Young Reporters for the Environment Competition


In the United States, youth between the ages of 13 and 21 are invited to participate in the national Young Reporters for the Environment competition. They may enter as individuals or as part of a class or group. Participants investigate an environmental issue and report on it in writing, photography, or video. Entries must be relevant to participants’ local community, connect to a global perspective, include possible solutions, and be disseminated to an appropriate target audience. 

Participants enter in one of three age categories: 13-15, 16-18, or 19-21.

They may choose between three different media types:

Writing (article of up to 1000 words)

Photography (a single photo or photo essay of up to 12 photos)

Video (up to 3 minutes in length, in documentary or reporter/interview style)

Submissions are due to the U.S. national competition by Friday, March 13, 2015, 12 P.M. EST.

The national jury will select winners in each age bracket for each media type. Honors may be given for first, second, and third prize in each category. The jury has the option not to give an award if no submission is found to be deserving, and to give more than one award in the case of multiple exceptional entries.

First place winners in each category will continue to the international competition.

Complete submission requirements are detailed here.

Submitting your work to YRE USA gives National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) the non-exclusive right to promote and use the submission in online and print publications. Credit will always be given to the author.

You, as the author, are responsible for securing any necessary permissions. For example, you would need permission to include copyrighted material (words, images, music) in your piece or to photograph or videotape children.

Click here to read the official contest rules (PDF).

2014-2015 CALENDAR

March 13, 2015

Submissions due for U.S. competition.

April 30, 2015

National winners announced. 

First place winners progress to international level.

June 5, 2015

International winners announced (World Environment Day).

Via EcoSchools USA