I was notified of this cool contest by the lovely @suzemuse on Twitter. Read more below:
Environment Canada is celebrating 2010 International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) with a national contest on why nature matters to Canadians. IYB 2010 is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. To help raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity, they would love to hear from Canadians between the ages of 9 and 35.
You can take part in these exciting celebrations by telling Environment Canada why nature is important to you! Entries can be EITHER video essay OR written essay.
English and French winners in 3 age categories (both written and video) will be guests of honour in Ottawa (prize includes airfare and hotel) for the Grand Reopening event of the Canadian Museum of Nature, on International Biodiversity Day on May 22, 2010, where their achievement will be honoured. Additionally, all grand-prize winning written and video essays will be displayed at the Biosphère in Montreal during 2010.
The event is a great opportunity for people (contest is open to ages 9-35) to be creative and spread their own messages about biodiversity. More information including contest rules and judging criteria can be found here, with the Facebook event here.
The contest deadline is March 28th, so get essay-in!