2015 is the International Year of Soils, so in celebration of one of our most important natural resources, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Lexicon of Sustainability are hosting the “Voices of Soil” Essay and Video Contest for young farmers, agricultural students, or any young person who appreciates the value of healthy soil.
The “Voices of Soil” contest is open to US residents (excluding residents of Puerto Rico and other US Territories) ages 18 to 28, who love soil and are pursuing an education or career in agriculture, environmental science, or other related fields to enter. We especially encourage submissions from young farmers. Partner staff, relations of partner staff, and relations of the judging committee are not eligible to compete.
We are accepting written essay and/or video submissions that answer one or more of the following questions:
Videos must be no longer than 5 minutes in length and you can copy/paste the complete URL of the video from the following platforms: LexiconofFood.com, YouTube.com, Vimeo.com (examples: https://www.lexiconoffood.com/video/lets-talk-about-soil or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arTAwCNAaFA or https://vimeo.com/53618201).
Written essays must be between 700 and 1000 words and uploaded files should be less than 64MB, .pdf, .doc, .docx formats only allowed. Alternatively you can copy/paste the complete Lexicon of Food post URL for the essay (example: https://www.lexiconoffood.com/post/ten-things-you-should-know-about-soil)
SUBMISSION DEADLINE is Midnight PDT on SEPTEMBER 8th, 2015. NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS
Individuals may not submit more than one entry. Both video and written essays must be the original work of the contestant. Any sources or quotes must be properly cited. All work must follow federal copyright guidelines.
A total of $5000 in prizes will be awarded as follows:
One (1) grand prize winner will receive $1000 for best overall written essay.
One (1) grand prize winner will receive $1000 for best overall video essay.
$500 will be awarded each for best written and video essays addressing prompt 1.
$500 will be awarded each for best written and video essays addressing prompt 2.
$500 will be awarded each for best written and video essays addressing prompt 3.
In addition to these cash prizes, winning submissions will be publicized by Lexicon of Sustainability, NRDC, and our partners through online and social media.
The contest will be open for submissions July 8, 2015 and the deadline to submit a written or video essay is Midnight PDT on Tuesday September 8, 2015. Sponsors are not responsible for late or unsuccessful attempts to enter.
All submissions will be judged on a non-discriminatory basis; winners will be selected by merit alone. The contest sponsors and a special invited guest judging panel will view each video and select winners through a pre-determined process. We will be judging your work for quality, relevance, and creativity.
During the contest judging period, submissions will be judged on the following criteria: (a) 50 percent quality of writing, quality of production, and quality of ideas presented; (b) 30 percent relevance of subject matter to the prompt; (c) 20 percent originality and creativity.
The judging period begins September 1, 2015 and winners will be announced on September 30, 2015.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.
TO ENTER: Read contest information below, follow the instructions to fill out your submission form, then click on the button to “Submit Your Work.”
Please use the online form below to submit your application. Make sure you have read the Rules and Regulations (you can also download the rules and regulations here) before submitting your work. The form will display additional fields when you choose the format (Video Link or Written Essay) you want to submit. You will receive a notification email at the end of the process.