"Water Is Part of Life Around the World" Video Contest: AAPG Student Chapters

 “Water Is Part of Life Around the World” Video Contest 2021

 AAPG Student Chapters: Asia Pacific Region

If you are applying for this contest as an AAPG Student Chapter member in the Asia Pacific Region please continue on this page. If you are a member of the general public seeking to participate in the 2021 Earth Science Week video contest, please click here to be redirected.

About the Contest

For Earth Science Week 2021, the American Geosciences Institute invites members of the AAPG Student Chapters in the Asia Pacific Region to enter the “Water Is Part of Life Around the World” video contest. Submit an original video that is one to three minutes long that explores some of the ways that people use or are impacted by water in your community.

Your video entry might take almost any form. A public service announcement? An animated cartoon? A video incorporating your own original music? An audio interview with a family member, a professional geoscientist, or even a member of the general public? Some other format? You decide. Show us how people of various backgrounds manage, conserve, use, are impacted by, or face issues with water—perhaps our most vital natural resource!

Contest Teaser

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Contest Promotion

Are you interested in promoting participation in the “Water Is Part of Life Around the World” video contest with your AAPG student chapter members? Please feel free to use the flyers below.

Contest Guidelines


The contest is open to teams of interested persons who are members of any AAPG Student Chapter in the Asia Pacific Region. Each team may submit only one entry. Any number of entries may be submitted from the same AAPG Student Chapter. Each individual may only be on one team.

The entrant(s) must:

  • Certify that all content in the video is original and belongs to the entrants.
  • Obtain permission to use any location that is shown in the video.
  • Ensure that all submission information (e.g., names and signatures on the Official Photo/Video Release Form -see step 2 below-; location of place that is the entry focus site) are accurate.
  • Verify that all team participants who are under 18 years of age have permission from parents or legal guardians to take part in the contest.
  • Maintain safe practices.
  • Be respectful of any featured location(s), other people using the site, and wildlife there.
  • Provide complete contact information by which the entrant(s) can be reached.
  • Serve as point of contact for the team.
  • Respond to notifications from AGI in a timely manner.

IMPORTANTTo submit an eligible entry for the contest, you must provide three things:

1. Your YouTube submission (completed by following these directions).
2. Signed Official Photo/Video Release Form from all participants (one per member) emailed to info@earthsciweek.org. This includes release forms for any participants featured in the video who are under the age of 18. The Official Photo/Video Release Form can be found here.
3. Completed Google Form (one per team).

Your video submission is considered incomplete until we receive all three of these items. Only complete submissions with be considered eligible for judging.

All eligible submissions must be received electronically by 5 p.m. EDT (UTC-4), Monday, 1 November, 2021

All teams must download and complete this form and submit it with their entry. Any entrant(s) under the age of 18 will need a parent's or legal guardian's permission to be part of a team that enters the contest. 

Any people in the video who can be visibly recognized must sign an Official Photo/Video Release Form before the entry is submitted—minors must have parent or guardian signatures.

In addition to the video, complete entries will include:

  • The names and ages of all entrants.
  • The name of the site and a brief description of any featured location(s).


Videos should run between one and three minutes in duration.

Entries must be suitable for display to a general audience with respect to language, visual content, presentation, themes discussed, and related issues.

All entries must be completed in English, and videos must include content that is entirely understandable to an English-speaking audience.

While the copyright for the video and its content is retained by the entrants, entering the contest automatically provides AGI the right to display the video online and/or in any public or private settings without restriction.

Videos must be previously unpublished, original content and must be the sole property of the entrants, not previously submitted to any other contest. Material that has been previously posted to the Internet is considered published and may not be used in a video contest entry. Videos may include footage shot at a specific site, animations, computer images, drawings, data, and so on.

Additional Rules: By submitting an entry, the entrants represents that the video is an original work, and the entrants is the sole owner of all rights to the video. The entrants also agree to allow the American Geosciences Institute to use their name to post on the AGI website, without compensation unless prohibited. Each entrant retains their rights to their video but grants to AGI a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the video, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any AGI purpose, including, but not limited to, education, advertising, and promotion. AGI will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. The American Geosciences Institute, its agents and contractors, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or postage-due entries. The entrant is responsible for obtaining legal permission to film on the location they have chosen. Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law. AGI reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of AGI are final and binding.

Contest Judging and Prizes

Entries will be judged on the basis of the quality of the approach taken to addressing four criteria:

  1. Exploration of an example of “Water Is Part of Life Around the World” (how people of various backgrounds in your community manage, conserve, and use water.)
  2. Elements of Earth system science (geoscience)
  3. Creative approach to holding audience attention
  4. Quality of technical features

For more information on contest judges and contest prizes, click here

Tools for Success

For our shortlist of suggested resources to edit your "Water Is Part of Life Around the World" video entry, click here


For questions please contact: info@earthsciweek.org

Contest Winners from past years


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