Young people share the most unheard Punjab pollution stories and local solutions for clean air in this competition


Akshaye Singh

Punjab is known for its rapid industrialization. But, this development comes at a cost: Environmental cost.

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Navjot Singh

The world is facing a pollution crisis and it’s not a secret. This community is trying to combat this issue by planting one tree at a time.

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Air pollution in Punjab has worsened for a few years now and although the coronavirus lockdown helped in improving Punjab's air quality (as low as 22!), it's back in the 'poor' category after the restrictions eased.

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Smilee Kour

I have been in love with the city of Chandigarh always but its degrading air quality is something that worries me.

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Vikas Kumar

Why is Punjab going through such bad air quality? Punjab is well known for its rapid industrialization in the post-independence period. With the advent of the green revolution, the manufacturing sector geared up in Punjab.

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Avneet Kaur

Air pollution has been a constant in Punjab and with it comes 'smog' that heavily affects the environment as well as the health of human beings.

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What will you get

The top three winners will receive the following prizes

1st Place

A cash prize of INR 15,000

2nd Place

A cash prize of INR 10,000

3rd Place

A cash prize of INR 5,000

In addition to that, the top 50 applicants will be provided the following:

An online storytelling and video-making bootcamp run exclusively by an award winning platform- Pluc

One-on-one guidance to create your entry for the second (final) round

Terms & Conditions

There is no fee payable to enter the competition.

Entries can be in Hindi, English, Punjabi

Declaration of Consent for the Processing of Personal Information and the Use of Videos/Photos/Articles Submitted

When signing up to this competition, you agree that we can process your personal data provided in the submission form and given to us during the competition. We process the data so that we can register your participation, judge the submission and save what you have submitted and publish your submission.

Necessary permission, e.g., for photographing the faces of children and women especially, are the responsibility of the author and must, therefore, be sought. All videos will be saved in our archives and used to promote the winners and the programme.


Entries will be judged by a panel of storytelling experts, environmentalists, air quality experts and select partners. The full names of the judges can be made available on request. Judging will take place during January and February 2021 after which winners will be contacted and announced for the same, unless a winner objected to publication of their name at the time of entry. Entries will be judged on the criteria of originality, creativity, quality, and solutions presented. The judging panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entertained once the declaration has been made. Winners will be contacted via the contact information provided with their submission.

Plagiarism and citing Your Sources

Plagiarism, or using someone else’s ideas, words, images, videos and music and representing it as your own original work, is a serious offense. Therefore, it is very important that you properly cite any ideas, text or other media that are not your own. You can cite your sources using footnotes, credit rolls for videos, or a bibliography. There are several online sources where you can check your written work, such as articles, for plagiarism. As stated in the criteria, all photos, articles, and videos should be your own original work, and in the case of videos a minimum of 70 percent of the video should be your own video footage, images, etc. When reporting on issues and events, it is likely you will conduct additional research on your topic – and we encourage this! Just make sure that you can show where you found your information by citing it.

Use of Music for Video Entries

It is illegal to copy or otherwise infringe upon the rights of copyright-protected music, photos and text, without the written permission of the copyright rights-holder. Obtaining music licenses to permit the use of copyright-protected material, even for a not-for-profit video, can be problematic. As such, it is strongly recommended that you do not use copyright protected music in a video entry.

Please note that many platforms currently review whether uploaded videos use copyright-protected work. Work found to be using copyright-protected material is usually detected by copyright bots and suspended from the platform. In some countries, infringement of copyright law is enforced, and punishable by hefty fines and a criminal record.

As an alternative, you can resort to the YouTube Audio Library, which offers royalty-free tracks made available for any not-for-profit creative purpose, and do not require written permission from the rights-holder.

Music may also be published under an open content licensing scheme, such as the Creative Commons license. There are still terms, conditions and restrictions applicable for music taken from the above sources, so please ensure these are fully observed and there is no copyright infringement in your video entry.

Use of external images in photos or videos

When using images in photos or videos, it is important to ensure that they can legally be used and shared by others. Open source and Creative Commons licensed images may be used, as long as attribution and/or the source is provided through footnotes or a bibliography.

All contestants undertake that no part of the entry violates any law(s) of India and that PLUC or its partners are indemnified from any legal liability arising out of its Publication.

By sending your Video/Photo series you confirm that there are no copyright infringements on your behalf. The organization takes no responsibility in this matter. Resolving any such disputes or objections raised by an individual, group of individuals or organization, will be the applicant’s responsibility.

No applicant or entry will be either discriminated against or favored on the basis of their race, ethnicity, class, caste, religion, belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, language, education, or any other status. Every content, every form and every technique will be admitted with no censorship of any kind.

Entry forms with incorrect, inadequate, illegible, or ambiguous particulars will not be considered.

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