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Global Symposium on Salt-affected Soils (GSAS21)

Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity

20-22 October 2021 | Time: 13.00-16.00 CEST

Video contest on Salt-affected Soils

In the framework of the Global Symposium on Salt-Affected Soils (GSAS21), FAO and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP) is launching a Video Contest on Salt-Affected Soils. The purpose is to offer to participants the opportunity to share the successful practices and technologies aimed at rehabilitation and sustainable management of saline and sodic soils.


The videos should illustrate the following elements:

  • Explain briefly the main principles of practice or technology;
  • Explain how the practice or technology helps to decrease the negative impact of soil salinity and sodicity;
  • Show the overall positive impact of practice or technology on soil health and soil productivity;
  • Show the environmental, economic and social context of this practice or technology.

  • Each participant can submit up to five entries by filling this Registration form. For any issues to access the google form, please download and fill this form and send it by email to [email protected].
  • If the entry exceeds the maximum allowed size, contestants are invited to use WeTransfer, Google Drive, Dropbox or any other free file transfer services.
  • Contestants must own the copyright and must have taken the photographs themselves. They may have been taken at any time prior to the contest launch.
  • Participants are welcome to post their photos on their social media accounts, using the hashtag #SoilSalinization #GSAS21. 

  • The FAO-GSP respects photographers/video-makers rights and does not claim copyright over photographs/videos submitted to this contest. The author retains full copyright in each entry. Whenever the photograph/video is published, the author will be credited.
  • Participation in the contest grants FAO-GSP unrestricted permission to use for the preparation of FAO material and FAO digital channels.
  • FAO-GSP does NOT own copyright and authors are free to use the photograph/video for other purposes at their choosing. 

  • Videos must be submitted in .mp4, .mpg, .wmv, .avi, .or .mov format. Theyshould be   3-5 minutes long. Videos should be submitted with the highest quality regarding file size, bit depth and resolution. The script should be either provided as a text or included as subtitle directly in the video.
  • The material must not violate or infringe tierce’s rights, including but not limited to trademark, privacy, publicity, or other intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement.
  • The submission must not contain dates, text, brand names, logos and/or trademarks.
  • The submission must be in any of the following FAO official languages: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. If the audio of the video is available in a non FAO languages, please provide subtitles in any of the FAO official languages (as a text file or directly insert subtitles in the video)

The Scientific Committee of GSAS21 will identify three finalists based on the following criteria: (1) Creativity/Originality; (2) Informational Content including the evidence of the positive impact of the practice and technology on soil salinity/sodicity and, in general, soil health; (3) Technical Proficiency; and (4) Artistic and Visual Impact. 

The first three prizes will respectively win a cash prize of USD 500, USD 300  and USD 200.
The videos of the winners will be shown during the GSAS21 Symposium
The winners will receive soil related gadgets, an official certificate of recognition and will have their entries exposed on the UN/FAO websites and social media channels, and on a special article featuring the winners of the contest.

Submit your entry
  • Submission opens:  17 August 2021
  • Submission closes: EXTENDED 22 November 2021
  • Three winners announced:  5 December 2021
  • Broadcast of the winning video: during World Soil Day celebrations