activists and leaders finding their voices.”

PMC is a global leader in entertainment education, working to improve reproductive health, girls’ education, and environmental sustainability around the world. Founded in 1998, the charity’s radio, TV, and internet programs have impacted over 500 million people in more than 50 countries. Key characters in PMC’s fictional dramas evolve into role models for audiences, sharing transformational information and encouraging personal growth and exploration.

“United Nation projections show human population increasing to 9.7 billion by 2050 — and nearly 11 billion by 2100,” said Joe Bish, PMC’s Director of Issue Advocacy. “By prioritizing strong action now, these trends can be changed towards a more sustainable trajectory. These videos meaningfully contribute to informing the public about how population growth can be slowed by progressive investments in education, human rights, and family planning.”

Population Media Center is an Accredited Charity by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, GuideStar, and Charity Navigator.


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