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One Planet, Many People: Contest Rules

So, you're thinking about entering the "One Planet, Many People" video contest. What are the rules?

These rules are for the 2020 contest, which has now ended. Please keep an eye out in fall 2020 for news about the 2021 contest!


The Contest: Students are asked to create a short video (of 60 seconds or less) that explores how a growing human population may cause other problems for humanity and our planet. Videos that were created for purposes other than this contest that do not directly address the issue of human population should not be submitted.

: Entrants can be from the U.S. or any other country in the world and must attend an undergraduate school in the U.S. or abroad in 2020.

Submission of Videos:
Completed videos should be uploaded to YouTube.  Please check your video link carefully to be certain that it functions properly.  We have frequently received links to the wrong video.  We have  received links that could not be opened because they are protected as “private.”  Videos sometimes are mistakenly entered without any audio.

Once the video is uploaded, entrants should complete the online Entry Form.  Students should save a copy of the submitted video. Videos will be judged solely on their content in the English language.

Title Screen
: Entries should include a brief title screen that includes the contest title “One Planet, Many People”, the name of the entrant, and the title of the video.

: Videos should not exceed 60 seconds in length, including the title screen.

Video Equipment
: Videos may be produced on any equipment available to the entrant, including cell phones, video cameras, and computers. Videos may be in color or black and white, with or without sound, and with or without animation.

: Professional assistance is not allowed. Winners will be required to certify that they did not use professional assistance.

: The contest begins February 1, 2020. All entries must be submitted in digital format before May 16, 2020.  Winners will be announced several weeks following the closing date.

: Winners will be selected by a combination of voting by a panel of judges and voting by the general public.

Scholarship Prizes
: Four scholarships will be awarded, each for $1000. The prizes will be sent directly to the colleges at which the winners plan to study.

Winning Entries
: In addition to cash prizes, winning videos may be posted on the website of Population Media Center if actor releases, lists of sources, and copyright permissions are in order. Winners should be able to provide sources for factual statements made in their videos.

Ownership of Videos and Right to Use
: Entrants own all rights to their entries, but Population Media Center may reproduce, reprint, distribute, or exhibit winning videos for promotional purposes on its website, at conferences, or in publications.

: Videos must not use copyrighted material without permission of the copyright holder. Videos containing copyrighted material used without permission will not be eligible for prizes.

: PMC may disqualify any entry that fosters racial, religious, or sexual prejudice, promotes sexual exploitation or illegal behavior, violates these rules, or is inappropriate, in the judgment of PMC. Employees of Population Media Center and their children are not eligible to enter the contest. If the operation, security, or administration of this contest is compromised for any reason, including plagiarism, PMC may, at its discretion, suspend or terminate the contest without recourse.

Acceptance of Rules
: By entering the contest, entrants give their full and unconditional agreement to these Rules.  The decisions of PMC about the contest and the interpretation of these Rules shall be final and binding.

: Questions about these rules may be directed to the video contest coordinators.

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