FAO/GSP Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) Photo and Video Contest 2020

Deadline: June 30, 2020

In the framework of Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20), FAO and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has launched the GSOBI20 Photo and Video Contest 2020 on Soil Biodiversity. The contest aims to promote and give visibility to the importance of soil organisms; raise awareness on the urgency of protecting soil biodiversity; and stimulate engagement and participation of a wider broader audience on social media in relation to soil biodiversity.

Soil biota constitutes the greatest concentration of biomass of any part of the planet, and 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 winners for the two categories will be awarded a cash prize of $500. The five finalists will receive soil related gadgets, an official certificate of recognition and special promotion on FAO media.


The competition is divided in two main categories:

  1. Mega & Macrofaunae.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

For both categories, competitors can submit either high definition pictures or short videos/time-lapse taken through any devise, including a microscope.


  • The winners of each category will be awarded a prize of USD 500.
  • Additional prizes will be given to the 5 shortlisted finalists of each category. They will 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.


  • Each participant can submit up to five entries by filling and submitting the registration form.
  • Entries should be sent by email to GSOBI20@fao.org 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.


  • 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.

Judging Criteria

The jury will shortlist the finalists based on the following criteria:

  1. Creativity/Originality;
  2. Informational Content;
  3. Technical Proficiency; and
  4. Artistic and Visual Impact.


*Shortlisted entries may be posted on social media accounts for the public voting. GSOBI20 participants will be encouraged to vote for their favorite photographs/ videos through an online poll.

Click here to submit.

For more information, visit GSOBI20 Contest.


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