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Brain Awareness Video Contest

  • Published17 Mar 2023
  • Reviewed17 Mar 2023
  • Source BrainFacts/SfN

The Brain Awareness Video Contest (BAVC) is an annual competition held by Society for Neuroscience (SfN) to showcase videos of entertaining and educational neuroscience concepts and activities.

Since the launch of the contest in 2011, has featured over 100 of these imaginative, brainy videos from contestants around the world.

Submissions for the 2023 contest are open from March 17 to July 5, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Check out’s tips on how to create a winning BAVC video.

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1. First place: $4,000 and complimentary registration to Neuroscience 2023 in Washington, D.C.
2. Second place: $500
3. Third place: $250
4. People’s Choice: $500

Read the 2023 rules and regulations

Enter the 2023 Brain Awareness Video Contest


Things to consider when crafting a great BAVC video:

  1. Be professional.
    • Pay attention to grammar, lighting, and audio quality.
  2. Be concise. 
    • Keep it short and sweet. 50% of viewers tune out after three minutes.
  3. Know your audience.
  4. Be entertaining. 
    • Use humor, a snappy beat, and your creativity. 
    • Utilize your resources: White board drawings do well, and so do videos shot in the lab or other interesting settings.
  5. Be unique. 
    • Create a video that has not been done before.
      • Check out previous videos from the Brain Awareness Video Contest.
      • Think outside the box: Videos about surprising and quirky facts are popular.
    • Come up with a catchy title.
        • Accurately convey the video's content.
        • Lists and questions tend to do well.

    Access resources for help obtaining royalty-free music and images for your video

    View the 2022 Brain Awareness Video Contest Winners:

    First PlaceNeuroscience for Kids: How Does Our Brain Create Flavor? by Nikki Frazer.

    Second PlaceThe Science Behind the Cocktail Party Effect by Piper Rennerfeldt.

    Third PlaceCircadian Rhythm: The Clock that Keeps on Ticking by Sean Gay.

    • People's ChoiceLab Grown Mini Brain by Arpan Parichha.

    Follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram + use the hashtag #BAVC23 on social media.



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