30 June,2020





Photo and video contest on soil biodiversity

Soil biota constitutes the greatest concentration of biomass of any part of the planet: The objectives of the Photo and video contest on Soil Biodiversity are to

  • Promote and give visibility to the importance of soil organisms.
  • Raise awareness of the urgency of protecting soil biodiversity.
  • Stimulate engagement and participation of a wider broader audience on social media in relation to soil biodiversity.

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Soil biota is composed of an immeasurable amount of mega, macro, meso and microorganisms. This diverse community of living organisms keeps the soil healthy and fertile. This vast world constitutes soil biodiversity and determines the main biogeochemical processes that make life possible on Earth.

The competition is divided in two main categories:

  1. Mega & Macrofauna:e.g. Toads, moles, beavers, rabbits, badgers,  earthworms, termites, ants, millipedes, woodlice…etc
  2. Meso & Microfauna:e.g. Small invertebrates such as tardigrades, mites, insects like collembolans, diplurans and proturans, bacteria, protozoans, fungi, nematodes…etc

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Photography
  • Video

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

  • Submission opens: 5 April 2020
  • Submission closes: 30 June 2020
  • Shortlisting of the 5 best submissions for each category: July-August 2020
  • The public vote opens: 7-9 September 2020
  • Public vote closes (announcement of the winner): 9 September 2020

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Each participant can submit up to five entries by filling and submitting the registration form.
  • Entries should be sent by email to by 30 June 2020 using any file transfer services.
  • Entrants must own the copyright and must have taken the photographs/ videos themselves. They may have been taken at any time prior to the contest launch.
  • Photographs and videos should fall under one of the categories mentioned above.
  • Participants should not forget to post their photos/videos if they have social media accounts, using the competition hashtags: #SoilBiodiversity,#GSOBI20 and #Biodiversity2020. The FAO corporate social media may share and retweet the winning photos on corporate accounts.

Opportunity Cost


  • The winners of each category will receive a prize of USD 500. In addition to that, additional prizes will be given to the 5 shortlisted finalists of each category. They will also receive soil-related gadgets, an official certificate of recognition, and will have their entries printed and exposed in the FAO Atrium during the Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity, on UN/FAO websites and social media channels, and on a special article featuring the winners of the contest.

How to Apply

First Step:

Download the application form

Second Step:

Uploud your photo or video with this  rules

  • Photographs must be submitted in .jpeg, .png, .psd, .raw or .tiff format. Images should be submitted with the highest quality regarding file size, bit depth and resolution. Both colour and/or black and white images will be accepted.
  • Videos must be submitted in .mp4, .mpg, .wmv, .avi, .or .mov format. They may not exceed twenty seconds. Videos should be submitted with the highest quality regarding file size, bit depth and resolution.
  • 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, texts, 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.

Third step:

  Send the form to

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This Scholarship Published by:
Fatma Sayed/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Mohamed Sayed/ Egypt
MARJ3 Fellow
MARJ3 Scholarships Team