CSF Story Contest for course graduates


Dear CSF Course graduate,

How has economics helped you protect nature?

Have you used the tools you learned in your CSF course in your work?

Tell us your story, and we will help you share it with the CSF community and the world. The author of the best story will win a brand new Apple iPad!

What are we looking for?

Your story (Maximum 500 words – English, Spanish, Portuguese or French)

How has economics helped you? Did you achieve something using economic tools that you would otherwise not have been able to achieve? If so, that is the story we want to hear.

Please include at least one photo (of yourself, for example) that can help illustrate the story. You are also welcome, but not required, to submit additional pictures, and even short videos, if they help tell the story.

Why are we doing this?

1. We want to hear about your accomplishments and success!
2. We want to know exactly how economic tools have helped you in your work and adjust our program accordingly.
3. Your stories will help us raise funds so we can continue and expand our Conservation Economics training program.

What are the prizes?

Grand prize – Apple iPad
Runners Up (2): Apple iPod Shuffle

How will stories be judged?

1. Conservation impact.

How have you used economic analysis to conserve real places and wildlife, and help local communities? The bigger the conservation impact the better.

2. CSF linkage.

How did the tools and strategies you learned in your training with us help? Could you have done this before your training? If not, explain why.

3. Storytelling quality.

We are looking for exciting and dramatic stories, so have fun, and make the story compelling.

What are the rules?

Anybody who has taken a course from CSF is eligible to enter this contest.

All entries must be submitted by April 22, 2011.

Please submit photos in .jpg, .gif or .tiff format


About the Contest

Conservation Strategy Fund is holding a story contest. Graduates of CSF’s training programs are invited to submit stories which explain the conservation impact of their work, with special emphasis on the ways CSF’s economic and strategic tools have aided them in their work.


To be eligible to participate in this campaign groups or individuals must have participated in a CSF training course.

Each group or individual is allowed to submit only one entry. Duplicate entries, or multiple entries will be removed, and their author’s disqualified from the contest.

By participation in the CSF Story Contest, whether the entry is selected as a winner or not, upon submission into the contest participants:

1. Give Conservation Strategy Fund, it’s staff or affiliates, the unrestricted right and permission to copyright and use, re-use, publish, and republish their stories, photos and videos in online and print publications, presentations, television, radio, or in any other way that CSF sees fit without notification, permission, or compensation.

2. Relinquish any right that they may have to examine or approve the completed product or products or the advertising copy or printed matter that may be used in conjunction therewith or the use to which it may be applied.

3. Have read the above authorization, release and agreement, prior to its execution; and fully understands the contents thereof.

Entries will be accepted until Friday April 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm Pacific Daylight Time on www.conservation-strategy.com.

The entries will be judged by solely by CSF staff, based upon the following criteria:

• Conservation impact
• Linkage to CSF work
• Storytelling quality


There will be three winners selected by the judges:

Grand Prize, 2nd place and 3rd place.

The grand prize winner will receive an Apple iPad Tablet Computer (32GB, Wi-Fi), and the 2nd and 3rd place winners will each receive an Apple iPod Shuffle (4th generation, 2GB).

Conservation Strategy Fund will purchase the devices, and be responsible for shipping the prizes to the winners’ address anywhere in the world. CSF is not responsible for import duties, taxes and tariffs. CSF reserves the right to substitute a cash prize, at the discretion of the judges, in the following values: Grand Prize $650, 2nd and 3rd place prizes $100.

By submitting your entry to the contest, you are certifying that you acknowledge and agree to comply with all of the rules and regulations set forth for the CSF Story Contest.

Contests are void where prohibited by law. The contestants assume the total responsibility of knowing their local laws in regard to video contests and are subject to any local, state, national or international laws. Conservation Strategy Fund accepts no responsibility for making these individual legal determinations.

Participation in the CSF Story Contest through submitting an entry constitutes your unconditional agreements to the Official Rules and the decisions of the administrators and judges which are final. Having your entry selected as a winner will be contingent upon fulfilling all of the requirements stated herein.