UNEP & TreeHugger Announce World Environment Day Blogging Competition, Trip to India

World Environment Day logo 2011
Image: World Environment Day logo, Courtesy of UNEP

Are you a blogger, photographer, journalist or adventurer interested in covering the most important global environmental event for the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and TreeHugger? If so, get excited! Last year, we were proud to work with the UNEP on their first ever World Environment Day blogging competition, which is why we're so excited to announce that we're doing it again! If you can tell a story, write a blog and use a camera, you can win a trip to India for the 2011 World Environment Day on June 5!

Details about the contest and World Environment Day below.Here's how it will work:

Details Details
What's included?

  • Flights

  • Hotel

  • Visa costs

  • Insurance

  • and Travel within India to WED events

Dates and timing:
World Environment Day is on June 5th, 2011. The contest winner will be flown to India for three days, beginning June 3rd 2011 and ending June 6th 2011. Short-listed and winning posts will be posted on TreeHugger and the World Environment Day websites.

Entrants will be expected to ensure they are able to travel to India for the duration and cover any other costs (e.g. vaccinations). Leave a comment or contact us if you have questions about the contest.

Submission Process & Requirements
How to enter and win
1. Write a compelling blog post about the theme: 'nature's forest services' (for example providing water, food, medicine, clean air, preventing soil erosion, timber products, rubber, home for many plants and animals, etc.) and inspire people to celebrate World Environment Day.

2. After publishing your post, visit the UNEP Facebook page and the TreeHugger Facebook page then leave a comment that links to your blog post with the phrase:

"I just entered the @UNEPandYou and @TreeHugger blogging contest to win a trip to India for UNEP's World Environment Day 2011!"

You can add more to your comment, such as "Read my blog post and discover the importance of forests, and why you should celebrate World Environment Day!" Feel free to be creative and put this in your own words, but be sure your comment includes the first phrase so we know your link is an official entry.

3. Entries must be received between May 3 - 10, 2011.

4. Since the winning blogger will blog and tweet about World Environment Day while in India, we want to see that you know how to use Twitter effectively. Increase your chances of winning by sharing your post on Twitter with the hash tag #WED2011 and mentioning @UNEPandYou and @TreeHugger. Share your post with others and invite your friends to Retweet, comment on, 'like' and share your post.

Post Guidelines
All posts should include the competition theme, which is 'Forests: Nature at your Service'. All posts must link to http://www.unep.org/wed, https://www.treehugger.com and include a World Environment Day image. Find downloadable WED logos and images here. Your post should be engaging, interesting, and passionate. We are looking for individual perspectives and stories that will inspire readers.

Clarity is essential. Make it short, snappy and concise. The post must be a minimum of 400
words and a maximum of 600 words. Be original! This should help your post stand out from the crowd, and should increase your chances of winning.

Additional Visual Content
While not required, demonstrating your skills in photography or videography in your post is welcome. We want a blogger that will be able to tell the story of their experience in India and these visual skills could be beneficial to your score.

Theme: Forests: Nature at your Service
2011 is the International Year of Forests and the WED theme is Forests: Nature at your Service. Visit the Forest Facts page or the UNEP forest page for more on the theme.

Are you up for the challenge? Visit the World Environment Day blogging competition page for official rules and more details about the contest.

Have a comment or question? Ask me on Twitter: @ChrisTackett . Specific contest questions should be directed to @UNEPandyou
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