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Below are some commonly asked questions. If your question isn't answered here, get in touch with us at [email protected]

How strict will the judges be about length of the essay or length of the video?

Very strict. If you go beyond the maximum length requested your submission will be invalid.

What is the deadline for submission?

14 February 2020. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

Must submissions have titles?


Do Columbans need to be mentioned in the entry?

Not necessarily, but you are welcome to mention any aspect of Columban mission work related to the theme.

Can we involve celebrities?

Yes, as long you make the arrangement with them and brief them about the competition.

Can we use interviews?


Do I have to be Catholic to participate?

No, but you must have respect for the Catholic ethos of the Missionary Society of St. Columban.

Do 18 year-olds need parental consent?


When will I/we receive news about the winners of the competition?

Winners to be announced personally and on Columban media on 16 March 2020.

Can I enter if I've entered or won a prize in a previous competition?


Can I use clips from videos displayed on or linked from the competition website?


How strict is the lower age limit?

We can include young people who are turning 15 on or before the 31st August 2020. This will allow all students in the 14/15 year group to enter.

How do I submit a video?

YouTube and Vimeo are now used very widely, so we decided to use them as part of our video competition!

To submit a video, first upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo (Click here if you're not sure how to do this, a YouTube account is linked to your Google account - so you'll likely have one already). We recommend uploading it 'unlisted', to avoid other teams copying you. Then go to the submission page for your region - click here for Ireland and here for Britain, and fill in the form there! If you have any questions, get in touch with us at: [email protected]