YouTube NextUp contest calls for next generation of Arab stars

Twelve contest winners get an all expenses paid trip to Dubai later this year to attend the 2018 YouTube NextUp creator camp.
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YouTube has announced the third year of the YouTube NextUp contest to find the next generation of star creators that will grow the Arab creator community. The YouTube creator community in the Arab world has been generating an array of diverse content that has gained creators millions of subscribers from across the Middle East and North Africa, and the 2018 contest will look to add a new generation of talent to the community.

The contest is designed to find and highlight the emerging creators out there making creative and exciting short-form videos. Twelve winners get an all expenses paid trip to Dubai later this year to attend the 2018 YouTube NextUp creator camp. The camp provides a week of intensive production classes and filming opportunities at the dedicated YouTube space in Dubai Studio City. 

Last year’s NextUp took nine creators from four different countries to London for a five-day camp where they met with the region’s top creators like Laila Mourad (who has more than 1.4 million subscribers on her channel) and media professionals who mentored them on production essentials like lighting, audio, storytelling, camera, and editing techniques.

In addition to attending the YouTube NextUp creator camp in Dubai, the 12 winners will get:

- $2,000 voucher towards production gear (or its equivalent in their countries)
- Mentorship from hand-picked advanced creators (who will be announced in a few weeks), including NextUp alumni
- At least 3 months of ongoing support from the YouTube Content Partnerships team, including follow up hangouts
- Unlock the Space at the YouTube Space Dubai and be invited to participate in future production programs from Spaces

Entering channels (including those part of a multi-channel-network) must meet the following eligibility criteria:

- Have a channel with between 10,000 - 100,000 subscribers
- Have monetization enabled
- Account must be in good standing (no Terms of Use or Copyright strikes)
- At least 3 videos uploaded in the channel in the last 90 days

Last year’s NextUp creator camp resulted in more than half of the winners surpassing the 100,000 subscriber mark while the other half noticed a major increase in total watch time on their channels. 

Interested creators can visit the YouTube NextUp website for more information on how to enter the contest. Deadline for submissions is August 6.

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