Make your voice heard: participate in the NATO 2030 video contest

  • 07 Sep. 2020 -
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  • Last updated: 08 Sep. 2020 09:59

Do you want to tell the NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg, how you feel about security today, and in 2030?

Now's your chance by answering one of these questions in a short video:

  • What will be the most significant threats to peace and security in 2030, and how will NATO need to adapt to counter them?
  • How can NATO help to keep me and my family safe, now and in 2030?

Your opinion counts. Your ideas will be built into the Alliance's vision for NATO 2030, so take this opportunity to make your voice heard.

Be creative! We look forward to receiving original and compelling videos.

NATO will select four winners: the best two videos for each question. Each winner will be invited to show their video to the Secretary General at a major online forum taking place in autumn. Please note that only individual entries are accepted. NATO will select one winner per entry.

Submitting your entry is simple.

All entries must be submitted through the Google form created for the video contest, by
midnight CET on 9 October 2020.
Please check the contest rules to make sure you are eligible

How to fill in the Google form:

  • Create a Google account, if you do not have one.
  • Complete the entry form in its entirety. Do not leave any fields incomplete.
  • Upload the video directly through the entry form.
  • Click 'submit' to send.

Should you have any questions regarding the contest, please send them to by 3 October 2020, in order to allow us time to provide you with an answer before the closing date of the contest.

Extra tips for making your video:

  • For entries made with a smartphone, use the same orientation (horizontal or vertical) for all filming. This will make your shots more consistent (and editing easier).
  • Stabilise the phone or camera. Steady hands are okay; a little movement looks natural. Using a flat surface, tripod or selfie stick will help reduce that shaking effect.
  • Pay attention to audio. Be mindful of background noises when recording voice or even a voiceover.
  • Make sure the lens is clean every time you record.

  • Contest rules

    • You may only submit one entry and this entry must focus on one of the two following questions:
      • What will be the most significant threats to peace and security in 2030, and how will NATO need to adapt to counter them?
      • How can NATO help to keep me and my family safe, now and in 2030?
    • The length of the video must be max. 120 seconds.
    • If the video features text and/or narration, it must be in one of NATO's official languages: English or French.
    • The style of the video is up to you (e.g. it can be an animation, a video interview, etc.)
    • Entries must comply with these minimum technical requirements:
      • Device: Videos can be filmed with a camera or with a smartphone
      • Format: MP4 or MOV (MP4 is standard for Androids, MOV for iPhones)
      • Resolution: Minimum 720p, preferred 1080p or above (this can be changed easily. The default recording setting on phones is usually 1080p)
      • Size: No larger than 1GB

    Are you eligible to participate?

    • You must be a national of a NATO member country.
    • You may not enter the competition if you are a member of the International Staff or another NATO body, or a child of a member of the International Staff or another NATO body.
    • You must be aged between 18 and 25 at the time of submitting your video.
    • You must be willing and available to present publicly the content of the video (in person or online) in case of selection, and willing to have your name and photo featured together with the video entry.

    Please be aware:

    • Videos cannot include materials that contain or encourage hateful, violent/graphic, harassment, nudity/sexual, spam, misleading or fake content.
    • Videos cannot feature children unless parental authorisation has been granted.
    • Video entries must be in line with copyright rules. You may only use materials that you have made or are authorised to use, with due acknowledgement of any sources for that material.
    • You must have copyright ownership over the entire video submitted and by submitting your entry, confirm that NATO may freely use and distribute the video or parts of the video to the wider public.


  • Legal issues

    • The judges’ decision is final and will not be followed up with discussions or correspondence. Winners will be notified by NATO´s Public Diplomacy Division and announced on this web page. NATO reserves the right to select a different contestant if the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 10 calendar days.
    • The winning videos will be presented at a major online forum taking place in autumn. Winners will have a chance to visit the NATO Headquarters in Brussels and meet the NATO Secretary General subject to successful completion of security checks, and travel and visiting restrictions permitting.
    • Content from all video entries may be featured and promoted on NATO digital channels and could also be featured before and during this online forum.
    • NATO reserves the right to cancel the competition, or to amend the terms of the competition, at its discretion. Such amendments or cancellation will take effect immediately on publication on the competition website.
    • By submitting an entry for this competition, contestants agree to these terms and conditions.