Clean Air Punjab Competition by Let Me Breathe [Video and Essay Writing, Cash Prizes Worth Rs. 30k]: Apply by Jan 10

Let me Breathe is announcing its call for entries for the Clean Air Punjab Competition. Share the most unheard Punjab pollution stories and local solutions for clean air by joining this competition.

About Let me Breathe

Let Me Breathe (LMB) is a platform that provides space to document and tell stories of living and surviving air pollution, climate change, and the end of fossil fuels in India. It was founded in the year 2017 by two Delhiites.

The entire discussion around air pollution in Punjab is seen only through the lens of Delhi and stubble burning which we believe is a big roadblock in addressing the issue in the state. With that in mind, they are organizing a storytelling workshop for young people in Punjab to address the issue, Understanding Air pollution sources that contribute to pollution in Punjab.


  • Decoding the sources: What is the state of air quality in Punjab? What are the different sources of air pollution and what are we doing about it?
  • People’s pollution stories: Stories on how air pollution has affected lives & livelihoods in Punjab
  • Pind di clean air Innovation: Highlight innovative ideas that are mitigating air pollution and bringing solutions to Punjab


  • 1st Place: A cash prize of INR 15,000
  • 2nd Place: A cash prize of INR 10,000
  • 3rd Place: A cash prize of INR 5,000
  • The top 50 applicants will be provided the following:
    • Online storytelling and video-making Bootcamp run exclusively by an award-winning platform- Pluc
    • One-on-one guidance to create your entry for the second (final) round

Competition Structure

Round 1

The competition is open to participants from Punjab and accepts entries in the categories listed above.

Submit your entry in any of the available categories to be reviewed by the judging panel.

  • Video Story
    • Stories should be 1-3 minutes long.
    • Individuals/groups can submit one story per category.
    • Stories should be appropriate for all audiences shot under fair use after the prior consent of individuals captured
  • Photo series
    • Each photograph should be accompanied by a caption and a short description (50 words)
    • The photograph should be original; not morphed and the participant should be the sole and original owner of it.
    • The photo must not contain violence, profanity, obscenity, racism, intimidation or direct attacks on individuals or organizations.

Round 2

Top 50 entries will be selected and will join a 2-day Bootcamp after which they’ll have to work on a final assignment related to the story prompts shared in the Bootcamp.

Training and mentorship for selected students with the Pluc team will be provided through this process.

The Bootcamp will cover

  • Introduction to Mobile Storytelling
  • How to find a good story
  • How to storyboard
  • How to shoot
  • How to anchor
  • How to fact-check
  • How to position your video on social media
  • Tips & Tricks
  • Q&A


  • Any person between the age of 15-29 years, living in and sharing a story from Punjab
  • While it is encouraged that participation from school & college students should come, you can submit an entry as long as you are a young person with a story to tell.

How to Submit

Send your application following the link given at the end of this page and follow the steps described below.

  • Introduction to Mobile Storytelling
    • Name of author/producer(s)
    • Age of author/producer(s) on day of submission in the competition
    • Name of registered school/college/group if any
    • State and city of residence
  • Fulfill the Format & Structure and the Dissemination criteria for its category.
  • Focus on real and current local issues and present possible and constructive solutions supported by credible sources e.g. local stakeholders, experts, research, etc.
  • Include a credit role, footnotes, or a bibliography with the sources of images, video footage, music, and information not created by students (see information in T&C).
  • Credit information
    • Courtesy for footage that isn’t owned by you
    • Source of data or any information used
    • Source or owner of music used
    • Bibliography for the story and other information cited by experts featured in the story


There is no fee payable to enter the competition.

Language of Submission

Entries can be in Hindi, English, Punjabi


The last date for submission is January 10, 2021

Contact Information

For queries, write to info[at]


Click here for the submission link for the Competition.


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