Video Contest

 Video Contest

"Earth Expressions"


About the Contest

For Earth Science Week 2018, the American Geosciences Institute invites you to enter the Earth as Inspiration video contest. Submit a brief, 30-90 second, original video that tells viewers about artistic expression that stems from the natural world where you are, and how art can be an excellent way to learn about the Earth.

Earth Science Week 2018 is engaging young people and others in exploring the relationship between art, inspiration, and Earth systems, including the geosphere (earth), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), and biosphere (life). This year’s celebration promotes public understanding of geosciences through art forms such as painting, sculpting, and music. Geoscience can be found everywhere in art, from the minerals in makeup to a dance performance about a windstorm. Tell us how the Earth has inspired you or someone in your community to be creative.

Your video entry might take almost any form. A public service announcement? An animated cartoon? A video incorporating your own original music? An interview with a family member, a professional geoscientist, or an artist who uses geosciences to create their work? Some other format? You decide. Be creative!

Contest Guidelines

Please check back from time to time for updates of the contest. These will appear in the ‘Updates’ link on the menu.


The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons of any age in any part of the world. 

The entrant(s) must:

  • Certify that all content in the video is original and belongs to the entrant(s).
  • 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.

IMPORTANT: To 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 emailed to Celia Thomas at 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.

Your video submission is considered incomplete until we receive these items.

All eligible submissions must be received electronically by 5 p.m. ET, Friday, October 19, 2018.

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. Contestants under the age of 18 must download, complete, and have their parent or legal guardian sign a permission form and submit it with entry.

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 entrant(s).
  • The name of the site and a brief description of any featured location(s), including longitude and latitude.


Videos should run between 30 and 90 seconds 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 entrant(s), 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. Published material includes that which has been posted on the Internet. Videos may include footage shot at the site, animations, computer images, drawings, data, and so on.

Additional Rules: By submitting an entry, the entrant(s) represents that the video is an original work, and the entrant(s) is the sole owner of all rights to the video. The entrant(s) also agrees to allow the American Geosciences Institute to use his or her name to post on the AGI website, without compensation unless prohibited. Each entrant(s) retains his or her 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 contractor, 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 “Earth Expressions” (how people use Earth systems to inspire their art, or how they showcase the Earth in their art)
  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 Earth Expressions video entry, click here

For questions please contact: Program Associate Celia Thomas - 703-379-2480 ext. 150

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