One Planet, Many People: FAQ and Tips

Quick answers to questions you may have and tips for creating a winning video for the "One Planet, Many People" video contest for high school students!

Can I enter?

To enter you must be between 14 and 18 years of age.


Can other students help with my video?

Several students can work together on a video, but one person (the lead entrant) should be designated the leader on the online Entry Form. Everyone in your group must be between 14 and 18 years of age.


Can adults help with my video?

Students must do the primary work of creating the video. However, entrants may consult with parents, teachers and mentors provided that the adults do not write, edit, film or otherwise directly participate in making the video. Professional assistance is not allowed.


When are videos due?

You must upload your video no later than 5 P.M. on March 16, 2018.  Videos must be submitted in digital format.


How do I enter?

When you decide to enter the contest, you should submit a Parental Permission form, and scan it to Population Media Center. Once you complete your video, you should upload your video to YouTube and complete the Entry Form.


Is there other paperwork?

Only for the winners. In order to be eligible to receive a prize and have your video posted online, you must submit a list of sources, documenting all factual statements in your video, and an Actor-Release Form for each person in your video.


What equipment can I use?

Videos may be produced on any equipment available to the entrant, including cell phones, video cameras, and computers.   You may choose to use a still camera to make a photo montage or stop-motion animation, or use an iPod, flip camera, or video camera to make a motion picture. When you are putting your media together, there are several types of editing software that you can use. iMovie comes free on all Macs and is easy to use. If you have a PC, check to see if it has Windows Movie Maker or download it free online.


Where can I learn more about population issues?

Background Materials on our webpage can help get you started. The internet can be of great help, and your school and public libraries may be able to assist you.  Discuss population with others and consider their perspective.  Spend some careful time on research. Facts and statistics provide strong support for the points you make.


Should my video address local, national, or worldwide population issues?

It’s your choice. Pick the topic that you know the most about or that interests you the most.


What makes a good video?

  • Start with correct spelling and grammar. Use spell-check. Let friends look at early versions of your video to be sure it will be heard and understood. Use accurate facts.
  • Use your imagination.
  • In past contests, the best videos combined film, charts and photos the students produced themselves with public-domain images.
  • Spend some time (but not all your time) on how we got here. Spend some time on ways you see to change things for the better.
  • Consider ways we might slow or end population growth.
  • If your video includes people talking, be sure they speak slowly and clearly so that viewers understand.
  • Be clear and concise. Short words and short sentences often work better than long.
  • Don’t list every problem that might result from population growth. Focus on population growth itself.
  • Statistics often make a strong impact, but use them carefully. Be sure to explain them accurately.
  • You may also be able to get ideas from watching winners from last year’s contest.


Do I need to cite my sources?

You must be able to cite a source of facts and statistics presented in the video. The sources do not need to appear in the video itself. However, if your video wins, you will be required to submit a list of all sources used.


Can I use copyrighted materials?

Not without permission. Copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may not be reproduced unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material. Written permission must be obtained and provided upon request for all copyrighted materials.

Lots of copyright-free material is available on the internet. To find it, you can type “copyright-free images” or “copyright-free music” into a search engine. Other sources of pictures and images include: and You can get free music at and


How do I submit my video?

Once you have completed your video, upload it to YouTube and complete the online Entry Form.


Can entries be disqualified?

Yes. If you use inappropriate content, copyrighted materials, or if you fail to provide appropriate Parental Permission form, actor release or other required forms, or violate the contest rules, your video may be disqualified.


When will winners be announced?

Winners will be announced in April, 2018. The names of winners and their videos may be posted on the Population Media Center website.


How do I get started?

Watch the winning videos from last year’s contest and check out the background materials. Read the rules of the contest. Talk to friends or teachers who might be able to assist or guide you.

If you have other questions, feel free to contact Population Media Center.

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