Call for Videos: 2017 'YouTube Your Entomology' Contest

Deadline for submissions: July 2, 2017

Annapolis, MD; March 23, 2017—Ready, insect, action! Entomologists, insect enthusiasts, and both professional and amateur videographers are invited to participate in the Entomological Society of America's yearly video contest to showcase the world of insect science.

All video entries will be judged by a panel of ESA members, who will choose a winner, a runner-up, and up to three honorable mentions. Finalists will be named in August, with winners announced at ESA's annual meeting, Entomology 2017, November 5-8, in Denver. Each finalist entry will receive a "Stinger" award and a cash prize: $500 for first place, $250 for runner-up, and $50 for honorable mention.  

Videos will be rated on picture quality, sound quality, creativity, and entomological accuracy.

The 2016 YouTube Your Entomology Contest winner, selected from among 42 entries, was Aaron Pomerantz of the University of California, Berkeley for "How Butterflies Create Color & Microscopy in the Field." (View the full playlist of 2016 YouTube Your Entomology Contest videos.) 

2017 YouTube Your Entomology Contest rules:

  • Maximum length of video is three minutes (3:00). Longer videos will be disqualified.
  • At least one producer of the video must be an ESA member.
  • Entries must be submitted to with the following information included:
    • video title
    • brief video description
    • all producer's name(s)
    • link to view video on YouTube or download raw video file
  • Videos must be submitted by midnight (Eastern) Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Videos may be uploaded directly to YouTube via the entrant's own account. Or, entrants may send a video file via file-sharing service such as Dropbox or YouSendIt. All file formats that are compatible with YouTube will be accepted.

All videos will be displayed on the ESA YouTube Channel.

View past entrants to the ESA YouTube Your Entomology Contest:

CONTACT: Joe Rominiecki,, 301-731-4535 x3009

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