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YouTube opens the NextUp competition 

July 18, 2017

Digital Reporter

Cover art Samantha Gonzales

Aside from earning 100,000 views for videos of yourself doing something creative/funny/inspiring/entertaining/ stupid, you may now also fly to California and receive production equipment worth ₱100,000 for being a YouTube creator, all by entering a contest.

Video‑streaming company YouTube is looking for Filipino content creators to join a week‑long camp this October as it launches NextUp competition in the Philippines.

The contest is open to YouTube creators with 10,000 to 100,000 subscribers and at least three original videos posted in the past three months.

Winners will receive a voucher for production equipment worth ₱100,000, and will join the YouTube Pop‑up Space Manila from October 19‑24 where they will be trained by previous NextUp winners and top YouTube creators.

One of the finalists, which the company will announce later this year, will join a global creator camp at YouTube Space LA in California, USA, and will have the chance to collaborate with creators from other countries.

According to YouTube, winners will be chosen based on the originality and coherence of their videos. Also part of the criteria are the “potential for improvement, capacity for attracting audiences, and alignment with YouTube’s core values.” YouTube is the only platform that demonstrated an overall positive impact on young people’s mental health, according to the #StatusofMind study.

Interested creators can fill out the application form through the competition’s website until August 2.

In a press release, YouTube said the competition would open opportunities for YouTube creators in the Philippines, which the company called “one of the most vibrant YouTube creator communities around the world,” with huge growth in content and mobile viewing sessions.

“YouTube is looking for passionate and motivated YouTube creators who are ready to create powerful stories with better production skills; those who are seeking mentorship from production and channel development experts, and eager participants looking for an opportunity to collaborate with talented creators and be a part of the global NextUp community,” the company said.