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Video Contest

Make a video to share your solution to a global population challenge.

Through the World of 8 Billion student video contest, middle and high schoolers are given the platform to think critically about global challenges related to population and share what they think we should do to fix it.

2023 Winners

Video Contest Challenge

Explain how population growth impacts one of the following global topics and offer an idea for a sustainable solution. The global topics are:

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Climate Change

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Videos are judged by topic. Within each topic, awards will be presented as follows:

High School (9th-12th)

First Place winner receives


Second Place winner receives


Two Honorable Mention winners receive


Middle School (6th-8th)

First Place winner receives


Second Place winner receives


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International by Region Honor

Six prizes will be awarded to the best video by world region (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America).

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State Honor

50 prizes will be awarded to the best video in each U.S. state.

Organize your ideas with the Video Project Organizer, a step-by-step guide to the contest!

The Video Project Organizer is a digital notebook that promotes collaboration and keeps students organized.

Getting Started

Ready to share your ideas about how to fix global population issues and showcase your video making skills? Make a copy of the Video Project Organizer as an Interactive, Digital Notebook or download the PDF version to follow our step-by-step guide to the contest!

Choose & Research Your Topic

Each year we select specific global topics associated with human population issues. Browse resources and research about this year’s topics to find one that inspires you. Remember, the strongest videos don’t try to tackle an entire global topic. Possible subtopics include:

Climate Change

Energy use, farming/livestock resources, deforestation, extreme weather events, environmental justice, disease evolution, etc.

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Gender Equality

Girls’ education, sanitation, access to healthcare & family planning, economic opportunities, women in government, paid & unpaid labor, etc.

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Food waste, sanitation, responsible consumption & production, e-waste, health implications, environmental justice, etc.

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Develop a Solution

Gather information from credible sources. Consider the scope of the topic, the stakeholders, and possible obstacles to making a change. Don’t forget to find the connection between your topic and population growth!

Plan Your Video

Refer to the Video Project Organizer as you write your script – you’ll find you already have most of the information you need. Figure out any props, materials, music, and other items you might need to make your project shine!

Lights – Camera – Action!

Review the Video Tips, Rules and Requirements, and Judging Rubric for extra guidance.


Upload Your Video

The 2022-2023 contest is now closed. The contest will reopen at the beginning of the next school year!

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