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People all around the world will be watching Kyiv in May 2018.  They could also be watching YOU. 
You’ll need a camera, your imagination and some local knowledge of Ukraine’s wonderful capital city. 
In return, your work could be published by Pearson Ukraine, catch the eye of international judges and win you and each of your teammates a 1,000UAH voucher. 
This is Kyiv Calling…



Who can participate?

Any resident of Ukraine currently studying at a state school, university or private language school. 


How to enter?

You can enter the competition individually or as part of a team (maximum 5 people). The only other rule is that you need to make a video of between 5 and 15 minutes long presenting the best of Kyiv in English.


When to enter?

The competition will open on February 14th and close at midnight on Monday April 30th 2018. Our judges will then watch the entries and select the winners. The prize winners will be announced online by 5pm on Thursday May 10th.

Click the button below to complete the Competition Entry Form


What's the idea behind Kyiv Calling?
Watch Ben Mabley, a football commentator for J Sports and SkyPerfecTV in Tokyo, Japan, explaining why the world will be so interested in Kyiv this May. 

Over the weekend of May 26th 2018, the world will watch Kyiv.  On May 24th, the women’s Champions League Final will take place at the Lobanovskyi Stadium.  Two days later, around 350 million TV viewers on at least six different continents plus 70,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium itself will come together to watch two teams kicking a football around for ninety minutes in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final.

There are 16 teams left in the men’s competition, with five from England, three from Spain, two from Italy and one apiece from Turkey, Switzerland, Germany, France, Portugal and, of course, Ukraine.   In the women’s competition, the finalists could come from England, Spain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic or Sweden. While we won’t know the teams that eventually make it to Kyiv until the first week of May, there is already a lot of worldwide interest in the city where the finals will be played. 

What is Kyiv, though?  The Golden Gate and Pechersk Lavra?  The National Opera House and Kreshchatyk Street? St Andrew’s Descent and domed churches?  A distant city on the Dnipro with wide roads and long winters?  Those of us who live here know that, whatever Kyiv was, it is changing quickly, and that the best people to describe it are those who work, study, eat, drink and travel around it.

In other words, the world needs to hear from you!

That’s why Pearson and Dinternal Education have gathered together an international panel of 10 judges from two different continents.  The judges work for or with organisations as diverse as Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Spain’s Marca, the BBC World Service, CNN and Japan’s J Sports TV.

Think about the kind of people who’ll be visiting Kyiv in May.  In your opinion, what are the best places to visit in the city?  Where should people eat, drink and sleep?  What should and shouldn’t they do?  How do they get around Kyiv and travel safely to the Olympic Stadium?  Don’t worry if you hate football or can’t speak English perfectly.   What our judges are looking for is creativity, presentation skills , imagination and lots of practical information. This isn’t an English exam so small language mistakes are ok, but all your information should be entertaining, clear and easy to understand.

You can enter the competition individually or as part of a team (maximum 5 people). The only other rule is that you need to make a video of between 5 and 15 minutes long presenting the best of Kyiv in English. You are the experts so what you say, what you show and how you do it is completely up to you. When you’ve finished, simply upload the video to YouTube (private settings) and send us the link along with your personal details.


To help you, one of our expert judges has supplied some top tips to ensure your entry looks and sounds as professional as possible. Zahra Zomorrodian founded FNA Films and has made films and documentaries which have been shown in Britain and the USA. Her most recent work follows a season in the life of fans of Newcastle United Football Club.


As an extra reward, our competition partners What’s on Kyiv will also interview the winning team and feature the very best video on their website.   Follow What’s On Kyiv on Facebook for the very latest news on events and keep an eye out for their free monthly print issue, Kyiv’s definitive English-language lifestyle and entertainment magazine.  As well as being the best guide to what’s happening in the city, it’s also excellent practice for your language skills! 

Pearson and Dinternal Education know how creative and talented you all are because we work with you every day. Now’s your chance to prove it to the world! 

Our Judging Panel

Harry Pearson,

author and columnist
on football and travel


Kristan Heneage,

football writer for CNN,
the New York Times and The Telegraph


Sean Carroll

freelance football writer for
Japan News and the BBC World Service


Ben Mabley,

football commentator
for Japanese TV


Andrew Gibney,

freelance journalist and women’s football expert


Stuart Fuller,

author, award-winning blogger
and football club chairman


Euan McTear,

author and football writer
for Marca and Eurosport


Jeff Livingstone,

global football and culture
website founder


Zahra Zomorrodian,

founder of FNA Films and documentary
and film producer  


Jonathan Fisher,

video producer for the
Guardian News & Media 


Our international judges are waiting to see your work. 
Boost your CV, get noticed globally and win vouchers to improve your English too! 
Competition Partners

Together we do more!