We invite you once again to pick up a camera and record stories of the diverse heroes among us

Unique tales of people and communities,

Pakistan’s undiscovered superstars,

Ideals of diversity, acceptance, and resilience,

Young and old mentors from all over the country.

#OurDiversePakistan contest will award
More than Rs2 million in prizes


Entries will be accepted between July 5 and August 25, 2019.

Please read through the submission process and video production rules (below) carefully before applying.

Choose whether you are participating in the video story contest or social media contest. You can apply in only one of the contests.

If you have any queries, reach out to us at videocontest@dawn.com and +92-331-2444651


After all submissions are received, our jury will evaluate entries and pick winners.

Announcement of winners

Winners will be announced on the contest website and on Dawn.com's platforms.

Opportunity to work with Deutsche Welle

After the contest ends, three lucky teams from the top 10 will get a chance to work with DW Documentary to produce a 12-15min long documentary film and win a prize of Rs330,000 each.

These films will be published on DW Documentary’s official Youtube channel.


  • Jami Filmmaker and Director
  • Babar Shaikh Producer and Director
  • Jahanzaib Haque Editor Dawn.com
  • Stefan Robin√© Deputy Head Visual Services & Documentaries
  • Kishwar Mustafa Head of Urdu Service
Identify the real heroes who define

Video structure and duration

Every video must follow the structure outlined below in the same order:


Participants can make the video in any language.

English subtitles will be added to ALL videos at the bottom of the screen by the organisers.


All rights to the films made as part of the project will belong to the organisers, and a disclaimer stating so will be added to all videos received for this contest by the organisers. The organisers will share worldwide rights to the finished videos. The videos will not be used for any commercial purposes.

Filmmakers will have complete rights to show and exhibit their videos.

Stills and images

Participants may use still photographs. If any photographs are sourced from a third party, the source should be clearly mentioned on the credit list.

Additional images, graphics or material used to enhance the film should be royalty free content. All creative commons material must be credited.

Special effects

Animation and special effects are allowed only if they have been created during the dates of the competition.

Audio and music

Participants must only use royalty free music /original background score for the film to avoid any copyright issues.

The candidates can participate in the contest between July 5 and August 25, 2019 by following these steps:
  1. Upload final video file to Dropbox, WeTransfer or Google Drive folder.
  2. Share the link to download the video to videocontest@dawn.com - the email should also include names of all participants, and a line stating that "The film has been produced following the rules and guidelines provided on the contest website, and consent is given to the organisers for owning all rights to the film".
  3. Wait for a confirmation email. This can take up to 2 days, depending on the number of submissions received.
  4. If your video is shortlisted as a finalist, you will receive a second email at a later stage.
  5. If your video is not shortlisted, you will receive an email indicating so, after which you may publish the film on social media to compete in the #OurDiversePakistan social media contest.

    If you have any queries, reach out to us at videocontest@dawn.com and +92-331-2444651

Take part in the


social media contest to win two prizes worth Rs55,000 each

How to participate:
Step one:
Shoot a video (in any format) or snap a photo that captures the story of Pakistan's diverse, undiscovered heroes.
Step two:
Post the video/photo on your PERSONAL ACCOUNT on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #OurDiversePakistan
Step three:
Make sure you set the video/photo to public and post between July 5 and September 21, 2019.
Step four:
Encourage your family, friends and social network to like, heart, retweet, share and comment on your video/photo! Each heart, retweet, share and comment counts as 1 point: a minimum of 100 points are needed to be eligible for the prizes.
Step five:
Be patient! The jury will review eligible submissions
and two winners will be anounced on our platforms later.

NOTE: By submitting a video/photo to the #OurDiversePakistan social media contest, you agree to giving the organisers all rights to the submission, including uploading the content to their websites/other platforms.

The content will not be used for commercial purposes. The participant will be given credit if their content is uploaded.

The jury from Dawn and DW will decide the winner for the social media contest and the final decision will be up to their discretion. The points calculated through likes/comments/retweets will only be used to shortlist the most popular entries across all mediums.

All entries should be original and the sole intellectual property of the participant(s). Any entry found otherwise will be automatically disqualified from the contest.


Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany's international broadcaster. The flagship channel DW provides analysis and insights to viewers around the globe, reporting on important issues in English 24/7. DW is available online in 30 languages including Urdu. Visit DW Documentary on Youtube or at dw.com/urdu.

Dawn.com is the largest English news website in Pakistan. Being Pakistan's oldest media group, the platform offers a rich, dynamic and diversified digital front to audiences all over the world.