2020 WSI video competition is now open for submissions

The prestigious WSI video competition “women in the seafood industry” opens its fourth edition and awaits entries until July the 2nd

Submitted by WSI

One seafood worker in two is a woman. They are essential contributors to the industry but remain invisible. In compliance with its objective to raise awareness on the contribution of women in the seafood industry, and to promote young female professionals, the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry (WSI) is launching the second edition of the “women in seafood” video competition. WSI’s partners include, the technical support of MATIS Iceland, and the French Development Agency (AFD).

The prestigious WSI video competition “women in the seafood industry” opens its fourth edition and awaits entries until July the 2nd. This allows six months to shoot a short and sharp video to highlight the contribution of one, or several, women in any segment of the seafood industry. The winners will be announced in the first week of September 2020.

Making the invisible visible

The FAO utilised five of WSI videos during the world Fisheries Sustainability Symposium in November 2019 to illustrate the role of women in the seafood industry. Women are in many circumstances ignored, invisible and consequently often unrecognised. Thus, this fourth edition of the “women in seafood” WSI video competition, made possible thanks to the technical support of MATIS Iceland and the sponsoring of the French Development Agency (AFD). 2019 was a real success with 32 entries recorded from all over the world.

Participating to the video competition produces multiples positive impacts:

It sheds light on the contribution of women in the seafood industry, a role which often stays invisible. It offers, to the working women engaged in the video, a unique opportunity to explain and share experiences. Last but not least, it helps women in the industry to be heard and recognized by the surrounding community, and globally.  

Who can participate?

Every one. Individuals, women and men, collectives and institutions, and schools are invited to send short videos (less than 4 minutes) describing the life of woman in any segment of the seafood industry (fishing, seafood farming, processing, trading, managing and all related activities, including teaching/ training). All details of the video competition are found here: WSI Video Competition.


An international jury, hosted seafood professionals from the 5 continents will select the top three videos. Three winners will receive a cash reward: 1,000 euros for the top winner, and 500 euros each for the second and third video selected. Furthermore, considering the high quality of most entries, WSI has decided to designate four additional winners who will receive a non-monetary prize.

President WSI, Marie Christine Monfort at
WSI is a not-for-profit association, created by seafood and gender issues specialists to highlight gender imbalance in the industry, to shed light on women’s real participation, and to promote greater diversity and inclusiveness.

The 2019 winners:

The first prize was awarded to Women of the Arousa Sea, (Spain):
“The best! Touching, strong, positive, with context and showing diverse angles of women at sea”.

The second prize was awarded to Oyster Farming in Wadatar (India)
“A great story of an initiative to improve women’s life.  An honest account too of challenges and a very clear story. So much was offered to the viewer in such a short amount of time.”

The third prize was awarded to The Aquaculture women of Lake Arapa (Peru)
“We at the trout farm Truchas Arapa are very honored to have been selected by WSI’s jury. In this video, we prove that women of the Puno-Peru Region, being mothers, sisters, wives, fisherwomen, businesswomen, managers, directors and workers, participate entirely to the development of our communities and of our country.” Marisol Churacutipa, manager, Truchas Arapa Peru.