Connect4Climate (C4C), in collaboration with MTV and TerrAfrica, have just launched ‘Voices4Climate’ – a new global photo, video, music video and podcast competition focused on highlighting powerful young voices on the issue of climate change.
The new competition builds on the success of C4C’s 2011 Africa regional competition, which had over 700 photo and video submissions from every country on the African continent and awarded prizes to 54 winners from 20 African countries.
The Voices4Climate Competition aims to mobilize youth to tell their stories about how climate change affects them, their community or country and what their ideas are for concrete solutions. In the run-up to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 18) in Qatar this December 2012, the Voices4Climate Competition invites young people from all over the world to submit photos, videos, music videos, and podcasts that tell powerful climate change stories.
Each photo, video, or music video entry must tell a climate change story related to one of these eight categories: Agriculture; Cities; Energy; Forests; Gender; Health; Jobs and the Green Economy; and Water.
Watch one of the winning videos from last year, ‘Me and My Bike’ by Dickson Oyuki from Kenya for inspiration:
This year, a special podcast competition category in partnership with TerrAfrica, an African-driven global partnership program that aims to address land degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa, has been launched. All entries to the TerrAfrica Podcast Story category must tell an African land degradation or sustainable land and water management story.
Winning podcast entries will be featured at the UN Conference on Climate Change (COP18) in Doha, Qatar in December 2012. The top two TerrAfrica Podcast Story winners will be invited to Doha to cover the climate conference for TerrAfrica Green Radio.
Winning photos, videos, and music videos will be featured at a major climate change event in February 2013 in Washington, DC. Up to 70 prizes will be awarded, and the first place music video winner will be invited to spend a day with MTV editors in New York or London and have his/her music video featured on MTV’s Voices platform.
C4C is a global partnership program dedicated to climate change communications that helps to give voice to local stakeholders that have stories to tell about climate change. Using social media platforms like Facebook, it is connecting with hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.
Entries for the competition can be made through C4C’s Facebook app page and the deadline for photos, videos and music video entries has been extended to 31 December, 2012, so get ready to share your stories and local solutions. For more information on the rules and age groups (there are categories of 13 to 17 years old and 18 to 35 years old), see the Voices4Climate Competition on Facebook.