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#DiscoverEU photo and video #Competition – Rules, terms and conditions

Take part in the DiscoverEU Competition and get a chance to win nice prizes.

How does it work?

The competition will take place from 15 July until 15 October 2022, with a different theme each month.

To take part in the competition, follow these steps:

  1. Share your photo or short video (max. 15 seconds) on your public Instagram account.
  2. Add the #DiscoverEU and #Competition hashtags to your post.
  3. Tag the European Youth Instagram account @european_youth_eu on the photo or on the social media post.
  4. Fill in the consent form at: 
  5. Ask your friends to 'like' your photo/video.

Your photos and videos will be moderated before they are displayed on the European Youth Portal. This may take up to 24 hours during the week, and the weekend entries will be moderated on Mondays.

If your videos and photos meet the above-mentioned criteria, you could become one of the #DiscoverEU monthly winners!

How will the winners be selected?

The competition is only open to young people who applied to one of the #DiscoverEU application rounds in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022 (selected and non-selected participants).

Each month, the 20 most popular entries with the highest number of likes will move to the next round. Following this, a professional jury of social media experts will select up to 5 winning photos/videos. The most visually original and creative will be the winners.

Up to 5 lucky winners per month will be chosen.

The monthly winners will be contacted by ICF Next who is managing the prizes for this competition on behalf of the European Commission. Participants should keep an eye on their incoming messages and make sure they reply within 7 working days to the message sent by ICF Next. If no answer is received, another participant will be chosen as a winner. Finally, the winners will be publicly announced by name on the following social media platform(s): Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

What are the prizes?

Each winner will receive a prize worth of 100 EUR!

The winners will be announced on European Youth’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Just for you to know…

Be original. You must be the sole author and owner of the copyright to the photo/video you submitted.

Ask permission. Don’t take images of individuals without their consent. No children should be recognisable in the photo.

Don’t over-edit. Basic cropping, colour correction and retouching are acceptable. Special effects, computer-generated images and other heavy modifications should be avoided.

Stay safe. Do not put yourself or others in danger when making your photo or video.

There is no limit to the number of photos/videos you submit. But know that you can only win 1 prize in the DiscoverEU competition.

If you want, you can always delete your post. If you do, your post will be removed from the European Youth Portal. You can also request through the portal to have your post removed.

We have the right to disqualify any photo/video if we have reasons to believe that you have not followed the rules of the competition.

By participating in the DiscoverEU Competition, you also give consent to the European Commission, to use your photos/videos for their own publicity purposes and communication.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram. Entrants discharge Instagram from any kind of responsibility in relation to this contest.

The organiser reserves the right to change or replace the competition prizes and/or modify the rules and regulations of the competition as and when necessary, without prior notice.

By submitting an image for the competition, the participant will have to fill in a form and actively opt-in in order to be eligible.

A more detailed version of the Terms and Conditions can be found here. For more information about the usage of your data, please read the Privacy Statement.