World Environment Day - Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level

FAQs

Who can enter? 
Any video enthusiast or amateur videographer, age 18 and above, can enter the competition. Please note that we are accepting entries in as many languages as possible to ensure we receive a wide representation from many parts of the world.

Is the competition free to enter?
Yes, we are not charging any fees for participation.

Can I submit more than one video?
Yes, you may submit more than one video. However, a participant can only have one entry at the final showdown.

How do I submit the video?
Post your entry on your YouTube account and post a link to the @UNEP.org Facebook fan page with the comment “I just submitted my video blog to win a trip to a Small Island for World Environment Day 2014. Watch it and be inspired to celebrate WED!

If you are not on Facebook, you may send the link to your video by email to worldenvironmentday@unep.org with the following subject: “I just submitted my video blog to win a trip to a Small Island for World Environment Day 2014. Watch it and be inspired to celebrate WED!” If the video is not in English, a translation of the script of the video should be sent to the same e-mail.

How do I submit the video if I live in China?
Post your entry on your Youku account and post a link to http://weibo.com/unepandyou or http://t.qq.com/UNEP1972 with the comment “I just submitted my video blog to win a trip to a Small Island for World Environment Day 2014. Watch it and be inspired to celebrate WED!

If you are not on Weibo, you may send the link to your video by email to worldenvironmentday@unep.org with the following subject: “I just submitted my video blog to win a trip to a Small Island for World Environment Day 2014. Watch it and be inspired to celebrate WED!

If the video is not in English, a translation of the script of the video should be sent to the same e-mail.

Which languages are accepted?
We accept entries in all languages but we would like to encourage all participants to aim for universality with their approach (i.e. the message can be understood by as broad an audience as possible). Participants who don´t use English in their video messages are requested to send a translation of the script.

How will my video be judged?
There will be three stages of judging – a preliminary review by UNEP communications team, a second review with the jury comprised of senior UNEP staff and a representative from TreeHugger which will select the five finalists for the two-week online showdown, and a final selection by the Hollywood movie star and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador, Don Cheadle.

What are the judging criteria?
Judges will evaluate the videos based on:
-Quality
-Relevance to the theme
-Creativity and originality
-Universality
-Popularity and social media promotion

Will I get paid if my piece appears in the paper or online?
Apart from the paid trip (based on UN rules and regulations) and the opportunity to participate in WED celebrations, there will not be any monetary compensation or prize for the winner.

Can I use the UNEP name or logo in my video?
The video must make reference to World Environment Day but cannot use the UNEP name or logo in the video as this usage requires prior legal agreement.
However, you may use the World Environment Day logo.

Can I use an existing piece?
Your piece must not have been published before, and should be shot specifically for this competition.

Can I send videos after the 4th of April?
No. Submissions received after the 4th of April will not be considered.

Can the deadline be extended?
We do not foresee any deadline extension.

Where is the trip to?
We will be announcing your destination very soon, but it will be in one the Small Island Developing States which will be hosting a UN event this year.

What if I am selected but unable to travel?
By entering the competition you confirm that you will be available to travel to the host-country of World Environment Day between 3 and 6 June, 2014. If you win and are eventually unable to travel, we will have to grant the prize to the second best video blogger.

My video is over 2 minutes - will I be disqualified?
All entries that exceed 2 minutes will be disqualified.

Will I lose any rights to my work by entering the competition?
Once an entry is submitted to the competition, UNEP will have the full rights to use your entry in connection with the competition, including the right to copy, edit, display, publish and make available your entry in any format. If you have any further questions regarding the rules of the competition, please email us at worldenvironmentday@unep.org , but make sure you write “VIDEO BLOG COMPETITION” in the subject.