Rules for the Contest
- The submitted video must begin with the phrase “Excuse me, Mr. Secretary-General…”
- Only entries submitted via YouTube will be eligible for consideration.
- To sign up for an account on YouTube, please visit http://www.youtube.com/create_account.
- Video entries must not exceed 30 seconds in length.
- The contestant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age on the date he/she enters the contest.
- Video submissions must be original and unpublished work by the contestant and not infringe on any copyright laws.
- Submitted videos must be recorded in English or French or subtitled in English or French.
- Each entrant must fill out the Entry Form
- Video submissions may not contain any offensive or inappropriate content, according to United Nations principles and practices, and must comply with YouTube’s general terms and conditions.
- Current or former staff members, interns or retirees of the United Nations Organization, its Agencies, Funds or Programmes and any family and/or house-hold members of these staff members are not eligible
- The contest will end on 8 September 2011 at 11:55 p.m. New York time (EST). Entries submitted after this time or modified past the end of the contest will not be eligible.
- The results will be announced in late September 2011 on the official Citizen Ambassadors website www.uncitizenambassadors.org and on the UN Channel on YouTube.
- Video entries will be judged based on the following criteria:
- Merit: Does the video message merit viewing by world leaders?
- Originality: Does the video message offer original opinions or suggestions?
- Creativity: How creative is the video in its form and content?
- Bonus points will be awarded for exceptionally aesthetic or compelling messages.
- The winning videos will be chosen by a panel of United Nations officials and external partners. The decisions of the judging panel are final and binding.
- Three winners will be designated Citizen Ambassadors to the United Nations for a two-year term and will be invited to visit UN Headquarters in New York City in Fall/Winter 2011.
Follow these few simple suggestions to produce a video that the judges will enjoy viewing and help you get noticed.
- …Get to the point – immediately!
- …Make your video interesting. You have only 30 seconds to grab attention.
- …Make sure we can hear you clearly!
- …Make sure we can see your video clearly!
- …Read the contest rules carefully and follow each one.
- …Keep your video under the specified length. If your video is over 30 seconds it will not be eligible.
- …Be creative!
- …Say something meaningful. Share a unique idea, experience, or recommendation.
- …Fill out the Entry/Video Submission Form completely and accurately.
- …Remember that all entries must be spoken or subtitled in English or French.
- …Ramble about something insignificant or that is common knowledge.
- …Waste time rephrasing the question or introducing yourself.
- … Forget about your background and surrounding, and how you are framed in the shot
- … Read from a script or in a monotone voice.
- …Infringe on copyright laws if you use images or music.
- … Lie about your age or pretend that you are eligible if you are not (see Rules of the Contest)
- … Feel that you are only one person, can’t make a difference, or won’t win.
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