All you have to do is make an Instagram video about pandas

By Alex Heigl
Updated December 04, 2015 04:03 PM
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Because there’s nothing better than combining the ferociously American spirit of competition and cute animals, Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian National Zoo has started a contest that will allow winners to meet the Zoo’s newest panda, Bei Bei, almost a full month early.

Called #PandaStory, the competition asks that people create short Instagram videos (15 seconds or less) about — you guessed it — pandas.

Lucky winners will get to meet Bei Bei and check out the giant panda habitat on Dec. 19, nearly a month ahead of the rest of the sad hoi polloi that will be queuing up on Jan. 16.

The deadline for application is Dec. 7. More details about how to submit a video are available here. Good luck, and godspeed: Bei Bei’s counting on you.