OPPORTUNITY: National Eco-Journalism Competition for Youth

Are you someone who is passionate about writing, journalism, photography, or videography?
Do you care about our environment?
Do you want a more sustainable future for everyone?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions than we have an opportunity for you!

YRE Canada (Young Reporters for the Environment) is running a competition that is open to ages 11-14 and 15-18 and this year’s theme is:


Eco-Journalism Comp.

To enter the competition, submit work under one of three categories (article, photography, or video) for your age group (11-14 or 15-18) with your email, and school.

The piece should investigate solutions to a local environmental issue/problem based on the theme and then report through writing, photos, or videos.

Students may submit more than one piece and can work individually or in groups of no more than three people.

Winners have the chance to be published on Alternatives Journal’s website during spring 2018.

*See here for full YRE National Competition rules
**Judging criteria for each category can be found here. A first, second, and third place winner will be selected for each category in each age group.
***Find all of your questions answers on their FAQ page.
**** Want to promote this contest around your school? Download their competition poster here.

In addition to featuring some of their young reports and past winners, YRE Canada has developed resources such as instructional videos and Young Reporters Handbooks for each of the three categories. Each handbook contains tips on how to write, photography or film like an environmental journalist. Find them here.

As a part of Environmental Defense, a Canadian environmental action organization, YRE Canada is a national environmental education program that gives youth the opportunity to be a part of the solution by producing creative and engaging environmental journalism. Participants of the program investigate and report on environmental issues, and propose solutions, by using video, photography, or writing!

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