Biotherapy Video Contests

The deadline for submitting Biotherapy Videos for the most recent contest has passed. The next contest will be announced shortly.

In the meantime, check out the submissions to the 2012 contest. Voting is still open. Be sure to watch these videos and vote for your favorite(s) by "liking" the videos. We will announce the winning videos in July 2013.

General information about the BTER Foundation's video contest appears below:

  • Contest 2012 - Watch submitted videos here, and vote for winning videos
  • Background – Biotherapy and the BTER Foundation
  • Contest Objectives
  • Prizes
  • Submission Requirements
  • Download Submission Form
  • Official Rules

  • Background – Biotherapy and the BTER Foundation

    Biotherapy is the use of living animals to aid in the diagnosis or treatment of illness. The BioTherapeutics, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of healthcare through education and research in biotherapy. This mission is accomplished through patient assistance grants, public education, research support, and the production and distribution of quality educational programs for health care professionals. More information about the BTER Foundation is available here.

    Biotherapeutic modalities include guide and service dogs, maggot therapy, leech therapy, bee venom therapy, phage therapy, and many other similar treatments. Some of these modalities, like leech therapy, are ancient; others, like helmintherapy, have been developed only in the last 20 years.

    Contest Objectives

    Despite the use of some of these biotherapeutic modalities for thousands of years, many people – health care professionals and the public at large – are not well informed about the modern medical uses biotherapy. The purpose of this contest is to inspire the creation, dissemination, and/or publication of informative videos presenting biotherapy. In this way, we are advancing the knowledge and awareness of biotherapy for both the creators and the viewers of these videos.


    Monarch Labs is sponsoring the event this year, providing awards for the top three submissions: checks for $300, $200, and $100. In addition, the top ten entries will receive free membership to the BTER Foundation for a year, a value of up to $125.

    Submission Requirements

    The videos should be between one and ten minutes in duration and should be in one of the following formats: MPEG, MP4, Flash (either SWF or FLV), QuickTime, or AVI. Submitted videos should define, teach, illustrate, or discuss maggot debridement therapy, leech therapy, bee venom therapy, or any of the other biotherapies.

    For more information, see Official Rules and Submission Form. If you have any questions, please e-mail: info @

    Contest Entry Form

    Download the submission form HERE.

    Official Rules and Guidelines

    Contest Start Date: July 15, 2011 (First day entry form will be available online.)

    Contest End Date: December 31, 2011 (Entries must be submitted by 11:59PM Pacific Time.)

    Contest information is available: Online at

    Eligibility Criteria: The BioTherapeutic, Education & Research (BTER) Foundation Video Contest is open to legal permanent residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, and territories and possession of the United States, ages 13 and older. A minor (for these purposes, a person under eighteen years of age as of the time of entry) entering the Contest must receive his/her parent/legal guardian’s permission and include his/her parent’s/legal guardian’s name and daytime telephone number on the official entry form where indicated. If a prize is won by a minor, the prize shall be awarded to the minor’s parent or guardian, who must execute the required documentation on the minor’s behalf as a condition to the payment by the BTER Foundation of any prize money. Board Members, officers, administrative staff, and their families of the BTER Foundation and the contest sponsor, Monarch Labs, are not eligible to win prizes, although they may submit entries. Contest is void where prohibited.

    Entrants must submit an original video that should define, teach, illustrate, or discuss maggot debridement therapy, leech therapy, bee venom therapy, or any of the other biotherapies. The video must be the original work of the entrant and cannot contain any work (in whole or in part) which infringes the intellectual property rights of any third party. If someone else’s copyrighted material is used, written consent for its inclusion in the project must accompany the application form. Entrants must not use pre-recorded or copyrighted music in their videos unless they have a Master Use and Synchronization license. Entrants may use royalty-free music or their own original score.

    How to Enter: To enter, access the contest website during the official contest period, complete the official entry form and submit it and the video as directed. Videos can be in .wmv, .avi, .mov, .mpg, mp4, .swf, or .flv file formats. Entries must be submitted no later than 11:59PM Pacific Time on December 31, 2011. Contestants may enter as many videos as they wish. Entry materials become the property of the BTER Foundation and will not be returned.

    Entrants retain full copyrights to their submissions. However, by submitting a video to this contest, the entrant grants the BTER Foundation full but non-exclusive rights to use, edit, and/or publish the work for education, promotional, or other purposes, in any manner or format, for up to five years following the close of the contest. The BTER Foundation will not transfer nor sell these rights without the agreement of the entrant/copyright holder.

    Selection of Contest Winners: Qualified individuals from the BTER Foundation or its designees will select the ten finalists, which will then be posted on the contest website, on the BTER Foundation’s YouTube* page, and on the Foundation’s Facebook* fan page. To determine first, second, and third place, voting will be open to the public beginning January 1, 2012 and ending at 11:59PM Pacific Time on March 1, 2012. There will be a limit of one vote per person or email address. In the event of a tie in the online voting, the tied videos will be judged by qualified individuals, selected by the BTER Foundation Board of Directors.

    The ten finalists will each receive free membership to the BTER Foundation for a year, a value of up to $125. First, second, and third place will receive checks for $300, $200, and $100, respectively.

    Contest Prizes: The ten finalists will each receive free membership to the BTER Foundation for a year, a value of up to $125. First, second, and third place will receive checks for $300, $200, and $100, respectively. Prizes may not be transferred. The BTER Foundation reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to make prize substitutions, in whole or in part, should that be necessary. Winners are responsible for paying taxes on any prize accepted, including cash prizes, and any expenses not specified relating to the acceptance and use of a prize. An IRS Form 1099 will be issued to winners where applicable.

    Notification of Winners: Winners and finalists will be notified by a traceable form of delivery and e-mail or telephone. Each winner will be required to provide, within a specified time period, a photocopy of a valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, or other form of identification and proof of age); a completed and signed Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release and a Publicity Release; an assignment to the BTER Foundation of a non-exclusive license to use, edit, and/or publish the video in any format and for any purpose, for a period of not less than five years, without additional compensation to or prior review by the winner. In addition, a separate Talent Release Form (downloaded from the BTER Video Contest website) signed by each individual appearing in the video will be required. Failure to return the required documents in a timely fashion, or the return of any notification as undeliverable for any reason, will cause the entry to be void and an alternate winner to be selected. If a winner or finalist (or any individual appearing in a video) is under the age of eighteen, all relevant documents must be confirmed, ratified and signed by the parent or legal guardian of the individual signing the document(s).

    Additional Stipulations: By participating, entrants (and if under eighteen years old, the entrant’s parent or legal guardian): (a) agree to these official rules and to the decisions of the judges and the BTER Foundation and its agents in all matters, including the voting process, relating to the contest, which decisions shall be final in all respects; (b) release, indemnify and hold harmless the BTER Foundation, its sponsor, Monarch Labs, and their respective directors, officers and employees, from any and all claims, liabilities, losses or damages of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to the infringement of intellectual property rights of others, resulting in whole or in part from their participation in the contest and the acceptance and use of the prize; (c) consent to the use of their name for advertising and publicity purposes by the BTER Foundation, in its sole discretion, of its products and services and for promotion of the importance of protection of intellectual property rights; and (d) represent that the video submitted is their sole and original work and does not infringe the intellectual property rights of any other party.

    Participants agree that the BTER Foundation and its agents are not responsible for late, lost or misdirected entries or mail, or for error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure of the BTER Foundation and its agents to receive entries for any reason whatsoever or for any errors, mishaps or problems, regardless of the cause, in the voting process. In the event the BTER Foundation determines that the integrity of the contest has been impaired or corrupted for any reason and as a result cannot be offered or completed as planned, the BTER Foundation reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel or terminate the contest and to select winners from among eligible entries legitimately received prior to the event causing cancellation or termination. Notice of such cancellation will be posted at Should the BTER Foundation and judges, in their sole discretion, determine that there are insufficient entries worthy of being selected as a finalist, they reserve the right to select less than the stated number of winners; and in such event the dollar value of the finalist prizes not awarded may be applied by the BTER Foundation to education about biotherapy. The contest shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of California; and any legal action concerning the contest shall be brought only in a state or federal court located in Orange County, California. Dates are subject to change.

    *The BTER Foundation is not affiliated with YouTube, Facebook, or any of their members. YouTube and Facebook are registered trademarks of Google, Inc. and Facebook, Inc., respectively.