The Young Reporters for the Environment competition (YRE) aims to empower young people aged 11-25 to take a stand on environmental issues that they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video. So, what are you waiting for, give your students a voice, and register your school to participate!

Program Goals

The goal of  YRE is to reduce litter and affect long-term behaviour change. It aims to empower young people to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues through the media of writing, photography or video. Students are also asked to link their projects to one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Program Summary

YRE is designed for students aged 11 – 25 years.

Students are asked to pick an environmental topic relating to litter and/or waste, investigate it, and then report on it using one of three categories: writing, photography or film.

You’ll also be require to plan an environmental campaign and community action day where students will share their ideas and projects to raise awareness of a litter related environmental issue within the wider school and community.

Students are then invited to submit their entry to the YRE Competition for a chance to win $250 prizes and the opportunity to attend a ‘winners workshop’ and award ceremony.

The deadline for submissions to the competition is Wednesday, 1st of September 2021.

We’ll put the best of the best national competition winners forward to represent Australia in YRE’s international competition.

We’ll also provide you with lots of resources to make life easy, and so you can ensure that the programme fits with your school and classroom curriculum, including: a classroom guide, handbooks, worksheets and lessons plans.