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2015-2016 Winners

The World of 7 Billion contest is a project of the Population Education program, provider of K-12 classroom resources and professional development opportunities. The contest is run every school year.


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Contest Judges

Mary Barbara AlexanderActress, Farmer, Activist, former board member of Population Connection
Denise R. AmesFounder and President, Center for Global Awareness
Ellen BarnardExecutive Producer, Tomorrow Pictures Inc.
Ginny BeauregardFilm Producer/Environmental Educator, Independent
Caroline BednarzAP Human Geography Teacher, McKinley Technology High School, DC
Liam BillinghamFilmmaker,, BRICArtsMedia
Joseph BishDirector of Issue Advocacy, Population Media Center
Dr. Kate BraumanLead Scientist, Global Water Initiative, Institute on the Environment, Universitiy of Minnesota
Kate CampbellReproductive Health Fellow, Population Services International
Hartwell CarsonFrench Broad Riverkeeper, MountainTrue
Terri ClarkCommunity Resource Manager, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Diana ColeScience Teacher, Population Education Trainer, Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School, Harrisburg PA
Dr. Ken ConcaProfessor, School of International Service, American University
Sean ConnorDirector, Community Relations, Saylor Foundation
Chris DayHead of Corporate Communications, United Talent Agency
Sahan T. M. DissanayakeAssistant Professor of Economics, Colby College
Dr. Paula EhrlichPresident & CEO, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
Pri EkanayakeFormer Population Education Fellow,
Eva El-KhatibScience Department Chair, McLean School
Jim FosterPresident, Anacostia Watershed Society
Dr. James GerberCo-director, Lead Scientist, Global Landscapes Initiative, University of Minnesota
Allie GoldsteinSenior Associate, Forest Trends
Dr. April HaightDirector, Center for Environmental Education, Morehead State University
Joan HouricanElementary School Teacher and Education Consultant, Lake Clarke Shores, FL
Cyndi HubachWriter/Producer, Sustainability Consultant,
Forest IsbellAssociate Director, Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, University of Minnesota
Joyce JohnsonProducer, Tiroir A Films Productions
Elizabeth JosephGarden and Education Coordinator, Heifer International
Kelly KorenakTeacher and Curriculum Developer,
Sharon KinseyCamden County 4-H Agent/Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
Dr. Joan KwakoProfessor, University of Minnesota Duluth
Carrianne McClellanMedia Coordinator & Region 6 Director, Cumberland County Schools & NCAE Student Services Division
Nancy MiliziaRetired MT (ASCP) , APICS, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Laura Schlesinger MinorAdjunct Faculty, University of Connecticut Master of Public Health Program
Alice P. NeuhauserPartner, Complete Rights Management
Celeste NewcombInstructor, The Penn State University, Health Policy and Administration Department
Hannah O’MalleyEducation Coordinator, The Walt Disney Company
Brian RichterChief Scientist, Global Water Program, The Nature Conservancy
Karen RoosEnvironmental Educator, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Dr. DawnElla M. RustHealth Science Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University
Grace SaundersBiology and Environmental Science Teacher, Saint James School
John SeagerPresident and CEO, Population Connection
Jeremy SchererOwner and Filmmaker, Parallel 40 Productions
Sonya StejskalPresident, Nebraska State Council for Social Studies
Dr. Janet VailResearch Scientist and Environmental Educator, Grand Valley State University
Paul WestCo-Director & Lead Scientist, Institute on the Environment (IonE) University of Minnesota
Rebecca Bratter WoldeabExecutive Director, The U.S. Dry Bean Council

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in the 2015-2016 World of 7 Billion student video contest. We were blown away by the creativity, passion, and expertise showcased throughout the videos, especially by the 18 winning films.

7Billion Infographic

The contest first ran during the 2010-2011 school year as a “teachable moment” around world population reaching 7 billion. 619 videos were received from 36 U.S. states and four countries abroad in that first year and it was meant to be a one-time event. But we received such positive feedback from teachers – many wanted to participate again and make the contest a permanent project in their courses – that we decided to run the contest a second time during the 2012-2013 school year.

Now in its 5th year, nearly 5,000 student-made videos on the impacts of population have been created as a direct result of the contest. Thousands of students are now more aware of the vast connections between population and so many of today’s pressing global challenges.

We look forward to continuing the contest into the future and watching as more students explore the complexities of population growth through film.


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rules and guidelines of the World of 7 Billion video contest.