Strength in Diversity Online Video Contest For Nigerians by U.S. Embassy

Strength in Diversity Online Video Contest For Nigerians by U.S. Embassy

Deadline: October 6, 2017
Description of Contest Objectives

Strength in Unity Video Contest  #OutofManyOne is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, United States Embassy Abuja Nigeria.
The purpose of this contest is to promote democracy, unity, and diversity in Nigeria.


1. Contestants must be at least 18

years old on the date of entry into the contest. Contestants must be residents of Nigeria and may not be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.

2. The individual submitting the entry will be considered the contestant and will be the only individual eligible to compete for the prize. Organizations are not eligible to compete for the prize, either as an entity or through representation by an individual. In order to be eligible for the prize, the contestant must provide complete and accurate information.

3. The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the contest: Employees, interns, directors, and officers of the Contest Sponsors, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or the U.S. Government, or any employees, interns, directors, or officers of any agencies, companies or entities involved in the administration, advertising, judging, creation, development, execution, and/or fulfillment of this contest, and the immediate family members (defined as spouse, recognized partner, parent, child, sibling, and spouse or “step” of each) and those living in the same household of each such individual.

4. Once a submission has been accepted for entry into the contest, the contestant’s name (or User ID, if the contestant wishes to remain anonymous) and country may be publicly identified at the sole discretion of the contestant.

Selection of Winners

  • All videos are subject to pre- screening by Contest Sponsors to ensure compliance with these Official Contest Rules. Any videos out of compliance will not be posted. Contest Sponsors reserve the right in their sole and absolute discretion to verify in the final analysis whether a potential finalist or potential winning video submission has fully complied with these Official Contest Rules before posting to the contest site, awarding prize, recognizing as winner, etc.
  •  Judges: The contest jury is comprised of three Public Affairs staff members of the U.S. Embassy and two professional video producers/directors.
  • Judging Criteria:

Public Affairs judges will review and select the top 20 videos from the list of submitted videos

The top 20 videos will be uploaded to The Embassy’s social media properties – Facebook and YouTube with a call for public voting for favorite videos via likes, comments and shares. A participant’s total votes will be the sum of user engagement on Facebook and YouTube . Note: Engagement is combination of comments, like and shares while engagement rate is ratio of Engagement to Total Users.

The top 10 videos by popular demand as determined by user engagement will move to the final stage.

PAS/Judges will select the top 3 videos as the winners of the contest (1st, 2nd and 3rd) What are we looking for?

* Creativity and originality

* A clear message – Strength in Diversity

* A focus on Nigeria

Winners: Each winner and/or finalist will be required to sign and return to Contest Sponsors a statement of eligibility and liability/publicity release, and provide a short bio (where applicable) and a brief statement about the submission; otherwise the winner or finalist will be ineligible for any prize. The inability of Contest Sponsors to contact a potential winner may result in disqualification and/or selection of an alternate winner from among all remaining eligible submissions.

How winners and finalists will be notified

Winners and finalists will be announced on the Embassy website and via a Facebook Live event. Winners will also be contacted directly via email, SMS and/or telephone call. The Winner and finalists may choose to use an alias instead of their real name and may request other identifying information be kept private.


1st Prize : Canon EOS 80D with lens and Video Creator Kit

2nd Prize: Canon Rebel t6i with lens

3rd Prize : Canon Rebel t5 with lens

How to Enter

Record an original short video that creatively conveys a positive message celebrating diversity and national unity and upload to YouTube under your own username, captioning the video with the hashtag #OutofManyOne. The video submission can be uploaded in any format accepted by YouTube, but should not be longer than three (3) minutes .

After uploading the hashtagged video, complete the online sign up form here by providing:

1. Contestant details

2. Video link

3. Confirm the original nature of the video

4. Sign a release – allowing PAS to post and share the video
Judging begins on October 9, 2017 and ends on October 23, 2017

Click here for more information on the website of U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Nigeria 

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