Why invest in nature? Short film competition

Scottish Natural Heritage are asking young filmmakers aged 16 - 30 to tell us why businesses should invest in nature by making a short film.

Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Forum of Natural Capital want to give businesses and policy-makers a better understanding of how they rely on and have an impact on nature, making sure that Scotland’s environment can thrive. There are some great cash prizes up for grabs!

As part of the legacy from the Year of Young People, we’d like to encourage young people to communicate the benefits of nature in a creative way, and give them a platform for engaging with businesses. There are six different categories for you to enter, each representing six different business sectors in Scotland.

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  • Food, Drink and Agriculture
    Sponsored by Scottish Land and Estates
  • Forestry and land management
    Sponsored by Scottish Woodlands
  • Tourism
    Sponsored by Speyside Wildlife
  • Energy 
    Sponsored by Scottish Power
  • Finance
    Sponsored by Baillie Gifford
  • Built environment
    Sponsored by Robertson Tayside, part of Robertson Group

The winner of each category will receive £500, and the overall winner out of the six will receive a total of £1,000.

How to enter

1. Read all about it!

Have a look through the ‘why invest in nature’ section and the recommended reading for a good background on the natural capital concept. Choose which sector you’d like to focus on, and then think about why nature is important to the businesses in that sector in Scotland.

2. Get creative

We’re looking for original videos and animations with a maximum length of 3 minutes.

  • Read through the terms and conditions to make sure you meet all the requirements and can submit the film in the correct format.
  • We want the film you’re making to speak to the sector you’ve chosen - remember that the winning short films will be used in real communications with businesses to get them interested and invested in caring for nature so try to make them as convincing as possible.

3. Ready, set, submit

Once you’ve created your very own short film, submit it here, together with some contact details that we’ll use if your film has been successful. This will feature a GDPR statement about how your personal details will be used and stored. Remember to submit it before midnight on 31 May 2019 to be a part of the competition.

4. Assessment time

The judging panel will then assess the films and and the winners will be announced in June 2019. If you’ve won one of the category prizes or the overall prize, you will be contacted to make sure you receive the prize money and your invitation to the ceremony.


The competition closes on Friday 31 May 2019. The winner will be announced in June 2019 with a prize ceremony afterwards.

For more information about Scottish Natural Heritage, visit their website at https://www.nature.scot/.