International Video Production Competition 2017 – “My City, Our World Heritage”

Publish Date: Jan 23, 2017

Deadline: Jun 16, 2017

The OWHC is proud to renew for a fourth time the International Video Production Competition entitled “My City: Our World Heritage”. This competition is intended for young people of two age groups: those between 14 and 17 years old and those between 18 and 21 years old. At the invitation of the cities that are part of the OWHC network and that have registered, the young people will be called upon to produce a video of a maximum duration of five minutes on a World Heritage City, and that will have to be published on YouTube.

Once published on YouTube, the videos produced by the young people will undergo a selection in their respective cities. Each city will choose a winning video for each of the participating age groups. The winning videos on the local level will then be submitted to an international jury that will determine a winner among the 14-17 years of age group and another one among the 18-21 years of age group. Both winners will be awarded attractive international prizes.


  • To make the young people acquire a better knowledge of world heritage.
  • To convey to the young people a stronger sense of belonging and pride concerning world heritage, through their personal vision. 
  • To allow young people to express themselves on world heritage and, in particular, on that of their city.
  • To ensure that they are involved in the conservation and enhancement approach of the cities recognized as treasures of mankind.


This international competition will take place in two stages. 

The first stage: the local level

To take part in this international competition, the mayors of the cities that are part of the OWHC network, or their representatives, must complete the form put on line on the OWHC Web site. The eligibility requirements are simple and flexible. In fact, the OWHC only requires that the participating cities invite, according to the formula that is suitable to them, young people aged between 14 and 17 years of age and/or between 18 and 21 years of age to participate in the competition. The young people will realize a video production and will put it on YouTube. Each city will then select a video production for each age group registered, that it will submit through the online form for the international level of this competition.

It is therefore up to each mayor to decide, within his or her city, how he or she will launch the invitation to the young people, how the latter will register for the local level of the competition and how the winning video or videos that will represent their city on the international level will be selected.

Posters of all sorts are available on the competition’s web page for the cities that need help for the publicity. See the section “Related files”.

The financing of this local part of the competition is assumed by the participating cities, out of their own structures. 

The second step: the international level

At this level, the award-winning videos of each of the cities are grouped together, and are given an international dimension.  This level is totally assumed by the OWHC, which undertakes to carry out the following activities: 

  • The creation of Web pages dedicated to this international competition on the OWHC site. These Web pages will allow, in particular, participating cities to register, will ensure the webcasting of all the award-winning video productions on the local level and will offer great exposure for the participating cities.
  • The formation of a jury of three people who will select the video production that will win the international competition. The videos will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
  1. Quality of the production
  2. Processing of the content
  3. Originality and creativity
  • The awarding of the international prizes to the prizewinners at the international level.
  • Recognition by the OWHC of the cities that, thanks to their young international prizewinner, have distinguished themselves in the competition.


The cities that are allowed to participate in this competition must be members in good standing of the OWHC and have paid annually their contributions for the last three years. A city that has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for less than three years may also register in this international competition, provided it has paid its contribution annually to the OWHC since its recognition by the UNESCO. 

The contest is open to young people of two age groups: 14-17 years old and 18-21 years old. They must be of the required age when they deposit their videos on YouTube. The OWHC may request proof of identity from local award-winners.

The cities are not required to open the competition to both targeted groups; they may decide to offer the competition to a single age group only. 

Teams of young people are accepted.

The young people cannot register directly with the OWHC.  The cities register in this competition and invite the young people to take part in it.

The mayor of a world heritage city may hand the management of this project over to a delegated promoter. 

Videos made with a camcorder, a camera, a computer, or a cellphone are eligible. The video must be made or converted in the formats accepted by YouTube, namely .wmv (Windows Movie Maker, Windows Media Player, etc.), .avi (Audio Video Interleave), .mov (iMovie), .mpg (Quick Time video format).


  • The videos must present visual elements of the city; do not overload them with text. However, sound effects, music (with lyrics or not), and a narrator (without exaggeration) are allowed.
  • If the videos contain narration or text, they must be produced in one of the three working languages of the OWHC: French, English or Spanish.
  • The competitors must obligatorily publish their videos on YouTube. There is no cost to realize this operation.


Responsibilities of the city or delegated promoter
  • To invite young people to participate in the competition.
  • To ensure that the young people are old enough to participate and that everyone is inscribed the right age group.
  • To ensure the orderly conduct of the local level of the competition.
  • To select the video or the two videos that will be submitted at the international level of the competition and to complete the online form on the OWHC Web site. The address URL of the prize-winning video must appear on that form.
Responsibilities of the OWHC
  • To webcast on the OWHC site the award-winning video of each of the participating cities. 
  • To set up a jury to select the two videos that will win the international competition.
  • To award the prizes to both prizewinners of the international competition. 
  • To recognize the cities that distinguished themselves thanks to their young international prizewinners. 


The OWHC will invite the mayors of the two young prizewinners to officially present the winning video in their municipality. The videos of the young prizewinners will also be broadcast officially at the OWHC World Congress in Gyeongju (Republic of Korea) that will take place from 31 October to 3 November 2017. The mayors or representatives of the winning cities will be invited to speak. Later on, a representative of the OWHC will be pleased to award the winners with the international prize, namely the sum of:

  • $1000 US for the winner of the 14-17 years old category
  • $2000 US for the winner of the 18-21 years old category

The young prizewinners of the international level and the mayors of both winning cities will be awarded an honorary certificate by the OWHC. 

In the event where a team of young people wins one of the prizes, the amount will be divided according to the number of teammates. An honorary certificate will be awarded to each of the members of a duly formed team.

A certificate of participation will also be given to each of the finalists of the international level.


From January 9 to June 16, 2017

Registration of the World Heritage cities in the competition. To do so, the participating cities must complete and send the registration form available on the Web site of the OWHC. 

From June 16 to July 31, 2017

Period given for the participating cities to submit to the OWHC the award-winning video(s) of the local level for one or two age groups. To do so, the participating cities must complete and send the award-winners’ form available on the Web site of the OWHC.

August 2017

Online webcast of the video’s finalists of the local level on the OWHC Website.

September and October 2017

Deliberations of the OWHC jury to determine the two prizewinners of the international level.

During the World Congress of Gyeongju 2017 (October 31 to November 3)

Announcement of the prizewinners of the 14-17 and 18-21 age groups at a ceremony held at the XIV World Congress of the OWHC.

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