3 Minute Video Competition

What to do?

Produce a (up to) 3 minute long video clip presenting your research, or any related area of science, to the general public. Your video can include scenes of you at work or explaining your ideas, lab bench with the experiment, cartoons, animations, music videos – you name it! The best three videos will be nominated and awarded prizes.

Who is eligible to enter?

You are eligible if 1. you are any New Zealand PhD and/or Postdoctoral student or students working with a MacDiarmid Institute Investigator or Investigators. 2. Any MacDiarmid Investigator. or 3. Any team made up of the above.

Does it cost to participate?

No, it is absolutely free!

How to enter

Send the video files to MESA (3minvideo at mesa dot ac dot nz) by 01/11/2017, together with your full name, supervisor’s name, associated university, preferred contact email and video clip title.

The submitted videos must be in one of the following formats .MOV, .MPEG, .AVI, .WMV, .3GP and must be no longer than 3 minutes!

If video file is large we recommend sending it using Wetransfer, Google Drive or Dropbox.


Call for entries is now open and will close on 01/11/2017.

01/12/2017 – Winners announced and prize giving.

Judging criteria

The judging panel will nominate 1st, 2nd and 3rd places to videos which best satisfy these points:

  • Portray a clear picture of entrant’s scientific research and its importance
  • Understandable for general public
  • Have a story which is easy to follow
  • Engaging and appealing
  • Good visual presentation
  • Original


1st place: $500

2nd place: $300

3rd place: $200


Terms and conditions:

By entering the competition the entrants agree with any terms and conditions or their changes (announced or unannounced) raised by the organizer. The entrants must be directly involved in research shown and video making process. The entrants must be associated or their supervisor must be associated with the MacDiarmid institute. The entrants are responsible for any legal, copyright or other requirements associated with video production and distribution, the MacDiarmid Institute takes no legal responsibility associated with these requirements. The videos submitted to the competition will be made available for public viewing. A MacDiarmid Institute slide will be added at the end of each submitted video. By submitting videos and any information to the competition the entrants allow and confirm they have the rights to allow the MacDiarmid Institute full rights to the video to distribute, publicize, modify the media submitted and use it on the MacDiarmid Institute’s own discretion with or without notifying the entrant. The MacDiarmid Institute will pick the judges and according to their evaluation of the competing videos will nominate 3 best entries that will be awarded prizes. If the video is one of the 3 winning videos the person who submitted the video will be contacted via the email provided and the arrangements for claiming the prize will be made. The MacDiarmid Institute is not responsible for any charges such as bank transfer fees associated with transferring the prize money to the entrant. MESA is providing the prizes and any legal requirements associated in receiving the prize such as income declaration is taken upon the person receiving the prize. The MacDiarmid Institute has the right to change any of the rules or terms or cancel the competition without any liability or prior announcement.


Entrant- a person who submitted their research video to the competition.

Organizer- MacDiarmid Institute.