I. Post a 60-second long video clip or animation on Twitter or Instagram that highlights the wider implications of your plant-focused research and why it matters. Entries can take any form of video clip (i.e. talking head, song or poem, presentation, animation, image series, poster board etc.). We are looking for engaging and fun entries, not those that are professionally filmed and edited. Videos taken with smart phones are welcome and we particularly encourage entries from early career researchers and students. Feel free to get creative!


II. Select one of the following two categories:

  • Plant science – this is a general category for most entrants. Please include the following hashtags in your post: #Scicomm and #PlantSciVid.
  • Plant health– this category has been chosen especially to celebrate the International Year of Plant Health. Please include the following hashtags if your entry relates to plant health: #IYPH2020, #Scicomm and #PlantSciVid.

III. To ensure that we see your entry, please make sure to tag in both the Global Plant Council and Plants, People, Planet on Twitter (@GlobalPlantGPC @plantspplplanet) or Instagram (@globalplantcouncil @plantspplplanet).


IV. Finally, don’t forget to include a short caption in your post to accompany your entry and attract views!


1.  ORGANIZERS: The organizers of the GPC/PPP #PlantSciVid Contest (the “Contest”) are The Global Plant Council and Plants, People, Planet (the “Organizers”)

2. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open globally to entrants who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.  Employees, officers and representatives of the Organizers, their related companies and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, and agents (collectively, “Contest Entities”), as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each such individual (whether related or not) are not eligible. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Contest is only open to entrants who have complied with the steps detailed above in “How to enter the contest”

3. AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: By participating in the Contest, each entrant unconditionally agrees to and accepts these official rules and the decisions of the Organizers, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Contest.

AN ENTRY IS DEFINED AS: A Tweet or Instagram post that includes the highlighted hashtags and mentions both organizers.

AN ENTRANT IS DEFINED AS the owner of the Twitter or Instagram account.

Only one post/first post of the photograph or video clip will be entered into the competition.

4. CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest period begins at 16th April 2020, 00:00 GMT and ends on the 15th June 2020, 00:00 GMT. All online entries must be received by 15th June 2020, 00:00 GMT.


Submission Phase: During the Contest, tweet the videos.

By entering, the entrant warrants that his or her Entry:

·        Adheres to all listed Technical Specifications set forth below.

·        Complies with all Content Restrictions set forth below.

Content Restrictions:

The Entry must NOT contain:

·       Nudity, lewd or vulgar behaviour or language.

·       Material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, including but not limited to copyright infringement.

·       Brand names or trademarks.

·       Photos or videos of artwork without proper license or ownership.

·       Material that is hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libellous.

·       Material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.

·       Material that is unlawful, in violation of, or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where the Entry is created.

Any Entry that includes content that is deemed inappropriate, indecent, obscene or otherwise does not comply with the above restrictions (collectively, the “Content Restrictions”), as determined by the Organizers

The winners will be selected by members of the Global Plant Science Board of Directors.

Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and shall result in disqualification. In the event of a dispute as to any registration, the authorized account holder of the email address used to register shall be deemed to be the registrant or entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder.

Limit one prize per entrant.

6. LICENSE: Entrant retains ownership of the copyright in any submitted Entry. However, by entering this Contest, entrant grants Sponsor the non-exclusive irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual right to edit, adapt, use and publish in any media now known or hereafter discovered any or all of the Entry without compensation to the entrant, his or her successors or assigns, or any other entity.  Entries will be given attribution credit based on the name supplied with the Entry. SUBMITTING AN ENTRY IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES ENTRANT’S IRREVOCABLE ASSIGNMENT, CONVEYANCE, AND TRANSFERENCE TO SPONSOR OF THE FOREGOING RIGHTS.

7. REQUIREMENTS OF CONTEST WINNERS. The winner shall be announced on or about 30th June 2020 on the @GlobalPlantGPC Twitter account. The winner will subsequently be notified by Twitter or Instagram private message on or about 30th June 2020. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of an entrant, the authorized account holder of the Twitter account supplied to submit the chosen Entry shall be deemed to be the entrant. The potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder. The winner must comply with all contest rules as published. The potential prize winner shall be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release within five (5) days from the date of notification. In the event that the potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize shall be awarded to the entrant with the second most number of votes. The winner agrees to conduct any and all media interviews related to the Contest if requested and not disparage Sponsor during any such interviews. Winner agrees to modify its Entry in any way dictated by Sponsor. Failure to comply with this requirement for any reason or return of prize notification or prize as undeliverable shall result in forfeiture of any prize, and the prize shall be awarded to the entrant with the second most number of votes. Winner must supply all necessary files in a format that complies with the Technical Specifications. The winner shall work with Organizers to change the file in any way deemed necessary for publication of the Entry. These requirements apply to all entrants.

8. PRIZES: Two (2) PRIZES: The two Winner(s) of the contest (the “Winners”), one per category, will each receive a $250 Amazon gift card. No substitution shall be made except as provided herein at the Organizers’ sole discretion. Organizers reserve the right to substitute any listed prize or prize component for one of equal or greater value if a designated prize or component should become unavailable for any reason. The odds of winning depend on the number and quality of eligible entries received.

9. PUBLICITY: Except where prohibited, participation in the Contest constitutes winner’s agreement and consent to Organizers’ use of winner’s name, address (city, state), likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, Entry and/or prize information, for promotional purposes worldwide in any media without further notice, payment or consideration.

10. GENERAL CONDITIONS: Organizers reserve the right to cancel or modify the Contest if fraud, technical failures or any other factor beyond Sponsors’ reasonable control impairs the integrity of the Contest, as determined by Sponsors in their sole discretion. In such event, Organizers reserve the right to select the winner for the Contest from among the eligible Entries received up to the time of the impairment. Organizers reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any entrant they find to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Organizers’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of this provision.

 11. RELEASE: By entering this Contest, entrant agrees to release and hold harmless, Contest Entities from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize.

12. LIMIT OF LIABILITY: Contest Entities shall have no responsibility or liability (including, but not limited to, liability for any property loss, damage, personal injury or death) in connection with: (i) participation in this Contest; (ii) human error; (iii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunctioning of any computer, cable, network, hardware or software, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, technology outage, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of Entries, whether caused by the sender or any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Contest; (iv) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions or telephone or Internet service; (v) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Contest; (vi) electronic or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest or the processing of Entries; (vii) acceptance/possession, use/misuse, and/or defects of prize or prize component; or (viii) any injury or damage to persons or property, including but not limited to entrant’s computer, hardware or software, which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Contest. Entrants further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Contest Entities from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest, to release all rights to bring any claim, action or proceeding against the Contest Entities. Entrants further agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Contest Entities from any and all liability resulting or arising from the Contest, to release all rights to bring any claim, action or proceeding against the Contest Entities.

 13. DISPUTES: Entrant agrees that: (i) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, other than the administration of the Contest or the determination of winners shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the courts of England and Wales; (ii) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (iii) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of England and Wales.

14. PRIVACY: The personal information collected from entrants through the Contest is subject to Global plant Council’s Privacy Policy (here)

15. RULES/WINNER LIST REQUESTS: To obtain these rules or for notification of the winner, send an email to Requests for winner list must be received by 10th July 2020.

16. The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter or Instagram.