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Students' Contest

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest! We received over 50 entries from around the world.

The students’ contest was won by Julianne Fetalvero, from the Philippines. Honourable mentions also went to Ieva Siksaliete from Latvia and Osamaphi Lyngdoh from India.

Winning entry: Julianne Fetalvero, from the Philippines

Honourable mentions

Ieva Siksaliete, Latvia

Osamaphi Lyngdoh, India

Contest Description

Did you know that forests cover one third of all land on earth and are home to 80% of the planet’s land animal and plant species? Forests and trees make vital contributions to our lives and to the planet, bolstering livelihoods, providing clean air and water, conserving biodiversity and responding to climate change.

As the 2019 theme for the International Day of Forests is ‘Forests and Education’, we’re inviting students from around the world aged 15 to 25 to send us a short video that teaches others about the importance of forests and trees. What is unique about the forests and trees near your home and why are they important to you and your community? 

The videos will be posted on FAO’s website and the winner of the contest will win an action camera!

Deadline for entries: 15 March 2019.

How do I enter?

Follow these 3 easy steps to enter:

  1. Make a short video (less than 1 minute) that teaches others about your forests and trees. The video can be produced with any professional or non-professional device (smartphone, tablet, video camera). The video quality can be high definition or standard definition. Both are common standards, and are usually provided in cameras and smartphones made after the year 2000.
  2. Upload the video to your personal YouTube account. Instructions for creating an account if you do not have one can be found here
  3. Send an email to IDF@fao.org. Include your name, date of birth, country, a short description of the video and the video link.