International video essay competition
for young people ages 14-18

Your chance to win $1,000 for your favourite charity and $200 for you!


UWC Dilijan, the first international boarding school in Armenia, and the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative, an organization focussed on empowering humanitarians around the world, invite you to a special virtual event “Gratitude in Action” on October 19, 2020, at 7.00 pm EST broadcast live from the New York Public Library to celebrate Aurora Prize’s fifth anniversary by honouring this year’s Aurora Prize Laureates and paying tribute to New York City COVID-19 heroes.

We hope that Aurora heroes will inspire you to reflect on heroes around you and to participate in an international competition MY AURORA HERO by submitting a one-minute video essay about a person in your life or wider community who is your hero and why.

One prize will be awarded by popular vote and the second by a jury. $1,000 cash prizes will go to the charities nominated by the winners with $200 cash reward to the winners themselves.

Watch video MY AURORA HERO

Important Dates

Watch a special virtual event “Gratitude in Action” on October 19, 2020, at 7.00 pm EST

By October 23, 2020 Let us know if you are interested in participating via this link (the deadline has been extended to allow those who could not watch the live event due to time difference)

By November 2, 2020 Reflect, record and submit your video essay (link for uploading the video will be provided)

November 5-15, 2020 Promote the channel with essays for the public vote

November 19, 2020 Participate in the awards ceremony at 3.00 pm EST via this link

Note: Submissions are welcome in all languages, just please provide English subtitles.

If you have any questions, please contact us on

We look forward to receiving your entries!