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Mideast & North Africa


Calling Arab creators everywhere: YouTube NextUp is back!

The YouTube creator community in the Arab world has been generating an array of diverse content that has gained these creators millions of subscribers from across the Middle East and North Africa. To us at YouTube, the community represents the heart beat of the platform. Which is why we’re proud to announce that for the third year in a row, we’ll be running the YouTube NextUp contest to find the next generation that will grow the Arab creator community.

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Some of last year’s winners listen in during a workshop on lighting

This contest will help us find and highlight the emerging creators out there making creative and exciting videos. The twelve winners will get an all expenses paid trip to Dubai later this year to attend the 2018 YouTube NextUp creator camp, a week of intensive production classes and filming opportunities at a dedicated space.

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.

Pictures of last year's attendees during the event

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 camp left a great impact on its alumni. More than half of the winners surpassed the 100,000 subscriber mark while the other half noticed a major increase in total watchtime on their channels. We can’t wait to meet the next class of YouTube NextUp at the Creator Camp in Dubai and we look forward to seeing their channels grow and prosper!

Visit the YouTube NextUp website for more information on how to enter the contest. Deadline for submissions is August 6!