Photo and Video Contest on Soil Biodiversity

Deadline: 30 June 2020
Open to: entrants who own copyright and have taken the photographs/videos themselves
Benefits: the winners of each category will be awarded a prize of USD 500


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.

In the framework of GSOBI20, FAO and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP) is launching a photo and video contest on soil biodiversity.

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.


  • Each participant can submit up to five entries by filling and submitting the registration form.
  • Entries should be sent by email to [email protected] by 30 June 2020 or 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.


  • 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.

How to apply?

To apply, please fill out the registration form.

For any enquiries regarding GSOBI20 contest, please contact:  [email protected].

For more information, please visit the official web page.