Advice for Entry

  • Shelter Essentials document contains 12 messages. Each message is explained on one page of the publication. Each page includes the message text and 3 case studies from different Shelter Projects editions. The case studies provide a sample implementation of the message in different contexts and should be a good resource for ideas on how to present the message.
  • Since the goal of the competition is to explore Shelter Projects and use it as resource for learning how humanitarian shelter sector functions, we encourage you to read more case studies than the 3 mentioned in the shelter essential page for each message and make use of the ones that seem to connect to the message(s) of your choice. 
  • The competition is mainly about making a video after reading a shelter essentials message and the case studies related to it. We are not expecting participants to submit architectural designs of humanitarian shelters.
  • We know that last-minute submissions are students’ favorite 😊 Please try to submit your video(s) in advance to avoid any last-minute glitches and give us time to respond in case you are having a technical problem 
  • Submissions will be accepted until 06 March, 2023, 23:59 local time Geneva.


  • The submission deadline is extended until 6 March 2023
  • Videos must be in .mov or .mp4 format, between 60 to 90 seconds, no larger than 50MB 
  • Filename template to upload the video: MessageLetter_FullNameOfContactPerson(E.g.: 
  • The Shelter Essentials message title should appear somewhere in the video. How and when can be decided by you 
  • The videos can be submitted in any language. All videos, irrespective of the language, are required to have English subtitles. Make sure the typeface is legible (avoid serifs) with an appropriate size, weight, and color 
  • Once you join the competition as a team member, you cannot submit another entry as an individual or as a member of another team 
  • All information presented in the video must be properly cited, giving credit to the original source. No copyrighted materials (music, images, etc.) may be used for this contest unless you own the copyright or have a license to use the material 
  • It is not allowed to submit videos that are a sort of advertisement for a product or company 
  • By entering the competition, you agree to give the Global Shelter Cluster and partners the right to display the video online and/or in any public or private settings without restriction 
  • Shelter projects editors reserve the right to remove a submission for the competition without prior notice if the rules are not followed 
  • Permission for use must be obtained for videos containing interviews or clearly identifiable individuals. Winners and published videos will be asked to provide a consent form in that case  
  • Read the terms and conditions for more information 
  • Note: Always make videos respecting and caring about the people who are portrayed. It is important to always portray individuals with dignity, especially crisis-affected populations. Be sure that they agree to have their photo taken and used by the organization and that a photography of him/her will not cause trouble to them or their families. Every identifiable individual in a photo has to give their consent in a way or another

Terms & Conditions

By participating – you are agreeing to these – terms and conditions. The competition is -organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on behalf of the Global Shelter Cluster (GSC).

1. Eligibility to Enter 

The competition is open to entrants over 18 years of age.
By entering the competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and that you are eligible to receive any prizes that may be awarded to you.
IOM does not charge a fee to enter into this competition

2. Submission  

Entrants are allowed to submit only one (1) video per message.
Each individual or team may submit up to a maximum of 12 videos, as long as each video corresponds to only one (1) message.
You can only join the competition as an individual or as member of one (1) team. If you join the competition as part of a team you cannot submit another entry as an individual or as a member of another team.

Videos must NOT: 

  • Contain material and/or conduct which is (or promotes activities which are), in IOM and Global Shelter Cluster’s sole discretion, to be illegal or involves an act of moral turpitude or is otherwise offensive or violates generally accepted standards of behavior or otherwise leads IOM and Global Shelter Cluster to believe or conclude that the public association with Entrant would tend to subject -IOM and the Global Shelter Cluster to ridicule, contempt, embarrassment or scandal, including, without limitation, material and/or conduct that is sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, violent, self-mutilating (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g. underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), threatening, profane, or harassing.
  • Contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including, but not limited to, material that violates privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright, trademark, patent or trade secret infringement. Without limiting the foregoing, video submissions must not include: (1) third party logos, trade dress, insignia, location signage, photographs, artwork or sculptures; or (2) use music that is not originally written, performed, and produced by you, the Entrant. All music featured in any video must be available to publicize and broadcast on a license-free, royalty-free basis. 
  • Include third parties, including, but not limited to, children, celebrities, and friends who have not expressly authorized Entrants to display their name, image, likeness, voice, performance, photograph, image and/or other likeness (collectively, “Name and Likeness”) in any submitted video or otherwise use such Name and Likeness in accordance with these Official Rules.
  • By entering, each Entrant represents and warrants that their entry (and IOM, the Global Shelter Cluster and its partners’ use thereof) does not and will not defame or otherwise violate the rights of any third party and does not and will not violate any federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances. Entrant further represents and warrants that he or she has secured the requisite consent from any person referenced or appearing in their entries. To the extent that anyone under the age of eighteen (18) appears in a video, Entrant represents and warrants that the child’s parent or guardian has consented to the child’s appearance in the video and the public display of the video on social media. IOM reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry that it believes violates any of the Video Submission Requirements, does not otherwise comply with these Official Rules, or that is not consistent with the spirit and theme of the Contest. 

Entrants will retain copyright in their video submission, but each Entrant grants to IOM, Global Shelter Cluster and its partners an exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, assignable, royalty-free license to publish, reproduce, distribute, display, perform, create derivative works, transmit and disseminate the submission in all media or platforms whether now or any and all media, now or hereafter known, worldwide and on the Internet, and in perpetuity, without compensation or additional consents from Entrant or any third party and without prior notice, approval or inspection, and to execute specific consent to such use if asked to do so. Entrant also waives any and all moral rights in the submission with respect to any use by IOM, Global Shelter Cluster and its partners.

3. The Prizes 

The winning prize will be:

  • 1st prize: 1000 USD, a consulting session (60 mins) with a shelter practitioner from a leading humanitarian agency in the shelter secto, a collection of GSCs major publications, and visibility in GSC’s social media accounts.  
  • 2nd prize: 750 USD, a consulting session (60 mins) with a shelter practitioner from a leading humanitarian agency in the shelter sector, a hardcopy collection of GSC’s major publications, and visibility in GSC’s social media accounts.  
  • 3rd prize: 500 USD, a hardcopy collection of GSC’s major publications, a consulting session (60 mins) with a shelter practitioner from a leading humanitarian agency in the shelter sector, and visibility in GSC’s social media accounts 
  • Honorable Mentions: A consulting session (30 mins) with a shelter practitioner from a leading humanitarian agency in the shelter sector, for the best video of each of the messages and visibility for the best video on each message on GSC’s social media accounts

(The consulting session’s scope will be subject to the availability of experts at the time of winner announcement)

The prize is non-transferable and non-exchangeable, and no cash alternatives will be provided for the expert consultation, hardcopy collection and the global shelter cluster social media accounts posts.

If the entrant is a team of two (2) or more team members, the Prize will be transferred to the team ‘Contact Person’ identified in the application form.

IOM reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value if circumstances beyond our control require doing so.

IOM’s decision on any aspect of the competition is final and binding, and no correspondence will be entered into about it. 

4. Winner Announcement 

The winner will be chosen by the selected jury and notified via the email address provided on 24 March 2023. 

 IOM will make two attempts to contact the winner via email.

If the winner does not respond to the emails informing them of their win within 14 days of the second email, they forfeit their right to the prize, and IOM reserves the right to select and notify a new winner. 

5. Delivery of the Prize 

Once the results will be published, IOM reserves the right to collect and verify a copy of the identity cards of the winners and the papers signed by the winners as requested by IOM.

The winner will allow 90 days for the prize to be delivered, otherwise alternative collection or delivery arrangements can be made through mutual agreement. 

The winner should have access to a bank account in their name or provide a written form delegating the transfer to a bank account selected by the winner.

6. Data Protection and Publicity 

You agree that any personal information that you provide when entering the competition will be used by IOM for the purposes of administering the competition such as ID check, communicating the winners and delivering the award. 

The winner’s first name and country of residence will be announced on Global Shelter Cluster websites and social media channels.

7. Limitation of Liability 

IOM, the Global Shelter Cluster and – its partners accepts no liability for any damage, loss, injury, or disappointment suffered by any entrants as a result of participating in the competition or being selected for a prize.

8. General 

IOM reserves the right, at any time and without prior notice, to cancel the competition or amend these terms and conditions.