YouTube Your Entomology Contest

Every year, the Entomological Society of America invites entomologists, insect enthusiasts, and both professional and amateur videographers to showcase the world of insect science and enter the annual YouTube Your Entomology Contest.

All videos entered are showcased on the ESA YouTube Channel, and videos are judged for their creativity, entomological accuracy, sound quality, video quality, and editing. Winning video teams earn cash prizes and are honored at the ESA Annual Meeting.

Call for Videos: CLOSED

The video submission period for the 2018 YouTube Your Entomology Contest closed July 1.

All entries to the 2018 contest can be viewed on the ESA YouTube Channel.

General Contest Rules

The entry period for the YouTube Your Entomology Contest opens circa April 1 each year.

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 2018, November 11-14, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 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 judged on the following criteria: creativity, entomological accuracy, sound quality, video quality, and editing.

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 pubs@entsoc.org with the following information included:
    • video title
    • brief video description
    • all producer's name(s)
    • link to view video on YouTube or to download raw video file
  • Videos must be submitted by the assigned deadline (typically circa July 1 each year).

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.

For questions regarding the YouTube Your Entomology Contest, please contact Joe Rominiecki, ESA manager of communications, at jrominiecki@entsoc.org.

Past YouTube Your Entomology Contest Winners

The 2017 YouTube Your Entomology Contest winner, selected from among 35 entries, was "Ant Plants: Cecropia – Azteca Symbiosis," by Peter Marting at Arizona State University and Andrew Quitmeyer at the National University of Singapore.

View past entrants to the ESA YouTube Your Entomology Contest:

Advice From Experts

In 2017, the Entomology Today blog spoke with three past contest winners to get their advice on creating compelling video to communicate entomology. Check out their tips and perspectives at the links below.

Communicating Entomology Through Video: Q&A With Aaron Pomerantz

Communicating Entomology Through Video: Q&A With Aaron Pomerantz

Communicating Entomology Through Video: Q&A With Erin Hodgson

Communicating Entomology Through Video: Q&A With Erin Hodgson

Communicating Entomology Through Video: Q&A With Adrian Smith

Communicating Entomology Through Video: Q&A With Adrian Smith

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