XV WFC Forest Change-Maker Video Competition

XV WFC Forest Change-Maker Video Competition

Deadline: December 31, 2021

XV WFC Forest Change-Maker Video Competition (credit: fb @wkc2021)

The World Forestry Congress is pleased to announce the launch of the youth forest change-maker video competition. 

The competition invites youth (18–35 years) to showcase the activities they’re involved in that have a positive impact on both forest ecosystems and their community. The activities must be relevant to at least one of the six WFC sub-themes. 

If you are ready to share your interesting story and lessons learned with people around the world, find out how to participate and about the great prizes for the winning submissions!


Terms and Conditions:

The Competition 

The XV World Forestry Congress (“WFC”; “the Congress”) will be held from 2 to 6 May 2022 in Seoul, the Republic of Korea. The Congress will bring together the global forestry community to review and analyze key challenges facing the sector and ways to address these.

The WFC Secretariat is organizing a video competition (the “Competition”) as part of the outreach and engagement activities taking place in the lead-up to the Congress. The Competition aims to give participants the opportunity to showcase their forest-related activities that are relevant to at least one of the six Congress sub-themes and have a positive impact on both forest ecosystems and on communities.

Entrants to the Competition are asked to submit a video following these specifications:

  • One (1) entry per individual or team. If the entry is submitted by a team, all members of a team must fall within the same eligibility category. All participants must be credited.
  • Video length must be maxed 4 minutes.
  • Must be related to the Congress theme and sub-themes.
  • There is no set structure and creativity is encouraged. The video could be a short informal video introducing the Entrants and showing what they do and how it benefits forests and people. It can be recorded on a cell phone: what is important is the story and the impact.
  • Videos must be accompanied by a short text about the initiative/work, relevance to sub-theme, and the impact it is having (no more than 400 words).
  • It should be original work and may not have won any other contest, or be commercially published whether for news, advertising, or otherwise.
  • Video can be in any language, as long as there are subtitles in English, French, or Spanish.

Entries must be from entrants who are:

  • Youth forest change-makers and early career professionals aged 18 to 35 years old.


The Competition is open only to individuals (“Entrants”). The age to declare is that at the time of the closing date of the Competition.

Entrants must submit to the Competition original works for which they are the sole creator and own the copyright. They can also make use of footage and other materials distributed under the Creative Commons license, or other licenses that allow for free use and modification of existing materials. If the video contains images of a person or persons, Entrants must have obtained the permission of those persons, or if such person or person is under the age of 18, of their respective parent or legal guardian, for submission of their video to the Competition, as well as for the use of the video as described herein.

The WFC Secretariat will not be responsible for any claim or complaints alleging violation of the rights of third parties. 

By entering the Competition, the Entrant indicates that the video submitted does not infringe upon the rights of any other third party. The Entrant agrees to grant an irrevocable, perpetual worldwide non-exclusive license to the WFC Secretariat to reproduce, distribute, display, share and create derivative works of the entries in connection with the Competition and the promotion of Congress.

The entries may be used for:

  • display on the WFC website (www.wfc2021korea.org) and social media channels;
  • display at public exhibitions to promote the Congress;
  • display in a video or any other media for non-commercial use to promote the Congress;
  • publications including posters, postcards, and calendars to promote the Congress;
  • editing, as necessary, to fit pre-defined formats to promote the work of Congress.

The WFC Secretariat will not pay any fees for, nor pay any costs relating to, the entry of the video(s) into the Competition or for their use as described above. Where possible and to the extent feasible, the WFC Secretariat will credit the producer as follows when publishing: ©First and last name of the producer.

The WFC Secretariat reserves the right to verify the eligibility of any entry and/or Entrant (including an Entrant’s identity and address) and to disqualify any Entrant who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these rules or who tampers with the entry process.

By submitting entries to the Competition, Entrants agree that personal data, especially name, and address, may be processed, shared and otherwise used for the purposes outlined in these Rules and in accordance with relevant WFC Secretariat rules and policies. Personal data may also be used by the

WFC Secretariat in order to verify the Entrant’s identity, postal address, and telephone number or to otherwise verify the Entrant’s eligibility to participate in the Competition. The WFC Secretariat is not responsible for any entries not received due to internet or software failures.

Process and Selection Criteria

The Competition opens at 12:00:00 Central European Time (CET) on 25 October 2021 and closes at 12:00:00 pm CET 31 December 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

After the deadline for submission has expired, the WFC Secretariat will select, at its sole discretion, a shortlist of finalists for each age category received within the deadline and based on the following criteria: artistic value, innovation and originality, actual and potential for positive impact to the community and/or forests, relevance to the Competition theme, and communication potential.

The shortlist will be submitted to a panel of Jury members from around the world involved in forest work and outreach. The jury, at its sole discretion, will select the top six (6) videos that it considers meeting the above criteria most closely.

The authors of the top six videos will be notified by email using the contact details provided with the shortlisted entry. In the event that any of the selected winners are ineligible, cannot be traced, or does not respond within ten days to a winner notification as required by the Competition Rules above, or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited, and it will be in the sole discretion of the Jury to choose whether to award the prize to another eligible entry.

The winners of the Competition will be publicly announced in February 2022. 


Prizes will be awarded as follows:

  • The top six videos will receive a framed certificate from the WFC Secretariat and will be showcased through official Congress social media channels, and an article on the Congress blog.
  • The top three videos/projects will win a trip (flights, accommodation, living expenses) to the World Forestry Congress in Seoul, Korea, from 2 to 6 May 2022, or a tablet, where travel to the Congress is not possible. The top three submissions will also be presented with a framed "XV WFC Forest Change-Maker Award" at the Congress.

Prizes for the Competition may not be substituted, replaced or otherwise modified, unless as stated in the Competition Terms and Conditions.


By submitting entries to the Competition, the Entrant confirms that he has read, understood, and agreed to the Rules for this Competition as set out above, and to the present Terms and Conditions.

In the event of any dispute regarding the Rules for this Competition or the present Terms and Conditions, the conduct, or the results of the competition, the WFC Secretariat’s decision shall be final.

General Information

The first World Forestry Congress was held in Rome in 1926 and subsequent Congresses have taken place about every six years since then. In 1954, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was entrusted with providing technical support to the Congress in close cooperation with the host country and proudly continues to do so today. The XV World Forestry Congress in Seoul will bring together the global forestry community to review and analyze key challenges facing the sector and ways to address these. Participation is usually diverse, with representation from all regions and sectors; including the public and private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), scientific or professional bodies, and forestry societies, youth and young professionals as well as those who simply care about forests and the environment.

Nothing in the Rules for this Competition, nor any acts performed or statements made in relation to this competition, shall be deemed a waiver, express or implied, of any of the privileges and immunities of the WFC Secretariat or the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 


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