The Environment and Protected Areas Authority (EPAA) has extended the deadline for its video-clip competition until the end of December. The competition winners, who capture videos of birds of prey in Kalba Bird of Prey Centre, an EPAA affiliate, will be announced and awarded in January. Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, EPAA Chairman, said, “This contest is held to encourage people to take videos of the environment and anything related to it. Our aim is to encourage as many people as possible to participate in EPAA projects, initiatives and programs, and should, of course, appeal primarily to bird lovers. Competitions such as these are an important part of our strategy to engage the public with the work we do. Our hope is to spread awareness and education about conservation issues to the wider public in order to protect our wildlife and biodiversity.” Competition candidates need to capture a 30-second or less clip of the birds in the Kalba Bird of Prey Centre, then send the video via direct messaging to the EPAA Instagram account @epaa_shj. The video must also show a clip of the entry ticket to the center at the end and no video may be published until after the contest winners have been announced. Participants can submit as many videos as they like, and at the end of the contest, three winners will be announced in first, second and third place. First prize will be AED 2,000 AED and a certificate of honor. The second-place winner will receive AED 1,500 AED and a certificate of honor and third place will receive AED 1,000 AED and a certificate of honor. Kalba Bird of Prey Centre, inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi in January 2014, is the first of its kind in the UAE and the Middle East. It is an environmentally protected area for rare birds, providing them with an ideal habitat. It is also an educational and recreational destination. The centre has 52 species of birds, including the bald eagle, golden eagle, steppe eagle and long-legged buzzard, the white owl and snowy owl, the white scavenger vulture, the red-tailed hawk and other species that receive care and attention under conditions appropriate for them and in accordance with international standards.