‘Why be a Forester’ Video Competition

Are you a keen and enthusiastic forester who wants to show the world what a great career you have? Do you want to provide inspiration to the next generation of foresters? Foresters are involved in a broad range of forest management activities relating to production, conservation, fire, water, carbon and policy. Help us educate people about the broad range of roles undertaken by foresters by creating a short 30-45 second video about how you make a difference in forest management and you can be in the running for some great prizes.

What you can win

First prize is a ticket to the Institute of Foresters Australia Conference 2017 held in the beautiful city of Cairns in Far North Queensland, which also includes a $500 travel/accommodation voucher from Flight Centre.

Runner up prize is a Fitbit Blaze ‘Smart Fitness Watch’ to help you keep fit and more (retail $300)

In addition, the first 10 entries submitted will receive a $20 Coles Myer voucher

What you need to do

It’s simple, to showcase your career all you need to do is make a video that addresses the following questions:

  • “Why be a forester?”
  • “What inspired you to become a forester?”
  • “What does a forester do?”

Film yourself at picturesque locations, working in the field with colleagues, using cool forestry equipment, climbing a tree, driving through some old growth forest, working with the community, in your office or just at home - anywhere you would like to tell your story! Feel free to edit your video to give it a polished look.

Here are some great tips on making a super video from our friends at MRL Media.

How to win

Videos will be judged on visual appearance, quality of responses, ‘wow’ factor and capacity to inspire young people into the profession. Creating videos is easy and fun and if you are passionate about what you do then we would love to hear from you.

Closing Date

The competition closes on Friday 31 March 2017 at 5pm

Submit your entry

Please note that uploads over a certain size may not work via the JotForm - please contact claire.bolge@unimelb.edu.au for alternative arrangements.

Further information and inquires

Please contact Dr Antanas Spokevicius for further details

Note: Videos submitted may be used in the creation of promotional videos. The intention of this competition is to create a video resource of ‘real’ foresters from around the country to help make promotion videos for social media platforms to educate and encourage people to study and have a career as a forester. See terms and conditions for more details.


Terms and Conditions

Information on prizes and how to enter form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.

1.Entry is open to anyone, except for any staff involved in the administration of this competition.

2.Video submissions should not exceed 30 seconds. Participants can submit multiple videos, but will only receive one ‘the first 10 entries submitted’ prizes.

3.Submitted videos should not have been previously submitted to another competition. By submitting a video to this competition you confirm that this video is your own work and you are the copyright owner or have permission from the copyright owner to use the content therein. You agree that we may use your credited work in the creation of a promotional video for The University of Melbourne (UoM), the Institute of Forester Australia (IFA) or the Forest Ecosystem Student Society (FESS). Copyright for this video will be transferred to UoM, but you will retain the moral right to be credited as an author.

4.If your video includes people who are clearly identifiable, you must have their consent prior to submitting your video/s. Photographs of you which are sufficiently clear to identify you are considered to be “personal information” under the Information Privacy Act 2000 (Vic). Submitting a video to this competition means you accept that we will use your video for promotions, and that you have received informed consent from everyone identifiable in your video as well. UoM has a comprehensive privacy policy addressing issues relating to the use, collection, security and access to personal information which can be viewed at the following URL: http://www.unimelb.edu.au/unisec/privacy/

5.The competition is open from 01/02/2017 and closes 31/03/2017 at 5.00pm. This is called the promotional period.

7.The result of the competition is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

8.Winners will be notified via the email or phone details they used to enter, and their name may be published in a variety of UoM, IFA, of FESS social media accounts and publications.

9.The University of Melbourne reserves the right to reselect winners in the event of an entrant being unable to satisfy these terms and conditions or in the event of the prize not being claimed. If any prize remains unclaimed after 2 months of the competition close, a second selection will conducted by the UoM, IFA and FESS. Any unclaimed prize winners will be notified by the same email address used to enter the competition.

10.The prize must be taken as stated and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for other goods or services. If for some reason the prize is unavailable UoM reserves the right to substitute the prize for a prize of equal or greater value.

11.To redeem the prize the winner must collect the prize in as per mutual agreed process. Proof of identity must be provided by the entrant when collecting their prize.