Show and tell your story! Pitch your research project in a pre-recorded video, telling us about your research and how it can potentially benefit farmers and the sustainability of Canadian agriculture in three minutes! Submissions must fit within the conference theme Farming for Sustainable Food Systems to qualify.

Video entries will be showcased on the conference website and select entries will be chosen for special showing/Q & A session each day of the conference. Those students whose video will be featured during the conference are required to take part in a live Q & A session following the showings.

Be creative! Cash prizes will be awarded to the videos selected by our judges plus conference attendees will select the winning video for a People’s Choice award!

Congratulations to our 2022 contest winners!

Recipients of the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment graduate student video competition awards:

  • Emily Laage
  • Crystal Almdal
  • Sharandeep Singh

Recipient of the People's Choice award:

  • Emily Laage

2021 contest winners

Click the name to view the award winning video

People's Choice winner:

Award winners

Emily Laage Environmental Studies, Masters of Environmental Studies - Dalhousie

Organic field crop greenhouse gas emissions across Canada

Crystal Almdal Entomology, Masters of Science - University of Manitoba

Crop diversity reduces aphid colonization in soybean.

Sharandeep Singh Plant Science, Masters of Science - University of British Columbia

FHB - Lets fight the monster!

Contest videos

Morgan Hamilton Soil Science, Masters Science - University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The Use of Biochar for Agricultural Climate Change Adaptation

Mujibur Rahman Biosystems Engineering, Master of Science - University of Manitoba

Sustainable irrigation water management using a plant-controlled atmometer

Blake Weiseth Soil Science, PhD - University of Saskatchewan

How effective are BMPs in optimizing nutrient and water use efficiency across variable topographies in the PPR region?

Hafsa Ahmed Applied Biology, Masters of Science in Plant Science - University of British Columbia

Mediating Ecosystem Services Through Habitat Diversification Using Pepper Plants as a Model

Claudia Quilesfogel-Esparza Soil Science, Masters of Science - University of Manitoba

Standardizing Optical Sensor Canopy Reflectance to Improve Grain Corn Yield Prediction

Soumyaditya (Shomo) Ghosh Master of Public Health, MPH ( Environmental and Occupational Health) - University of Alberta

Understanding the impacts of climate change on sustainable cropping systems and business decision making.

Muhammad Junaid Afzal Soil Science, Masters of Scince - University of Manitoba

Fall Nitrification Inhibition of Anhydrous Ammonia in Manitoba

Sarah Johnson Soil Science, Masters of Science - University of Manitoba

Using biobeds to treat pesticide rinsate under Manitoba conditions

Important Dates

January 31 Video contest opens!
February 11 Last date (6:30 pm CT) to submit entry forms indicating your intention to submit a 3-minute video. Early submissions are strongly encouraged as students whose entry forms are accepted will be provided with contest details and video criteria upon acceptance.

February 14

Contest details and video criteria distributed to those who have submitted the entry form
March 7 Deadline for submitting video entries for the conference and contest
March 9 Select entrants notified of their showing/live Q & A date. To take part in the contest, students are required to take part in the Q & A period during their assigned session on either March 16,17 or 18.
March 16, 17, 18 Student video competition and discussion sessions
March 16 (10:00 – 10:30 am) March 17 and 18 ( 1:00 – 1:30 pm)

Contest Rules (click to view)

  • Video entries must be submitted no later than 6:30 p.m. CT March 7 to qualify. Video format as either .mp4 or .mov is acceptable. Submit to the link we will provide.
  • All entries must be accompanied by a signed UM photo/video waiver completed by everyone who appears in the video.
  • Submissions must fit within the conference theme Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture to qualify and must include how your research can potentially benefit farmers and the sustainability of Canadian agriculture.
  • Maximum video length is 3 minutes (2.5 minutes minimum).
  • The graduate student must appear in at least 2 minutes of the video and must introduce themselves at the beginning of the video (name, program, degree being sought and University).
  • Videos must be based on research conducted by the graduate student that is part of their graduate program thesis.
  • Research results are nice, but are not required.
  • No text-based visuals (e.g. powerpoint slides) although slides can be used to convey a graphic, such as a map, pie chart, bar graph, etc.
  • No written notes or cue-cards can be visible on the video.
  • Other people are permitted in the video, providing they are relevant to the story. Please ensure they are aware the recording will be publicly posted by having them complete the /photo video consent form.
  • Images, photos, diagrams or other visuals used in the video that are not created by the graduate student must be properly credited and permission obtained prior to use (if in doubt, contact the UM Copyright Office).
  • For videos selected to be shown during the conference, entrants are required to take part in the live Q & A session about their research in their assigned slot, either March 16 (10:00–10:30 am) or March 17 or 18 (1:00–1:30 pm)
  • For any interactions with additional people (video guests, recorder, etc.), adhere to social distancing recommendations/requirements for your area.

Contest Tips (click to view)

Before you record:

  • Tailor your video for a general audience – avoid using technical language or abbreviations/acronyms, and assume your audience is new to your topic.
  • Use active language and keep it simple by being succinct, and using shorter words/ sentences that convey clear messages.
  • Be sure your story has a beginning, middle and end. As a starting point, outline the key messages of your video, sketch content for each message, then flesh out in more detail.
  • Crystallize your story hook to connect with your audience - the "so what, who cares" of your story (the 5 W’s of who, what where, when, and how). Give real-world context as to why is your research needed.
  • Prepare a script and storyboard – identify the materials/resources/people/places you want to feature in your video ahead of time and plan how your narrative fits within these scenes.
  • Practice your script (out loud!) and storyboard logistics before recording.

During and post recording:

  • Use your favourite recording device (your phone?!) and editing app(s).
  • Be aware of background noise or other interference whilst filming or recording that may reduce the quality of your video.
  • Show yourself! Put yourself front and centre – this is your research and viewers want to both see and hear you…plus it is in the rules. Consider recruiting a friend or family member to (safely!) help with shooting the video so that you are free to be in the video.
  • Connect with your audience – be personable, relatable, genuine, maintain eye contact. For example, share something about yourself as part of your narrative.
  • Show and tell! Mix it up to keep it interesting – show still images, graphics, pictures, etc., vary your video location, voiceover background video, feature a guest or two, etc.
  • Prepare your video in chunks to test what works and use editing to bring it all together.
  • Watch your video with a critical eye then edit, removing any ums or ahs.
  • Ask a few trusted people to review and provide constructive feedback then edit/re-record as needed.

Prizes (click to view)


  • Cash prizes of $200 each will be awarded to the top videos, as selected by our panel of judges.
  • Conference attendees will vote on the recipient of the People’s Choice prize of $100.
  • All prizes will be announced at the end of the conference. All decisions are final.