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Clean Air Punjab Competition [Prizes Worth Rs. 30k]: Register by Jan 10, 2021: Expired

About the Competition

What is it that the world doesn’t know when they talk about pollution in north India and its causes? We want to hear from those living and breathing in the state of Punjab and are most affected by these conversations.

Young people – we want to hear from you! Share the most unheard Punjab pollution stories and local solutions for clean air by joining this competition.

Be innovative, be persuasive – and be bold!

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The Clean Air Punjab Competition accepts submissions from two different media categories:

  • Videos
  • Photo Essay

The submission can be on any of the one themes listed below:

  • Behind pollution: What is the state of air quality in Punjab? What are the different sources of air pollution and what are we doing about it?
  • Punjabi’s story: Stories on how air pollution has affected lives & livelihoods in Punjab
  • Pind di Innovation: Highlight innovative ideas which are mitigating air pollution and bringing solutions in Punjab

These pieces can be experience-based, investigative, vox pop, documentaries or any other format that you’d prefer.

Competition Structure

Round 1: The competition is open to participants from Punjab and accepts entries in the categories listed above. Submit your entry in any of the available categories to be reviewed by the judging panel.

  • Video Story
    • Stories should be 1-3 minutes long.
    • Individuals/groups can submit one story per category.
    • Stories should be appropriate for all audiences shot under fair use after the prior consent of individuals captured
  • Photo series 
    • Each photograph should be accompanied by a caption and a short description (50 words)
    • The photograph should be original; not morphed and the participant should be the sole and original owner of it.
    • The photo must not contain violence, profanity, obscenity, racism, intimidation or direct attacks on individuals or organizations.

Round 2: Top 50 entries will be selected and will join a 2-day Bootcamp after which they’ll have to work on a final assignment related to the story prompts shared in the bootcamp. Training and mentorship for selected students with the Pluc team will be provided through this process.

  • The Bootcamp will cover: 
    • Introduction to Mobile Storytelling
    • How to find a good story
    • How to storyboard
    • How to shoot
    • How to anchor
    • How to fact-check
    • How to position your video on social media
    • Tips & Tricks
    • Q&A
  • 1st Place: A cash prize of INR 15,000
  • 2nd Place: A cash prize of INR 10,000
  • 3rd Place: A cash prize of INR 5,000

In addition to that, the top 50 applicants will be provided with the following:

  • An online video making bootcamp run by an award winning platform- Pluc
  • One-on-one guidance to create your entry for the second (final) round

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Contest Eligibility
  • Any person between the age of 15-29 years, living in and sharing a story from Punjab
  • While we encourage participation from school & college students, you can submit an entry as long as you are a young person with a story to tell.
Submission Requirements

All submissions must:

  • Include the following information:
    • Name of author/producer(s)
    • Age of author/producer(s) on day of submission in the competition
    • Name of registered school/college/group if any
    • State and city of residence
  • Fulfill the Format & Structure and the Dissemination criteria for its category.
  • Focus on real and current local issues and present possible and constructive solutions supported by credible sources e.g. local stakeholders, experts, research, etc.
  • Include a credit role, footnotes or a bibliography with the sources of images, video footage, music and information not created by students (see information in T&C).

Entries will be judged by a panel of storytelling experts, environmentalists, air quality experts and select partners. The full names of the judges can be made available on request. Judging will take place during January and February 2021 after which winners will be contacted and announced for the same, unless a winner objected to publication of their name at the time of entry. Entries will be judged on the criteria of originality, creativity, quality, and solutions presented. The judging panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entertained once the declaration has been made. Winners will be contacted via the contact information provided with their submission.

Terms and Conditions
  • There is no fee payable to enter the competition.
  • Entries can be in Hindi, English, Punjabi
  • Declaration of Consent for the Processing of Personal Information and the Use of Videos/Photos/Articles Submitted
  • When signing up to this competition, you agree that we can process your personal data provided in the submission form and given to us during the competition. We process the data so that we can register your participation, judge the submission and save what you have submitted and publish your submission.
  • Necessary permission, e.g., for photographing the faces of children and women especially, are the responsibility of the author and must, therefore, be sought. All videos will be saved in our archives and used to promote the winners and the programme.
  • Plagiarism and citing Your Sources: Plagiarism, or using someone else’s ideas, words, images, videos and music and representing it as your own original work, is a serious offense. Therefore, it is very important that you properly cite any ideas, text or other media that are not your own. You can cite your sources using footnotes, credit rolls for videos, or a bibliography. There are several online sources where you can check your written work, such as articles, for plagiarism. As stated in the criteria, all photos, articles, and videos should be your own original work, and in the case of videos a minimum of 70 percent of the video should be your own video footage, images, etc. When reporting on issues and events, it is likely you will conduct additional research on your topic – and we encourage this! Just make sure that you can show where you found your information by citing it.
  • Use of Music for Video Entries: It is illegal to copy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of copyright-protected music, photos and text, without the written permission of the copyright rights-holder. Obtaining music licenses to permit the use of copyright-protected material, even for a not-for-profit video, can be problematic. As such, it is strongly recommended that you do not use copyright protected music in a video entry.
How to Register?

Interested participants can register for the competition through this link.

Registration Deadline

Jan 10, 2021



For more details, click the link below.

Clean Air Punjab Competition

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