Photo and Video Contest on Soil Biodiversity from FAO 2020

Date limite : 30 juin 2020

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Photo and Video Contest on Soil Biodiversity from FAO 2020

FAO is offering a competition about soil biodiversity. The Main objectives of the competition is to Promote and give visibility to the importance of soil organisms; Raise awareness on the urgency of protecting soil biodiversity and Stimulate engagement and participation of a wider broader audience on social media in relation to soil biodiversity.

Rules for participation:

  • Each participant can submit up to five entries by filling and submitting the registration form.
  • Entries should be sent by email to by 30 June 2020 or using any file transfer services.
  • Entrants must own the copyright and must have taken the photographs/ videos themselves. They may have been taken at any time prior to the contest launch.
  • Participants should not forget to post their photos/videos if they have social media accounts


  • Photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .png, .psd, .raw or .tiff format. 
  • Images should be submitted with the highest quality regarding file size. 
  • Both colour and/or black and white images will be accepted.
  • Videos must be submitted in .mp4, .mpg, .wmv, .avi, .or .mov format. 
  • They may not exceed twenty seconds. Videos should be submitted with the highest quality regarding file size.
  • The material must not violate or infringe tierce’s rights, including but not limited to trademark, privacy, publicity or other intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.
  • The submission must not contain dates, texts, brand names, logos and/or trademarks;
  • The submission must be in any of the following FAO official languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.


  • The jury is comprised of an independent group of 5 individuals with different areas of expertise in photography, science and scientific communications from the GSP Secretariat and the GSOBI20 Organizing Committee.
  • The jury will shortlist the finalists based on the following criteria:
  1. Creativity/Originality;
  2. Informational Content;
  3. Technical Proficiency; and
  4. Artistic and Visual Impact.


  • The winners of each category will be awarded a prize of USD 500.
  • Additional prizes will be given to the 5 shortlisted finalists of each category. 
  • They will receive soil related gadgets, an official certificate of recognition and will have their entries printed and exposed in the FAO Atrium during the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity.


  • Submission opens: 5 April 2020
  • Submission closes: 30 June 2020
  • Shortlisting of the 5 best submissions for each category: July-August 2020
  • Public vote opens: 7-9 September 2020*
  • Public vote closes (announcement of the winner): 9 September 2020

About the Food and Agriculture Organization:

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Its goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. They believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.

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