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2017- 2018 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. Click on a topic below to view the winning videos.


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Contest Judges

Ali Mohamed Abbas AhmedSecretary General, Sudanese Population Network
Mary Barbara AlexanderActress/Activist/Farmer, Former Board Member of Population Connection
Benjamin AlexandroWater Policy Advocate, Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Sandeep BathalaExecutive Director, Edna Adan Hospital Foundation
Ginny BeauregardEnvironmental Educator, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Population Connection, Project Wet
Colleen BeckCEO, Seed Aquaponics, LLC
Jillian BieberInstructional Specialist, School District of Manatee County
Dr. Leslie Rebecca BloomProfessor, Roosevelt University
Gretchen BorcheltVice President for Reproductive Rights and Health, National Women's Law Center
Emily BoveExecutive Director, Women Thrive Alliance
Rebecca BratterExecutive Director, US Dry Bean Council
Hartwell CarsonFrench Broad Riverkeeper, MountainTrue
Donna ChapaEarth Science and Physical Science Teacher, Princess Anne Middle School
Terri ClarkEducation Specialist, Chattanooga Zoo
Diana ColeHigh School Science Teacher, Capital Area School for the Arts Charter School
Angelina CollazoDirector, Programs, Teach For America
Katie CrossmanProject Manager, Global Cities, The Nature Conservancy
Charles DabritzTeacher-Librarian, Lyman C. Hunt Middle School
Lauren D'AmbrosioHigh School Science Teacher, University High School
Denis DeanNature Educator, Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalists
Ranae DeSantisBoard of Directors, Acterra and Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Dr. Anushka DrescherEnvironmental Activist and Youth Educator, Transition Earth
Robert EngelmanSenior Fellow, Worldwatch and Population Institutes
Dr. Karen N. EvansAssistant Chair for Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, University of West Florida
Dr. James GerberCo-Director, Global Landscapes Initiative, University of Minnesota
Lauren GerigDoctoral Candidate, Mills College
Stacy GraisonDirector of Education, Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens
Chris HeltneVP of Engagement, E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
Steve HollingworthPresident, Grameen Foundation
Dr. Eric Holt-GimenezExecutive Director, Institute for Food and Development Policy-Food First
Joan HouricanEducation Consultant
Cynthia HubachSustainability Consultant, Hubach and Associates
Carl HutzlerIT Professional, Photographer, CDH Creative
Joyce JohnsonProducer of Mother: Caring for 7 Billion, Tiroir A Films Productions
Sharon KinseyCamden County 4-H Agent/Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Rutgers University
Michella KippesGateway to Technology Teacher, Hughes Academy
Kelly KorenakTeacher, Curriculum Developer, Northshore Community College
Ryan KuckExecutive Director, Greensgrow
Dr. Joan KwakoProfessor, University of Minnesota Duluth
Carrianne B. McClellanMedia Coordinator, Cumberland County Schools
Nancy MiliziaRetired, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
Laura S. MinorAdjunct Faculty Member, Masters in Public Health Program, University of Connecticut
Alice P. NeuhauserFIlm Executive, Complete Rights Management
Hannah O'MalleyEducation Coordinator, Disney's Animals, Science and Environment
Diana L. Payne, Ph.D.Education Coordinator, University of Connecticut/Connecticut Sea Grant
Clovis C. Perry, Jr.Associate Professor, Bluegrass Community and Technical College
David PhillipsExecutive Director, Earth Island Institute
Fraidy ReissFounder/Executive Director, Unchained At Last
Kathleen RoccoEducation Specialist, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District
Ms. Karen RoosEnvironmental Educator, Greenbelt Conservancy
Dr. DawnElla M. RustHealth Science Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University
Kisha Semenuk, MSN, RNNurse Patient Safety Specialist, Nurse Advocate
Jeremy ShererFilmmaker, Parallel 40 Productions
Sonya StejskalAdjunct Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Past President of the Nebraska State Council for Social Studies
Dr. Glenn StoneProfessor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
Emilee SyrewiczeExecutive Director, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
Andrew TranMiddle School Science, Science Department Chair, McLean School of Maryland
Dr. Janet VailResearch Scientist, Grand Valley State University Annis Water Resources Institute
Dr. Rob VosDirector Markets, Trade and Institutions, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Mr. H.Keli WambuaProgram Coordinator, Pambazuko Partners
Ed WilcoxWatershed Research and Extension Associate, Kentucky State University

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated in the 2017-2018 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.

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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 make the contest an annual event.

Now in its 7th year, nearly 11,000 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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